IS YOUR STRATEGIC PLAN A GEM OR A DOG?

With 2018 around the corner, it’s planning season for many organizations. Some will update existing strategic plans; others will start from scratch.

What does a good plan look like? I’ve seen both dogs and gems. I’ve collected several as part of working with organizations to help write their plans. Interestingly, some of the dogs worked really well. And some of the gems failed miserably.

Here’s a gem that failed. I worked with a company, a custom sheet metal fabricator, whose leader put off planning for several years in … Read more

TO KNOW MILLENNIALS IS TO KNOW WHAT THEY WANT.

TO KNOW WHAT THEY WANT IS TO KNOW HOW TO DEVELOP AND KEEP THEM.

By Logan Monaco, MS

Conbrio Associate

How time flies! The older you get, the faster it flies. Here’s a milestone that whizzed by virtually unnoticed – especially by some more senior leaders. In 2015, a year ago, Millennials, people born between about 1980 and 1996, outnumbered Baby Boomers, who were born from roughly 1945 to 1960. According to the Pew Research Center, Millennials are 75.4 million, while the number of Boomers rings in at … Read more

HUMANS AS INTERCHANGEABLE PARTS: A LOOK INTO THE FUTURE

By Logan Monaco, MS Conbrio Associate

Humans are adept inventors. Our ability to make and repurpose the different elements of our environment to suit our needs has brought us a long way – from sparking two rocks together for fire to manned space flight. Creativity and innovation, it can be argued, have made our lives better.

Interchangeable parts is one such innovation. Think autos, modular furniture or any other object with multiple components. In many cases, if one piece breaks, a mechanic or do-it-yourselfer can replace the piece … Read more

IS TOP DOWN FALLING DOWN? YES!

By Logan Monaco, MS Conbrio Associate

Is top-down falling down? It is, the evidence shows. Slowly, but pervasively.

Hierarchy is still the norm in many organizations. Diagram the structure and you have a pyramid. Levels of people are arranged into fixed teams. The responsibility for teams is the manager’s, the person who sits above them. Each of the levels supports the one above it. The head honcho sits atop the pyramid ultimately responsible for all of the people, all the teams.

Most of us have worked in organizations … Read more

Effective Leaders Capture the Unused Ideas

Ever wonder what happened to the unused ideas germinated on the way to finding the solution to your project?  Where did they go?  Did anyone save them?  Because experience shows there could be gold in those ideas.

Keeping those unused ideas is the leader’s job.  While a team is focused on narrowing down the number and scope of ideas in order to bring something specific to life, the leader needs to find ways to capture the discarded pieces left behind, the ideas that seemingly don’t apply.  It’s the … Read more

Getting Past Loggerheads

Ever found yourself in a standoff? You’re at loggerheads.  Neither you nor your colleague will budge.  There seems to be no way forward.

Think of the issue as a straight line and the standoff puts you at one end and your colleague at the other. It seems like the only way forward is compromise, that is, to meet somewhere in between. But there’s an alternative, says Mel Toomey, founder of the Generative Leadership Group. It’s to create a field of possibility.  And that’s where a leader comes in.… Read more