Because there is no way in the world that I can know as much about your business as you do, many of my suggestions and ideas I present will be somewhat generic, which means it is up to YOU to take the ideas I present and figure out how to make them work in your company, in your specific market, with your customers, with your employees. If you will continually ask the three questions above every time I put up a slide, there is a good chance that you will uncover something that will help your business significantly.
Understanding the Pattern of Business Success
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What does this mean to me?
How can I use this idea?
What can I do right away?
Do you have a clearly focused and
well-communicated vision and strategy for growth?
Effective Strategy =
Valued Differentiation x Execution
The Four – I’s
How to avoid the Four I’s 1-10
• Aggressive external market focus.
• Aggressive customer focus.
• Keep the “Main Things” the main things.
• Bullish on knowledge sharing and learning.
• Teamwork is mandatory – not optional.
• Passion and commitment at all levels.
• Foster a healthy paranoia.
• Revel in change.
• The willingness… even
enthusiasm… to change
with the wisdom to
understand what must
NEVER be changed.
The Key To Success in the New Normal…
Emotional Response to Perceived Negative Change
Managing Positive Responses to Change
Four antidotes to
1. Bring people face-to-face with the external pressures to change.
2.Engage change “zealots.”
3.Manage feelings & emotions.
4.Support the change with new tools, systems and training.
The Evergreen Project
10 year study of 160 top companies
40 distinct industries
200 management practices
Winners, climbers, tumblers, losers
Winners had an average Total Return to Shareholders of 945%...
The Losers only averaged a TRS of 62%
From: What (really) Works by Joyce, Nohria, Roberson
The Four Primary Practices:
1. A sharply focused, clearly communicated and
well-understood strategy for growth.
2. Flawless operational execution that
consistently delivers the value proposition.
3. A performance-oriented culture that does not
4. A fast, flexible, flat organization that reduces
bureaucracy and simplifies work.
• Talent = find and keep the best people.
• Key leaders show commitment and
enthusiasm for the business.
• Embrace strategic innovation.
• Master the power of partnerships.
Score yourself on the 1–10 scale for all eight practices on page 9
What Inhibits Execution?
National Survey of 4,000 Senior Executives
4. Inability to work together (21%)
3. Company culture (23%)
2. Economic climate (29%)
1. Holding onto the past /
unwillingness to CHANGE (35%)
In other words…
• In order to succeed you
need a high-performance
team that embraces a
strong culture of
disciplined execution and
accountability while being
nimble, agile and adaptable
to changes in the
1 - 10
Reward / Punish
• Go back and look at all of your audits.
• Where were your low scores, where were your high
scores – what is the pattern?
• Look over your notes – what were the key themes?
What are the most important ideas?
• Answers all the questions on pages 12 - 14
• Put in as much detail as possible.
• Be very honest with yourself.
• Think in terms of Actions and Outcomes.
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