Right Team 02.04.19 // Michael Canic

Attracting Talent: It’s Time to Get Dramatic

Male actor in the theater standing on the stage reaching or offering with hand towards the camera. Shallow depth of field.

Everywhere I go I hear CEOs and business owners tell me the same thing. They can’t get the talent. They have open positions they can’t fill. It’s hurting production and it’s hurting service. And it’s not getting any better. ... Read More

Right Environment 01.21.19 // Michael Canic

The Five Best Ways to Retain Employees

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As if finding talented workers isn’t enough of a challenge today, you have to be increasingly diligent to keep them from walking out the back door. Retention is becoming tougher. What can you do? ... Read More

Right Focus 01.07.19 // Michael Canic

Your New Year’s Goals Will Fail … Unless You Do This

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We’re fresh into the New Year. You’re full of ambition and full of energy. And, importantly, you’ve identified your goals. ... Read More

Right Commitment 12.31.18 // Michael Canic

How “Ruthless Consistency” Wins Championships

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When Arthur Blank decided the time was ripe to launch a Major League Soccer (MLS) expansion team in Atlanta he went all in. They launched in 2017. In 2018, Blank’s team – Atlanta United – won the MLS Championship. Since when does a 2nd-year team in ... Read More

Right Team 12.24.18 // Michael Canic

What People Who Take Responsibility Do

We had helicoptered in to the meadows at the base of Mt. Robson – “the Monarch of the Rockies.” Four of us – me, my climbing partner, and our two guides – had five days to climb a mountain that was as notorious for its bad weather as it was for ... Read More

Right Environment 12.17.18 // Michael Canic

Why You Want to Reward For More Than Just Results

A businessman, walking along a sidewalk, happily follows a bunch of carrots that are dangling from a stick. The carrots are his motivation as he works his way through his day.

Carol Dweck is a Stanford Psychologies who studies human motivation and achievement. At the heart of her thinking is the idea that there are two mindsets – a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. Dweck’s view is that the mindset we adopt fundamentally s ... Read More

Right Focus 12.10.18 // Michael Canic

Why Now is the Right Time to Think About Cutting

Businessman carefully trimming the budget with a big fat pair of red scissors against a light gray background

It’s been a great run. The economy has been on an upswing for years. Do we even remember what a recession feels like? We’re due. And many forecasters believe we’re due in 2019. Of course, economic forecasts and economic reality are often two diff ... Read More

Right Commitment 12.03.18 // Michael Canic

What is Your “Improvability Index?”

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“Becoming” is more important than “being.” Being is static; becoming is dynamic. Being works if things never change. Becoming is essential because things continually change. ... Read More

Right Environment 11.27.18 // Michael Canic

3 Truths About How People Process Change

Truths About How People Process Change

A lot has been written about change. Unfortunately, much of it by people who haven’t been immersed in the many nuances of planning and implementing change. ... Read More

Right Team 11.22.18 // Michael Canic

How Not to Have an Underperforming Board

How Not to Have an Underperforming Board

When building a winning team you should be concerned about more than just having the right managers and right employees. You should be concerned about having the right board. ... 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!)