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How to Get Unprecedented Alignment

Check out these two alignment scenarios. Scenario 1: Jake was excited when things started. He was leading a major strategic initiative that was launched and backed by the senior executives and importantly, the CEO. He was chosen because of his obvious capabilities, extensive knowledge of the business, and his outstanding performance as a high potential […]

Saving Livelihoods: Using Strategy Sprints to Restart & Revive Business

The Time Is Now Many businesses are facing an existential threat. For some, It’s already too late. Economic advisors are warning the reboot needs to start now because all indications are that waiting too long will plummet the country into an unprecedented depression. The Need Is Urgent Leaders need to rethink many aspects of how […]

Sirens, Scylla, & Charybdis: Why Your Strategy Needs an Experienced Captain & Crew

In Greek mythology, ship captains had to safely pass the Sirens “whose sweet singing” lured sailors to their doom; Scylla, a devouring six-headed monster (the rock) on one side of a narrow passageway; and Charybdis, a swirling, un-navigable whirlpool (the hard place) on the other. Not much different than the challenges of leading a major […]

ThinkWay Services During the COVID-19 Crisis

ThinkWay Services During the Pandemic (Effective Immediately Until Further Notice) (Updated 04/15/2020) A few weeks ago we were all concerned. Now it’s real. The COVID-19 crisis has raised the level of uncertainty in our world to new heights and put most plans for 2020 on indefinite pause. Instead, health, safety and business continuity are at […]

Winning the Talent Acquisition Race with Strategy and Speed

Earlier this month I had the opportunity to sit with business leaders at a First Business breakfast seminar and hear both an overview of the current talent acquisition situation in Wisconsin and an informative panel discussion of key questions. According to many sources, talent acquisition is the number one issue facing businesses in Wisconsin. I […]

Solve the Loneliness Problem to Win the Millennial Talent Race?

Yes. Solve the loneliness problem to win the talent acquisition race with Millennials. A new article by Korn Ferry points out an astonishing 75% of Millennials and Gen Z workers feel lonely and isolated at work. But the flip side of this problem is an opportunity for businesses to adjust their Talent Experience (TEx) to provide an […]

Firefighting, Strategic Focus & The Brain – How to Overcome Distractions

It’s a common problem after developing a strategy. Execution begins with great zeal but in a short period of time, the higher priority strategic efforts begin to take a back seat to less important but more urgent daily matters. Firefighting is a similar problem. “Distractions” keep you from the important things you really want to […]

The Talent Acquisition Race Is Heating Up. Are You Competitive?

It turns out there’s good and bad news in this one statement: unemployment is very low. The good news is that with the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, more Americans are working than ever before. The bad news is that talent to staff and grow a business is very scarce and is a top […]

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Success (or Failure) Without Strategy? There’s No Such Thing. Here’s Why.

(Look for this graphic for articles in our Strategy & The Brain series.)   But They Say The Don’t Have A Strategy… I’ve heard many speakers say it. They’re very successful and when they’re asked about their strategy to achieve it, they pause and say “we didn’t really have a strategy”. But of course then […]

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Small Businesses to Focus on Customer Diversification, Innovation, Brand Perceptions

Each year, First Business in Madison conducts an economic survey of clients and others in four regions: Greater Madison, Southeast Wisconsin, Northeast Wisconsin and the Kansas City Metro area. The majority are small businesses in manufacturing, professional services and retail. In 2020, these small businesses intend to focus on diversifying their customer base, creating an […]

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