Leading in Crisis – Taking The Offensive

Chaos Reigns! The past several weeks have been unprecedented on almost every level. COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc across the globe. Several of the world’s largest economies have temporarily shut down in an effort to abate the rising tide of infections. The preliminary data on the impact to the global economy is staggering. If you … Read more

A Festivus for the Rest of Us: Seinfeld and Annual Performance Reviews

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We’re getting to that time of year where it is apparent that Frank Costanza’s dream of a new and widely-celebrated holiday, Festivus, has been realized. Little did we know that Festivus has insidiously crept into our ritual of the Annual Performance Review. For the uninitiated, Festivus was popularized in 1997 through the show Seinfeld. A quick and entertaining … Read more

4 Ways to Make Your Company’s Meetings More Effective

No job description reads: “35%+ of your time will be spent in meetings, most of which will start late, run long, and fail to accomplish their objectives. 25%+ of time will be spent preparing for those meetings.” But too often, that is our fate. Employees across industries increasingly spend more and more of their time … Read more

2 Issues with Accountability You Didn’t Know Your Company Was Facing

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We expect leaders and employees to be accountable. But in today’s complex environment, companies face two challenges when establishing a culture of accountability. First, employees are held accountable for executing on plans that are no longer relevant. Second, in more complex organizational structures, employees don’t understand how their work connects to company objectives and who … Read more

Rules to Live By — 3 Requirements to Optimize Your Meetings

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“There’s no good way to waste your time. Wasting time is just wasting time.” — Helen Mirren Wasted time in a meeting feels painful. I often hear, “Meetings take me away from my real job.” We are compelled to multi-task during a meeting to at least claw back precious time (and maybe combat a little boredom). To … Read more

Myth-Busting: 3 Common Myths about Alignment and What Your Organization Really Needs to be Aligned

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Most leaders will tell you that they believe alignment is important for their organizations, however there are a few common misconceptions about how to achieve it in today’s dynamic environment. In our experience helping executive teams build and maintain alignment, here are the most common myths we’ve observed: Myth #1: If the executives are aligned, … Read more

CrossLead: Major Doug Zembiec’s Contribution

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CrossLead has grown and evolved over the years and there are probably a few people that have never heard the story about the genesis of CrossLead and its connection to Major Douglas Zembiec (USMC). Doug was a friend and someone that many of us looked to as The Standard of Excellence. The attached article summarizes a fraction of … Read more

Managing Knowledge Work (and Knowledge Workers)

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What’s the first thing that you do when you start work each morning? Do you open your email and scan through the newest deposits into your queue? Or hop onto Slack to check out the latest and greatest from your colleagues? Perhaps you read the newspaper and scan your physical mail from the day prior. … Read more