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

Right Environment 09.02.19 // Michael Canic

How to Make Your Meetings Productive

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Bad meetings are as painful as good meetings are productive. How do you make sure that your meetings are the latter, that people are checked-in, not checked-out, and that they’re bringing their A-game? ... Read More

Right Commitment 08.19.19 // Michael Canic

How Committed Are You to “Winning”?

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How committed are you to “winning”? Almost every leader will say things like: “Very!” “I’m all in!” “One hundred percent!” ... Read More

Right Focus 08.05.19 // Michael Canic

Why You Should Anticipate The Future Even If You Can’t Control It

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“Focus on what you can control.” Every leader knows that, right? Why waste time on the things you can’t control when you can use it to deal with the things you can? ... Read More

Right Team 07.22.19 // Michael Canic

Don’t Confuse Their Role With Their Capabilities

My best friend and I played on the same football team in college. He was a defensive back. He was fast and strong yet never fulfilled what many believed was his potential. ... Read More

Right Environment 07.08.19 // Michael Canic

Don’t Follow the Golden Rule … There’s Something Better

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Everyone knows the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” It’s a simple yet powerful reminder to treat others the right way. ... 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!)