I’ve taken an interest in the topic of strategic thinking from both a research and a practitioner perspective. I’m currently working on a training program for mid-level leaders to help them develop their strategic thinking capabilities as they move from functional management roles into general management roles. One tool that I’ve included in the workshop design is Scenario Planning. Scenarios, in the context of strategy formation, are vivid descriptions or narratives of conditions projected to exist in the future. Scenario...
The month of April is a very important one for me and this year marks the 10th anniversary of my birthing. A very important, if not, perhaps my most important life moment that happened to take place on Earth Day. Upon deeper reflection on being bestowed with the gift of motherhood and my role as a mother, I feel both challenged and inspired. One might wonder why. I feel challenged with the responsibility of not only being the best mother that I can and should be to my awesome, beautiful and loving daughter but also in seeking ways to...
The decision made by the CEO of Yahoo to order all employees working virtually back into the office was an unfortunate indication of how little we have learned about working in a virtual world. Sad, given that people have been doing this for over a half century. I was fortunate to work for a company in the 1970s that was progressive on flexible work hours. It was my first real job and management experience. When the company decided to implement flexible hours, people could arrive at work between 7-10 am and work 8 hours. Most didn’t need...
In a letter to Jean-Baptiste Leroy in 1789, Benjamin Franklin stated: “our new Constitution is now established, and has an appearance that promises permanency; but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” I would add to this quote the fact that change is also certain. In a way, both death and taxes are two states on a long chain of changes that we personally experience. Change is built into the fabric of the universe. With the recent update from NASA from the Planck satellite study, the Big Bang...
Marisa Meyer--new CEO of Yahoo and a new mother--took a strong stand on a debate about the nature of a progressive, employee-valuing and innovative workplace. Emulating her former employer Google she decreed that Yahoo employees were now required to be present in person and working together. She feels that a creative and high performing workplace is needed to renew Yahoo. In order to harness the collaborative creativity she feels that employees must be physically together, to have the sort of informal time to exchange, learn from each other...
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