How can leadership development efforts result in organizational improvements

How can leadership development efforts result in organizational improvements

The business objective of leadership development is to improve individual and organizational performance. Employees attending Leadership Development programs can apply the new content, skills, and ways of thinking to their current job. They can also assess their personal strengths and weaknesses and improve upon these areas through personal development programs. Based on these positive benefits Leadership Development must be a good practice for organizations to continue, right?

Unfortunately, the answer is not necessarily. Empirically, it has been difficult to establish whether a Leadership Development program leads to improved organizational performance.

So why are traditional Leadership Development Programs not delivering on their promise?

In this article, we will explore the issues around traditional Leadership Development Programs and how to overcome them.

Strategic Thinking Helps Long Beach Goodwill Choose the Best Strategies to Implement

Strategic Thinking Helps Long Beach Goodwill Choose the Best Strategies to Implement

The key to successful implementation of any strategy is a strong Strategic Thinking methodology within the Strategic Planning process. This allows executives to thoroughly evaluate all opportunities prior to implementation.

Last year, we had the privilege of helping Long Beach Goodwill develop their long term strategic plan to expand their business. We used the same strategic principles during the process and by the end of the half day workshop, our strategic process saved the Long Beach Goodwill from spending additional time in the research phase and from implementing possibly low impact & resource heavy ideas.

Succeeding At Large-Scale Change

Succeeding At Large-Scale Change

Large-scale change success rates are average at best and often worse. This is confirmed by decades of research that analyzed numerous large-scale changes at companies. Often times, introduction of new practices or methodologies quickly stall after the initial introduction or halfway into the implementation.

However, there are a few companies that successfully implement large-scale changes rather well it is not the norm. Why do only a few companies succeed when most others have not?

In this article, we will explore why large-scale changes have failed in the past and provide tools on how you can improve the success rate of these changes at your company.

Retail Spaces: Theater Of The Brand

Retail Spaces: Theater Of The Brand

Brands are an experience. And the retail environment, whether online or at a brick & mortar store, is a reflection of this experience. More brands, fashion boutiques, technology line stores such as Apple or Microsoft feature stores, mall specialty line stores, and automotive dealerships are increasingly focused around building an environment around their singular brand partner products. It is one way to maintain control over the quality of the customer experience.

This article explores what makes the most successful of these types of stores work and how they do it.

Omni-Channel Retailing & The Connected Customer

Omni-Channel Retailing & The Connected Customer

Modern retailing has seen significant changes over the last few years. Customers have more options than ever to shop, research, and buy products. It is important that companies recognize this changing landscape and maintain the valuable customer relationships throughout the purchase cycle (pre to post purchase).

This article showcases the idea of Omni Channel Retailing and how brands can more effectively integrate their entire marketing and sales approach.

Food, Fun, and the Future: What I learned from Haig Barrett’s Pre-Thanksgiving Meeting

Food, Fun, and the Future: What I learned from Haig Barrett’s Pre-Thanksgiving Meeting

I’ve been with Haig Barrett a little over a year now. And I’m always amazed at the new things I learn about the company and people in each meeting.

Sure, we are fun, a little quirky, love food and wine, and are masters of our own craft. But there’s more behind our dashing exterior, as I learned the day before Thanksgiving at our 2nd Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Meeting.

Take it up a notch! Upgrade your Strategic Thinking and implementation capabilities

Take it up a notch! Upgrade your Strategic Thinking and implementation capabilities

In this competitive marketplace, many companies are focusing on creating strategies to gain an edge over their competitors. However, companies need to have the right strategic tools in place to create a robust strategy that best serves the company and its customers.

But, using the right strategic tool is still just part of the puzzle. Implementing the strategy is just as important and this is where many companies have faltered. Understanding the approach to effectively implement key strategic decisions internally and externally can determine the course for success or failure.

In this essay, we’ll explore the various strategic tools companies can use and the value of developing a strong internal implementation plan.