Right Commitment 12.25.11 // Michael Canic

Ruthless Consistency and Intentional Flexibility

If you're a regular reader of this blog you know my core philosophy regarding organizational performance, execution and change: ruthless consistency. Organizations that develop the right focus, get the right people and create the right environment are org ... Read More


Right Commitment 12.19.11 //

What I Learned from Mr. Olympia

Frank watched closely as I did a set of bench press. I thought my lifting was clean and technically correct. But when I finished he just shook his head in disapproval. When Frank Zane, a three-time Mr. Olympia, shows his disapproval, best to take it serio ... Read More


Right Environment 12.12.11 //

Rational Resistance to Change

Why are people resistant to change? Short answer: because it makes sense.Change means uncertainty. Will I like it? Will I not like it? Will I be good at it? Will I not be good at it? Will I be more secure? Will I be less secure? Will I have more status? W ... Read More


Right Team 12.05.11 // Michael Canic

Leadership Effectiveness: A Quick Test

Effective Leadership. Without it, an organization simply can't achieve and sustain success. With it, anything is possible. So what is the essence of effective leadership? Is there a simple answer?Jack Welch - some guy who used to run GE - says there is. E ... Read More


Right Environment 11.28.11 //

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

Want your people to feel better about themselves and their work? Then take them through some gratitude exercises.I see you cringing. Now before you become cynical - no, your workplace will not devolve into a cult of incessant hugging and crying - cons ... Read More


Right Environment 11.21.11 //

The Question

At the front end of any major implementation - new CRM system, lean initiative, an acquisition - ask your people one key question: Why will this fail?They know your organization's history; they know your culture. Make it permissible for them to tell you w ... Read More


Right Environment 11.14.11 //

Are You Empowering or Abandoning?

"I don't like to micromanage," says the executive. "I like to give my people the freedom they need to be successful."We all know that to get the most from our people we need to empower them. Right?Some employees are discovering there's a dark side to so-c ... Read More


Right Commitment 11.07.11 // Michael Canic

The Multiplier Effect – Just One Drop

Ruthless consistency is in the details. Very small things, done right many times, can have a massive effect.They discovered this at a GE plant where the phosphorous coating is applied to fluorescent light bulbs. After the coating is applied the suspended ... Read More


Right Environment 11.01.11 //

Are We Making Progress?

You know that in most cases money isn't what gets your people jacked up. In fact, money is a very limited motivator. It's well established that the intrinsic motivators - clear goals, recognition, making progress, a supportive environment - are much ... Read More


Right Focus 10.24.11 //

Climbing the Right Mountain

When I was young and foolish, my buddy Ken and I decided to test our rock-climbing skills on Mt. Cascade in the Canadian Rockies. Having done almost no research we drove to the mountain, picked out a route that looked promising, and began to climb.   ... Read More

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Michael Canic

Michael has posted a weekly blog on Making Strategy Happen for over 5 years. (Well, he did miss one on New Year’s Eve 2012 that we won’t talk about!)

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