Fire, Ready, Aim!

Better Than; Ready, Aim, Fire Takeaway: We can hesitate to get in the game. Progress happens when we have data to work with. We get data by acting. We learn, adjust and continue to move forward. The problem with “Ready, Aim, Fire!” is we can take too much time with “Ready” and “Aim”. We need the information that comes from …

Driving Excellence: Management Control and Reporting System (MCRS)

Takeaway – Management Control and Reporting Systems (MCRS) reveals how businesses need to take great care in designing information gathering and reporting. Information is to our businesses what oxygen is to our blood. Company health is determined by it.   Imagine the environment of a hospital intensive care unit. The patients in ICU are monitored closely: blood pressure, heart rate, …

Burning Platform Issues: The Leverage They Provide

Takeaway – Burning platform issues arise over the horizon as threats, and yet they provide opportunity. We need to scan for problems and leverage them for company growth continuously.   What is too important to leave to chance? A burning platform issue can be defined as a problem that is so severe that the very existence of the company may …

Scoreboards for Driving Effort

Key takeaway – Sports scoreboards are the benchmark for information sharing that drives behavior. Employers can improve performance by using a scoreboard as well. Tell employees what management is monitoring, and they will tell you what is important to the business. Information drives behavior. It must be timely, accurate and relevant. Performance data should be displayed in a way that commands …