Right Focus 03.30.20 // Michael Canic

The Importance of Messaging in Turbulent Times

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These are turbulent and, for many, traumatic times. Health fears, economic fears, volatility, uncertainty … in total, it’s like nothing we’ve experienced. This is a time for leadership. And if you’re reading this, then it’s very likely you’ ... Read More

Right Environment 03.16.20 // Michael Canic

Two Common Mistakes Leaders Make When Communicating Change

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You’d think we’d have figured it out by now. Given all of the change initiatives in all of the companies throughout all of the years, you’d think we’d have figured out how to effectively communicate organizational change. ... Read More

Right Focus 03.02.20 // Michael Canic

How to See the Future

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I recently watched a wonderful opera singer perform with the local symphony. Her voice was incredible and her presence captivating. What made it all the more impressive was that while she was there, she wasn’t really there. ... Read More

Right Commitment 02.17.20 // Michael Canic

For Every Early-Career Employee: 11 Keys to Success

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It seems to me that more young people than ever are suffering angst about their careers. They’ve started working, they’re energetic, they’re ambitious … but they’re not sure what it will take to succeed, to get ahead. ... Read More

Right Team 02.03.20 // Michael Canic

The Underlying Spirit of “Teamwork”

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It’s no revelation that teamwork is critical to the success of any organization. But what exactly is teamwork? Is it when people share a common goal? An underlying purpose? Is it when they work together to complete a task? Or contribute, together or ... Read More

Right Environment 01.20.20 // Michael Canic

To Create a Winning Environment, Use Winning Language

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Language counts. The language you use sends subtle messages – intended or not – that speak to your effectiveness as a leader. ... Read More

Right Focus 01.06.20 // Michael Canic

How Good Were You at Predicting the Past?

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One of the things I like about The Economist magazine is that, unlike most publications at this time of year, it doesn’t simply forecast what lies ahead, but evaluates the forecasts made last year. ... Read More

Right Environment 12.23.19 // Michael Canic

The Value of Feeling Valued

Bernadine and I enjoy international travel. We love the feeling associated with adventure, with exploring. It’s the emotional mix of anticipation, exhilaration and apprehension. It’s a feeling of being fully alive. ... Read More

Right Focus 12.09.19 // Michael Canic

Is Your Team Focused? The 3-Minute Test

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An organization can’t be focused and aligned unless the top management team is focused and aligned. It has to start at the top. ... Read More

Right Commitment 11.25.19 // Michael Canic

What Employees Think About Leaders Who Lack Commitment

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Make no mistake about it. The consequences are severe. When you don’t live up to your commitments, the people who judge you—harshly—are your team. ... 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!)