Organizational Excellence

Engage. Simplify. Enable the Mission


Go Sign

"It's not what you know, it's who you know" - this saying still holds true.

Harvard Business Review - June 2002

mass of ideas

When your team is tasked with generating ideas to solve a problem, suggesting a brainstorming session is a natural reaction. But does that approach actually work?

HBR - May 2017

Many hands in the air

This short video explains your role in employee engagement. Leadership author and executive coach Marshall Goldsmith — who is always skeptical of catchphrases like employee engagement — talks about the qualities necessary to galvanize individuals’ commitment at work.

Strategy and Business - July 2015

Fish Philosophy

Watch this short video about the "Fish" philosophy which is about engaging people to make positive changes.  Read about how to apply this in your daily work.

Authentic leaders lightbulb

Informal leaders do not have positions of authority but they manage to get things done and bring others along with them.  How do you find them and engage them?

Strategy + Business - July 2016

People walking

A new survey suggests that for their transformations to succeed, organizations need employee buy-in at all levels, consistent communication, and better people strategies.

McKinsey&Company - February 2017

hands on jail bars

At their worst, meetings are like short prison sentences that have you counting the minutes until your release.  How do you make sure your meetings are great?

Strategy and Business - May 1, 2017


Collaborative working has many benefits but does consume valuable resource, often concentrated in a few "extra miler" colleagues.  Leaders can solve this problem in two ways: by streamlining and redistributing responsibilities for collaboration, and by rewarding effective contributions.

Harvard Business Review - Jan/Feb 2016

Extraverts often think of themselves as a "people person."  But, when the going gets tough, extraverts can dominate their quieter peers, worsening tensions within the group.

Knoweldge and Science Report - December 2016


By 2018, 70% of siloed digital transformation initiatives will fail because of insufficient collaboration, integration, sourcing, or project management. 

Strategy + Business - Feb 8, 2017

Vitae asks academics, administrators, and Ph.D.’s in the nonacademic world to pick the five books that most influenced them.


Silo working will continue unless leaders establish the right targets, there is full scale transformation of processes, and a collaborative, execution-oriented culture is reinforced.

McKinsey Quarterly - March 2016

HR data graph

Predictive talent models can more effectively—and more rapidly—identify, recruit, develop, and retain the right people.  Data analytics can also reveal reveal surprising new opportunities.

McKinsey Quarterly - July 2016

many people

Like emotions can be contagious, so can good (and bad) leadership behaviors - some more so than others.  Leadership behaviors can also have a cascade effect. Not only are direct reports impacted by leadership behaviors, the wider organization is too.

Harvard Business Review - January 2016