It’s an interesting fact that most endeavors involving more than one person require a strategy, whether we’re talking about a business, a project, a battle, or even a three-legged race. The ability to work together toward a common goal is usually the deciding factor in who succeeds. This is not news, so why is success still often elusive? It is not usually because we’ve decided on the wrong strategy. More often than not the goal we want to reach is fairly obvious; a profit or sales target, happier customers, increased productivity or efficiency. The problem is usually in the execution.
Strategy execution is a complex process that requires thoroughness, solid planning, and determination. The problem with most business strategies is that they’re incomplete. At the core of the strategy may be a great idea, but unless that great idea is accompanied with realistic planning and execution, it won’t be worth anything. In order to prevent against situations like this, businesses have to keep revising their strategy. Not the type of revising in which employees just skip over the work they’ve already done, but rather revising with a sincere, critical attitude. Revising a business strategy may throw up some red flags,
As the CEO of a cutting-edge marketing firm, Joshua took pride in having the latest technological advances at his fingertips. He had the newest phone and the most powerful tablet, and all of his devices were seamlessly networked together. Joshua also had a state-of-the-art dashboard that delivered a staggering variety of data to his desktop. The thing was so complex that it looked like it had been ripped out of the cockpit of a Boeing 747 jet airliner. But in this digital paradise there was big trouble. In reality, Joshua was woefully uninformed. Given his access to huge amounts of
During the engagement between the American Bonhomme Richard and HMS Serapis during the Revolutionary War, legend has it that the British Captain ordered John Paul Jones to surrender. Jones’ famous reply: “I have not yet begun to fight!” An American crewman with sabre wounds and powder burns, right arm in a sling standing next to a shipmate half dead from cannonball shrapnel, remarks: “You know, there’s always that ten percent who don’t get the word.” The foregoing is just a humorous old Navy tale, but it is a wry illustration of how the winning vision of those at the head
When you were in school you probably read Moby-Dick by Herman Melville. In this classic novel, the reader is taken on a perilous sea voyage aboard the sailing ship Pequod. The mission of the voyage is to hunt whales (this was back in 1851, when whale hunting was okay). But unbeknownst to the crew, the man in charge, Captain Ahab, has another goal. He wants to hunt a specific quarry¾Moby-Dick, the monstrous white whale. He’s willing to do anything to get Moby-Dick, including placing his crew in jeopardy. It’s difficult for him to get his crew to rally behind this
Many business owners and managers today are moving towards technology to help provide a dependable solution to difficult challenges. This movement is based upon proven evidence that technologies help businesses perform better and more consistently. With so many different tools available, finding one that is simple yet powerful is important to solving known situations and unexpected events. A business dashboard is one tool that is clean and efficient for helping businesses maintain smooth growth and planning. Business Dashboard Business dashboards are a novel approach for standard business practices. These tools provide owners and managers a central device with which sales records, employee