Org. Design
05.08.18   by Mark Nyman
Collaboration Conundrum, Part 2
As illustrated in Part 1 of this article series, the conundrum with collaborations is the more we push for collaboration, the more we see wasted time and slower decision-making. Over time we have learned principles and lessons that help manage the conundrum and allow collaboration to be  effective. We begin by making a few decisions, guided by simple principles, which help determine the optimal approach to use.
04.16.18   by Michael Phillips
Don’t Think Strategy, Think Strategic Process
A few years ago, Dave Ulrich and I published an article in Leadership Excellence entitled “The Vowels of Strategy.”  This piece has become the basis for many discussions and training sessions about how to involve the entire workforce in the strategic process, a subject I address frequently with clients. Since the publication of this article and following new insights from client engagements, I’ve updated elements of this framework.
04.05.18   by Mark Nyman
Collaboration Conundrum, Part 1
Effective collaboration does in fact drive business results while simultaneously energizing and engaging the organization. We have been fortunate to work with a number of cross functional teams who had a focused goal and left the agenda from their individual functions at the door. We have been part of great improvements in time to market, brilliant change plans, significant reductions in handoffs, notable cost savings, and great product development. But these are the exception, not the norm.
03.09.18   by Joe Hanson
Jumpstart Your Business Transformation: The Seven Pillars of Turnaround and Transformation
Over the past twenty years, I have seen many leadership teams successfully guide their businesses through major change. There is a common denominator in our business turnaround efforts: ‘Seven Pillars of Successful Turnaround and Transformation.’
03.08.18   by Mark Nyman
Applying Best Practices: Proceed With Caution
Occasionally while driving one will see a road sign that reads, “Proceed With Caution.” This warning sign alerts us to be particularly aware of our surroundings and reinforces the need to pay attention to details. It is different from a stop or detour sign. We are supposed to continue moving forward, but to do so with thoughtfulness and focus. 
08.10.17   by Mark Nyman
5 Principles for Creating Organizational Alignment
We all intuitively understand the value of alignment and how much better the organization would function if silos didn’t exist and if everyone were working together, with the same goals and the same end in mind.  Organizations that are well aligned have clarity about what matters most.
07.13.17   by Mark Nyman
5 Organization Misalignments That Are Hurting Your Business
In good and bad economies, functions such as HR, Finance, and IT are in a continual cycle of growing then shrinking and centralizing only to decentralize. They are reengineering, downsizing, outsourcing, or creating shared service organizations. One day they are asked to increase responsiveness, the next they’re asked to cut cost and improve efficiency.