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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


Right Team 11.11.19 // Michael Canic

How to Not Hire “Ghosts”

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Halloween is over but the scary stuff might not be. Because even though the skeletons have crawled back into their graves and the zombies returned to their crypts, you could still fall victim to a ghoulish experience. You could still get “ghosted.” ... Read More


Right Environment 10.28.19 // Michael Canic

There’s a Reason it’s Called “Account-ability”

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I was having coffee with David, a university student and football player who asked to meet with me to get my insights about starting a consulting practice. I’m always happy to meet with ambitious, young people who are eager to learn and grow. ... Read More


Right Focus 10.14.19 // Michael Canic

One More Time: Grow, Yes, But Grow What?

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Whenever companies embark on their annual strategic process, the discussion invariably turns to growth. It’s often an unchallenged assumption that each year you should grow revenues, profits, market share—all of it. And why not? ... Read More


Right Commitment 09.30.19 // Michael Canic

The Discipline of Commitment and a Commitment to Discipline

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Ray Zinn, founder and CEO of Micrel, is the longest serving CEO of a publicly traded company in Silicon Valley. He led the microchip company to profitability in 36 of 37 years, ... Read More


Right Team 09.16.19 // Michael Canic

Why You Should Diversify How You Think About Diversity

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You want to build a strong team. You want a diverse team. Great, but what does that mean? If you’re like most people, the first categories that come to mind are gender and race (as fuzzy as those terms might be). ... 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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