Build STEM Work Environments That Retain STEM Skills

2018-11-16T17:58:48+00:00November 15th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

In recent years, news outlets have stressed the importance of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills. How important are these skills? 75% of the fastest-growing occupations require STEM skills. U.S. employment in STEM fields has gone up more than 30% since 2000. This information is great to hear if you are a STEM advocate or [...]

Dodge the Business Line Viability Trap

2018-09-06T03:41:22+00:00January 30th, 2018|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

As a senior leader, what do you do if a new business line in your organization is not performing up to expectations? How do you avoid shutting it down prematurely or continuing to bet on a losing horse? These are valid questions you may have asked yourself on the way to work, because your responsibilities [...]

What Is Your 2017 M&A Readiness?

2018-09-09T04:35:17+00:00January 12th, 2017|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

It’s the beginning of a new year which brings interest in what the market will look like for the next 12 months, especially from a merger and acquisition (M&A) standpoint. What do you anticipate? How ready is your organization if an M&A is on the horizon? When key market stakeholders were recently asked, most expected [...]

The Treatment for Company Growing Pains

2018-09-12T05:11:47+00:00May 5th, 2016|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

“Our company is in growth mode, and we are feeling ‘pains’ due to how we have handled growth to date. We are trying to prevent the growing pains from getting worse but are having limited success.” Does this sound familiar? The amount of growing pains experienced by a company can be impacted by a variety [...]

Make Efficient Decisions by Consensus

2018-09-14T04:37:41+00:00September 3rd, 2015|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

  "Let's continue this discussion at next week's meeting, because we need to take another look at these issues to get everyone's commitment." As soon as Bill heard the vice president make this statement, his blood pressure shot up 20 points, because this would be the third time that a decision has been kicked down [...]

Natural Employee Engagement

2018-09-20T03:59:53+00:00July 9th, 2015|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

How can we help make employee engagement a natural part of our organization? If your company has recently completed an engagement survey, this is likely to be a question you hear more than once. There are a number of ways that organizations can help make this happen. The ones that I encounter most often are [...]

Increasing Stakeholder Commitment to Strategic Planning

2018-09-22T04:34:12+00:00February 5th, 2015|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Have we clearly identified our organization’s competitive advantage? Are we creating a blue ocean as the strategic market space for our company? How does this relate to our human capital? How helpful is a balanced scorecard? Some colleagues may ask these types of questions as you do strategic planning at your organization (especially if these [...]

The Foundation for Executive Team Momentum

2014-07-01T09:00:06+00:00July 1st, 2014|Categories: Insights|Tags: |

Who should be on the executive team, and how can we help ensure that the team operates in an effective manner? These are frequent questions that I encounter when working with organizations, and they are important questions given that teams fail about 60% of the time according to the research of Eunice Parisi-Carew. Many organizations [...]