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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Improving Organizational Alignment

Lack of alignment is the biggest issue facing effective strategy execution but you can dramatically increase your odds of success with ThinkPoints. Here are the reasons: Strategies are developed collaboratively in a team environment so team members provide input. They have skin in the game. Tactics and follow-up tasks have owners, deliverables and deadlines. There’s […]

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Strategy for the Labor Shortage

With unemployment so low and the challenge of finding the skilled labor you need so high, it’s time to address this issue with a strategy built on keen insight and your team’s industry knowledge. It’s time to contact ThinkWay about ThinkPoints – Focused. Aligned. Accomplished. For more information or to speak to someone to help […]

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The Iceberg of Ignorance Reconstructed

The Iceberg of Ignorance was published way back in 1989 by Sidney Yoshida. It contended that front line workers know 100% of the problems, supervisors 74%, middle managers 9%, and executives a measly 4%. Thus, it was popularized that executives were only aware of the “tip of the iceberg” when it came to problems in […]

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The Iceberg of Ignorance Debunked

The iceberg of ignorance was first published in 1989 by consultant Sydney Yoshida. (I wrote about it here.) It led to the popular notion that front line workers knew 100% of the problems, supervisors were aware of 74%, middle managers were aware of 9% and senior executives were only aware of 4% of the problems. […]

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The Role of Employees in Transformation

“If you want something new, you have to stop doing something old.”  – Peter F. Drucker The leadership of any business cannot possibly know the ins and outs of every task, every job, every process in the organization. Yet, when it comes time to change, reinvent or restructure even part of the organization, leaders often […]

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Lego and The Purpose of Business and Work

“Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.” ― Albert Einstein Around the turn of the century, Lego was in trouble. They had lost their way. Revenue and earnings looked like this: Through a series of events which reconnected them with their core purpose of creating value for their […]

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