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Project execution: Is having a plan enough for successful execution?

It is interesting to see how many teams think that having a project plan means successful execution. Getting the group together and strategizing, then putting a plan together is absolutely important for execution, but as important as planning is to have the discipline to execute the plan.

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Want to understand a firm's strategy? Forget the business plan...

Here is an interesting blog from Harvard Business Review about how to assess a firm. "If you want to really understand a firm’s strategy - whether it’s a start up or Fortune 500 firm - you need only two documents:  the compensation plan and the pricing plan."

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e-Learning course on leadership

The course " Thinking like a Leader: the TILL System" is described and linked on our e-learning page, along with other e-resources of interest.

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Mid-year reviews

It is the month of July, which means that you are either already done or just about done with mid-year reviews with your team members. If you haven't scheduled them yet, or your company doesn't have the policy to do mid-year reviews, I highly recommend that you still have these discussions.

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Sometimes the age of an article does not determine its freshness!

I just read again today a classic from C. Merle Crawford, "Strategies for new product development," Business Horizons, Dec. 1972, pp. 49-58.

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Characteristics of successful new product development

This is an interesting presentation about new product development strategy: http://www.slideshare.net/nusantara99/new-product-development-strategy

Much at the beginning is not new, but the points from page 25 are worth reading: what a Booz-Allen and Hamilton study found in common among companies with successful new product innovation practices.

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Do you have productive 1:1s with your team members?

Who is doing most of the talking during the 1:1 meetings with your team members; you or your team members? Whatever your intent for the 1:1 is, you need to master the art of listening. If you spend most of the time talking and not listening, you might miss a great deal of what your team member is trying to tell you.

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