Right Environment 06.11.18 // Michael Canic

How Not to Think About Organizational Culture

How Not to Think About Organizational Culture

I’m a proponent of vibrant organizational cultures. I’ve seen how culture can help drive, or undermine, a company’s success. And I’ve learned how a culture can be transformed to achieve this. ... Read More

Right Environment 06.04.18 // Michael Canic

How to Deliver a Better than Exceptional Experience

You go out for dinner. You might have a very good experience. You might have a great experience. And if you're lucky, you'll have an experience that is even better than exceptional. ... Read More

Right Team 05.28.18 // Michael Canic

Hiring a Former Athlete? Here’s What to Look For

There’s a lot to be said for hiring former athletes. Aside from the technical skills and experience you want in a job candidate, former athletes often possess traits that are associated with success in a business environment. Still, not every former ath ... Read More

Right Commitment 05.21.18 // Michael Canic

4 Ways to Make Better Decisions

4 Ways to Make Better Decisions

As a leader you’re constantly faced with decisions. How you handle them says a lot about you. And can have major implications for your business. So how can you become more effective at making decisions? ... Read More

Right Focus 05.14.18 // Michael Canic

Why Strategic Leaders are Like Scientists (no, really)

When we think of strategic leaders, the image of a scientist – someone in a white lab coat with thick glasses holding a test tube – is not what comes to mind. Yet, surprisingly, strategic leaders are very much like scientists. Here’s how: ... Read More

Right Focus 05.07.18 // Michael Canic

Don’t Fix Culture, Fix What Drives Culture

Early into a new client engagement it’s not unusual for the CEO to say to me, “We need to fix our culture.” I understand the concern. After all, many studies have shown that culture is strongly associated with business performance and results. ... Read More

Right Team 04.30.18 // Michael Canic

Hiring in a Tight Labor Market? Here’s How to Increase Your “Win Rate”

Everywhere I travel I hear the same thing: it’s a struggle to find and secure top talent. As I’ve written many times, you no longer have the luxury of simply recruiting talent, you have to compete for talent. ... Read More

Right Commitment 04.23.18 // Michael Canic

Are You as Optimistic as You Think You Are?

Almost every leader thinks of themself as an optimist. And why not? We’re constantly exposed to stories of successful leaders who are optimists. And who wants to be thought of as negative? But are you as optimistic as you think you are? ... Read More

Right Focus 04.16.18 // Michael Canic

Why You Should Beware of Soundbite Leadership Lessons

Why You Should Beware of Soundbite Leadership Lessons

Reflecting our ever-shortening attention span, publications are increasingly doling out leadership lessons in the form of soundbites. A recent Fast Company article distilled 32 such lessons from 32 business leaders, founders, and artists (artists?) in res ... Read More

Right Environment 04.09.18 // Michael Canic

Why Feedback is Like Gold

Why Feedback is Like Gold

As a leader, you need your team to not only perform but to improve over time. Why? Because today’s performance won’t meet tomorrow’s expectations. Competitors get tougher, customers want more – the bar is continually being raised. ... 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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