Manage Innovation Risk with a Disciplined Approach

Most senior executives recognize the importance of innovation, yet they are disappointed with the results of their innovation programs. Too many firms are risk averse, following a strategy of low-end incremental product extensions rather than investing in real breakthrough innovations. A recent Accenture study of over 500 executives shows that … [Read more...]

Using the Balanced Scorecard to Measure Strategic Objectives

This is the second article in a series on implementing the Balanced Scorecard in your organization. Most organizations are looking for ways to employ meaningful strategies to drive their day-to-day operations. Implementing the Balanced Scorecard is a realistic way to define goals and strategies that will make your organization successful and … [Read more...]

What Can Appreciative Inquiry Do for Your Organization?

Appreciative Inquiry is an organizational change management practice that asks the practitioner to discover what is best about an organization and its members and how to amplify the good, most effective, and most positive attributes of both. As described in A Positive Revolution in Change, by David Copperrider and Diana Whitney, the … [Read more...]

Introduction to the Balanced Scorecard

This is the first article in a series on implementing the Balanced Scorecard in your organization. Though government agencies and private sector organizations only began learning about and depending upon the Balanced Scorecard as recently as the early 1990's, the concept has been around┬ámuch longer. In fact, French process engineers began … [Read more...]

The Process of Innovation

Innovation is often thought of as a random event in which a genius comes up with a great idea while tinkering in his garage. Unfortunately, real innovation takes dedicated work and specific knowledge of relevant subject areas. Making internal innovations in the way business is done also requires the ability to overcome resistance to … [Read more...]

What is Executive Coaching?

By Contributing Writer, Rennie R. Cook, M.Ed., Owner/President, The Triumph Team, LLC I have recently become a huge fan of the NBA. Honestly, I took a sabbatical from the league when my childhood hero, Michael Jordan, retired. But with the arrival of the Thunder to my hometown OKC and league all-star Kevin Durant, my love for the league has … [Read more...]

Improve Government Effectiveness with Cost Estimation and EVM

The Los Alamos National Laboratory security system project cost $213M, lasted more than 7 years and is yet to meet objectives, as reported by the ABQ Journal. Many taxpayers chalked it up as another way the Government is wasting money and failing to achieve goals; the examples are seemingly endless. Could effective … [Read more...]

Public Pension Crisis: Remedies Part I

For many governments, both state and local, public pensions have become a millstone around the proverbial neck. It has become so bad that it constitutes a crisis. While there are and will continue to be debate as to its causes, the consequences are clear: the pension funds facing severe shortfalls will rely on local and state governments to make up … [Read more...]

Public Sector Embraces BYOD Programs

Businesses have embraced Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs as a way to leverage the power of the mobile devices their employees bring to work every day. Public sector organizations are increasingly recognizing the value of implementing BYOD programs. BYOD can effectively incorporate mobile technology into the public sector if organizations … [Read more...]

Organizational Development Falters When Leaders Fail to Give “Permission” to Change

The takeaway from most meetings may be that one hot topic that got everyone talking, but in the end failed to move the needle toward much needed change. Indeed, the progression of organization development can come to a standstill if everyone waits for someone else to say what needs to be said to break open the logjam of ideas that often … [Read more...]