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From Key Success Factors to Key Success Loops

Many of us are familiar with the following drill: Corporate pushes a new program, and each department must come up with its own plans …

Turning Innovative Scenarios into Robust Strategies

There are many definitions of strategy. The one that means most to me is: A shared commitment to act toward a compelling goal. Why …

Operational Strategy Mapping: Learning and Executing at The Boeing Company

Although we usually refer to ourselves as “human beings,” the truth is, if we closely analyzed our behavior, we’d likely describe ourselves as “human …

Why Lean Works: A Three-Loop View of the Firm

A few years ago, Industry Week published a survey showing that although nearly 70 percent of all plants used lean manufacturing as an improvement …

The Tall Order of Taming Change

The world has never been certain – the unknown, unexpected, and unimagined have long been central to the human drama. Still, two themes emerged …

Managing the Global to Local Paradox

TEAM TIP In a group, consider how the “global to local paradox” might play itself out in your organization. How do management’s goals and incentives …

Rising from the Ashes of Digital

Ask three people who worked for Digital Equipment Corporation (Digital or DEC) what went wrong during the rise and fall of one of America’s …

Follow the Yellow Brick Road: The Journey of a Learning Organization

One sunny summer day in July of 1994, the executive team of Gerber Memorial Health Services (GMHS) set off to attend a three-day seminar …

Everyone’s Problem to Solve: Systems Thinking Cross-Functionally

Several years ago, I was approached by a California-based software firm focused on electronic design automation. Their software enabled hardware engineers to efficiently design …

Future Thinking by Middle Managers: A Neglected Necessity

This is a story about what happened to a group of technical managers working in a multinational corporation, the Big Can Corporation (BCC)*, when …