Right Focus 10.24.11 //

Climbing the Right Mountain

When I was young and foolish, my buddy Ken and I decided to test our rock-climbing skills on Mt. Cascade in the Canadian Rockies. Having done almost no research we drove to the mountain, picked out a route that looked promising, and began to climb.   ... Read More

Right Commitment 10.17.11 //

Leading for Speed

Do you have what it takes to successfully create a fast-growing organization?Take out a pen and draw three horizontal scales from 1 to 7. Resisting the temptation to go easy on yourself, rate yourself on the following questions (1=low, 7=high):1) How well ... Read More

Right Team 10.10.11 // Michael Canic

The Purpose of Purpose

When addressing a class of Stanford grads in 2005, the late Steve Jobs said, "The only way to do great work is to love what you do."When researcher Jerry Porras and his colleagues interviewed 200 people around the world who "made a difference" in their fi ... Read More

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

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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!)