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Right Commitment 10.03.11 // Michael Canic

Talk – Action = 0

Here's a formula for you. It's the motto of D.O.A., a hardcore/punk band: Talk - Action = 0. If you talk about something but don't take action then it means nothing.Like the strategic planning charade. All strategy but no execution equals zero result ... Read More


Right Focus 09.27.11 //

Ruthlessly Consistent and Consistently Irrelevant

It's one thing to be ruthlessly consistent and another to be consistently relevant. Aligning people, processes, structure and infrastructure with the wrong focus can be very effective ... at leading you to failure.Stuffing your products with even mor ... Read More


Right Environment 09.19.11 //

Yes Silly, Fun IS a Business Strategy

Fortune Magazine, among others, publishes an annual list of the best companies to work for. A characteristic common to many of these companies? Fun. They're fun places to work, they have fun activities. (Like sumo-wrestling contests where everyone from th ... Read More


Right Team 09.12.11 // Michael Canic

What I Look For In a CEO

I've consulted with hundreds of CEOs and executives. And I've learned to be selective on the front end to maximize the opportunity for success on the back end. So what do I look for in a CEO? The 3 C's.CommittedIf there's no will there's no way. If you're ... Read More


Right Commitment 09.06.11 // Michael Canic

Consistency 101

They might listen to what you say but they hear what you do. Make no mistake, you are constantly on stage. Your people are watching and judging everything you do. Everything you don't do. Everything. So how consistent are you?If you expect your peopl ... Read More


Right FocusRight Commitment 08.29.11 // Michael Canic

Two Sides of Implementation

Your organizational change effort has failed. Why? Did it have more to do with the technical side or the people side of the implementation? The people side, right? Yet, what did you spend most of your time planning for? Of course, the technical side. I've ... Read More


Right Environment 08.22.11 //

The Paradox of Leadership

If you want to be an effective leader then you have to act like one. Yet that's not as straightforward as it might seem. Here are a few counter-intuitive examples:1) Admitting Mistakes Enhances Your CredibilityIf you try to justify or defend your mistakes ... Read More


Right Team 08.15.11 // Michael Canic

Beware The Big-Company Manager

You're a growing small-to-mid sized business. You need to upgrade your management team. So you take the plunge and bring in a seasoned manager from a respected large company. Smart move, right?Could be a big mistake. Here's why:1) Ivory Tower ManagementOf ... Read More


Right Focus 08.08.11 //

Complacency Kills

I find it amazing how many businesses use their past successes as justification to not change. As if past success reliably predicts future success.  As if competitive landscapes are static. As if the economic environment is stable.Everyone ... Read More


Right Focus 08.01.11 //

Competitive Intel

It doesn't matter how good your products and services are.It doesn't matter how good your customers think your products and services are.What ultimately matters is how good your customers think your products and services are versus how good they ... 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!)