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Keys for Driving Your Innovation Potential

October 10th, 2014

I can say with confidence based on more than 30 years of research involving both desktop analytics and face to face interviews with practitioners that THE difference between the industry leading firms and the rest of the pack is NOT superior operational efficiency (although that is at a high level) it is a superior business model. Read more…

Soft is Hard and Hard is Soft

August 20th, 2014

Peters and Waterman published In Search of Excellence in 1982. It had a profound impact on the direction of my life but that’s not important. What is important is the 7-S model that they revealed in that publication remains today, one of the mainstay’s of the McKinsey consulting methodology. Read more…

If You Want to Break From The Pack, Innovation is the Key

July 19th, 2014

As I prepare material for our up-coming Practice Innovation Workshops I’ve been doing a lot of research into the process of creative idea generation (specifically how to teach it and how to implement it) because at the end of the day that’s what ultimately gives business enterprises (and that includes accounting firms and their clients) a competitive edge. Read more…

Why Strategy Matters

May 16th, 2012

I’m told the word “compete” has its roots in the Latin phrase con petire which means “to seek together.”  That sounds at odds with the contemporary use of the word competition but perhaps that’s what it really is all about — seeking to actualize your potential by testing yourself against the best opposition. It’s not about winning, it’s about realizing your potential and if you’re not winning you know you have a way to go but in the process you are always winning because you’re moving towards the realization of your potential. Read more…

What Matters Most in a Leader

May 3rd, 2012

I was on a website the other day that focused on leadership and what team members considered to be the most important things that influenced their confidence in their leaders.  The question was asked: what matters most to you in a leader? Read more…

Strategy in times of rapid change

April 12th, 2012

A typical definition of the word strategy is a plan of action designed to achieve a vision, the two key words being “plan” and “vision”.  I’ve been talking about strategy a lot lately because I believe the lack of a coherent strategy is the barrier that prevents firms from achieving their full potential.  They either lack a vision, they lack a plan of action or they lack both.  In other words they lack a strategy. Read more…