12 tips for leading in a downturn, COVID reloaded – Part 3/3

This post is the third and last of a 3-part mini series. If you missed the first part with the 4 first tips, you may want to read 12 tips for leading in a downturn, COVID reloaded - Part 1/3, or catch up with the second part 12 tips for leading in a downturn, COVID … Continue reading 12 tips for leading in a downturn, COVID reloaded – Part 3/3

12 tips for leading in a downturn, COVID reloaded – Part 1/3

Five years ago, August 2015, I published my post “12 tips for leading in a downturn”. It was a collection of tips after having seen various management reactions to a slowdown, downturn, crisis, recession, that appeared in series from 2000 onwards. July 2020, France is officially out of its general lockdown and faces the aftermath … Continue reading 12 tips for leading in a downturn, COVID reloaded – Part 1/3

Don’t ditch your strategic plan too quickly!

Amidst the turmoil of 2020 COVID-19 pandemic, business owners, CEOs or senior management teams may think of their stratégic plan as obsolete now, disrupted by a biological virus (when they feared a software one!). But before ditching the strategic plan, there are some points to consider. Your strategic plan is likely to survive the COVID-19 … Continue reading Don’t ditch your strategic plan too quickly!

Leaders, here are 5 good reasons to build a Goal Tree for your Strategy Deployment

Subscribers to my blog or regular visitors may have noticed my deep interest in this powerful logic tool called Goal Tree. I have already posted numerous articles about it and have a special section here to share my experience: the Goal Tree Chronicles. With this post I’d like to offer a more direct insight, straighter … Continue reading Leaders, here are 5 good reasons to build a Goal Tree for your Strategy Deployment

About Clarity, Focus, Discipline, and Engagement

This post is inspired by Karen Martin’s (author of Shingo Research Award-winning book, The Outstanding Organization)  interview by Ron Pereira (Gemba Academy). In this interview (https://www.ksmartin.com/videos/the-outstanding-organization-interview/) Karen explains the importance of Clarity, Focus, Discipline, and Engagement. These are the four fundamental behaviors or common patterns in successful organizations, that are strong foundations upon which to … Continue reading About Clarity, Focus, Discipline, and Engagement

You are entering unclear territory

This post is inspired by some pictures* in Mike Rother’s book “Toyota Kata”, very relevant in our actual changing times and complex situations. I really like the figures that remind that the journey towards a goal requires entering unclear territory at some point. Experience from the military tells that no plan, regardless how carefully it … Continue reading You are entering unclear territory

Value Stream Mapping is a tool for pivoting

“Pivot” has become a buzzword in business, referring to a shift in strategy or a significant change made in product, service or business model as a result of experiment. When a solution or an assumption does not lead to or deliver the expected outcome, a significant change may be required to adjust to the reality … Continue reading Value Stream Mapping is a tool for pivoting

Start less, finish more

Four words of wisdom spoken by a manager in a department notorious for its long lists of actions (note I didn't write action plan) and promises but a lousy transformation rate. Looking closer on their usual way to solve problems or work on improvement revealed a common flaw in many organizations: the open loop. The … Continue reading Start less, finish more

You don’t give me answers, you ask me questions

He’s a former colleagues of mine I worked with during 10 years. Let’s call him Jack. He’s about 10 years younger, cocky, went from graduation directly to consulting and as he stated himself one day, “can’t stand being unable to answer a client’s question right away”. The opposite of me in many aspects and that’s … Continue reading You don’t give me answers, you ask me questions

Tales from the Pyramid – the hole in the pyramid

No senior manager ever denied his/her organization does not suffer a hole in the pyramid. I coined this expression (originally in French) after seeing it in all companies I visited as a consultant. Pyramid with a hole The hole in the pyramid is a management vacuum left by middle managers who do not (fully) take … Continue reading Tales from the Pyramid – the hole in the pyramid