Speed versus Intellect with John Hale

Intellectual Property (IP) is often a waste of valuable time and resources. The choice to get your IP locked in before developing your product or service makes no sense if reducing your ‘time to market’ is the other alternative, especially in industries with rapid technology changes. Sometimes it's best to clip on your skis, change gears and get going. The best products and services available to humanity are the result of [...]

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Proximity and Polarity with John Hale

You become like those things around you... What is the Law of Proximity? You become like those things around you. Love breeds love. Contempt breeds contempt. Greed breeds greed. Women in close proximity cycle together. etc. In business, like-minded people tend to attract like-minded people and people working in close proximity become more similar than different. That's proximity at work! What is the Law of Polarity? Opposite poles are complementary [...]

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Open Ended Options with John Hale

The most potent quadrant of the SWOT is the Opportunities quadrant.  Yet the word Options is even more potent.  At HCG we help our clients think about Strengths, Weaknesses, OPTIONS and Threats. An over-reliance on traditional production planning in some corporations and businesses make them ‘option blind’.  In time, they become less relevant and less opportunistic. When businesses pay their employees to tinker and incur small financial losses in the [...]

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Timing is Critical with John Hale

We now know the microbes in your gut communicate with your brain via your vagus nerve, adding new weight to the old adage “you are what you eat.” Science has demonstrated the link between the gut and behavior and the gut and mental health and the gut and wellbeing. In your business, timing is often critical. The same is true of your eating. Science has revealed that when we eat [...]

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Leaders Empower Leaders with John Hale

Successful leaders know that leadership is not about their own success or image or about getting loyal subordinates to follow them or others to submit to them. Successful leaders humbly understand the key to a successful organization is having empowered leaders at all levels, whether those employees have supervisors or not. Successful leaders inspire employees to step up, take on greater challenges and lead. They align employee activities with a [...]

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Values Drive Vision with John Hale

Some organizations have too many core values, which tend to confuse everyone and slow progress. e.g. Amazon has 14 core values and a Big Audacious Vision. Amazon’s Core Values: Customer Obsession Ownership Invent and Simplify Are Right, A Lot Hire and Develop the Best Insist on the Highest Standards Think Big Bias for Action Frugality Vocally Self Critical Earn Trust of Others Dive Deep Have Backbone; Disagree and Commit Deliver [...]

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Four Elephants with John Hale

Let’s say you finally have the right strategy to move forward. Can you still fail?  Absolutely! Not Communicating the right strategy to the organization (and customers) and not gaining the consensus needed to deliver on it is the first Elephant in the Room. The second Elephant is Lack of Goal Setting to support the strategy and forgetting to link performance measures and rewards to it. The third Elephant is Inadequate [...]

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Shared Value and CSR with John Hale

The ideas of shared value and corporate social responsibility (CSR) can be used as strategic tools. Shared value thinking allows CSR to become a core competence. CSR can become a strategic capability like any other capability your business decides to develop and can it take time. If your business has not given much thought to CSR, it’s probably a good time to make a start. Start small, learn quickly and [...]

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