Tried and died. One and done. Learning from failures.

One of the frustrations I experience is when managers or analysts share with me that their organizations tried to implement progressive management methods, and they either failed or abandoned them. A prominent example is an unsuccessful attempt to implement activity-based costing to measure and manage costs and profit levels of […]

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Watch my hips, not my lips

Many organizations over plan and under execute. The managerial styles I admire are ones with a bias towards action. Not wild actions to run the train off the tracks, but actions that move the train forward. The most memorable managers I have worked for were those with a ready-fire-aim approach […]

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Could Beethoven Implement Analytics-based Performance Management?

Could the great classical music composer Ludwig Beethoven successfully implement analytics-based enterprise performance management (EPM) in an organization? We will get to Beethoven in a minute. First, what do I mean by analytics-based enterprise performance management? I mean all of its integrated managerial methodologies. Examples are a strategy map and […]

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My Valentine’s Day True Love Confession

It is Valentine’s Day today. I normally post my blog each Tuesday, but today is an exception. It is April 14. This is a painful blog for me to write because I have a true love confession to make – I have two loves. It involves my relationship with analytics-based […]

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Why Does Shaken Confidence Reinforce One’s Advocacy?

These last few years I have been mystified as to why the adoption rate of proven and valuable managerial methods and techniques are taking so long to be applied in organizations. Examples are business analytics, the balanced scorecard, and activity-based costing. Organizations that use them proclaim improved performance and better […]

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Who to Blame or Give Credit – Management or an Organization’s Culture?

Do you wish your organization were performing better? Of course, the answer is yes. And a “yes” answer will be more emphatic from those of you whose organizations are struggling. We all worry about our livelihood. Similar to the “nature versus nurture” question about whether one’s genes or the environment […]

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A “Dear CEO” Advice Column

Self-help books and newspaper advice columns, such as the famous Ann Landers column, are prevalent for issues involving relationships, money or etiquette. What if there were an advice column for CEOs? Dear CEO: I am a relatively capable mid-level manager in my mid-40s. I have worked for my employer for […]

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Which Managerial Style is Superior? Western (USA) or Eastern (Japan)?

Eastern hemisphere managerial styles are different than Western ones. These styles can be compared to understand how they implement and apply enterprise performance management methodologies embedded with business analytics. I describe this comparison in my article East versus West – Are Management Styles That Different? Click on this hyperlink to […]

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From Silence to Sound – A Perilous Career Journey

Silent films peaked in 1928. The shift to “talkies” – where a soundtrack was added to movies – was quick, and not all the directors and actors who were successful during the silent film era made the transition. Is this now happening to the careers of managers who cannot make […]

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Don’t Cry Shopgirl

I confess. Despite my perception of myself as a tough guy – co-captain of my university football team – my eyes misted at the end of the 1998 Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan movie, You’ve Got Mail. In the film, Hanks’ new big box Barnes and Noble-like book store in […]

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