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Companies, like people, have personalities. That’s the idea behind the organizational DNA framework from Strategy&, a member of the PwC network. For more than a decade, we’ve been working with Fortune 500 companies to better understand how these personality types are expressed in their organization’s DNA so that they can improve performance.

As with human genome mapping, knowledge is power: Identifying the precise building blocks that dictate your company’s personality and performance means you can activate the right ones to influence outcomes.[…] Continue Reading »

So you’ve decided to take your business in a new, more exciting and more profitable direction. At least, that’s how you see it.

Unfortunately, the other people who put their heart and soul into the old direction aren’t nearly as convinced. They don’t want to let go of all the work they’ve already put in and they’re skeptical that the same thing won’t happen again.[…] Continue Reading »

This post is an excerpt from “John Kotter’s ACCELERATE: Building Strategic Agility for a Faster-Moving World” (Harvard Business Review Press, 2014), by John Kotter.

It seems like new management tools are proposed every week for finding a competitive advantage or dealing with twenty-first-century demands. How is a dual operating system any different?

The answer is twofold.[…] Continue Reading »

I’ve managed formal succession-planning systems for a number of large companies and consulted with quite a few smaller companies. I network with others that do the same, and keep up with the latest succession-planning current practices, trends, and challenges.

I’m a bona fide succession-planning insider, and I know what goes on behind the scenes.

Here are 10 things your company probably isn’t telling you about succession planning:

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Companies have C-suites and they care about strategy. So it makes sense that many would have a chief strategy officer — someone devoted to such a key part of a company’s survival and success.

But chief strategy officers are not nearly talked about as much as chief operating officers or chief financial officers, much less CEOs. Here’s the Google Search trend for those three titles:

I mentioned this, and my general unfamiliarity with the position, when I talked with Patrick J.[…] Continue Reading »