Operating with Vision

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Companies cannot grow past the boundaries of their leaders’ vision. When that vision is based solely on profit, the organization suffers. When it is based on outdated business models or faulty best practices, the organization suffers.

But when the CEO’s vision is aligned with strategic goals and objectives, when it is based on potential and opportunity instead of problems and doubt, and when it is inspiring and motivating to the people who are supposed to translate it into action, then watch out. This is a company that can dominate and a CEO who can lead.

Do You Feel Lucky?

Mike Harden | | Operating with Vision

Have you ever wondered why some people seem so much luckier than others? We all know of the CEO or business owner who always seems to win the big sale, hire the best staff, or make money on deals that others run away from. We talk about how lucky he or she is. We also […]

What’s Your Plan B?

Mike Harden | | Operating with Vision

There is an old expression that says: “You never get hit by the bus you see coming.” It’s the one that you don’t see coming that will nail you. When we do our planning, we tend to look at obvious events, factors, or problems, and develop our strategic and tactical plans for those situations. That’s […]

Are You Encouraging Insanity In Your Company?

Mike Harden | | Making Unpopular Decisions, Operating with Vision, Resolving Conflict, Thinking Strategically

Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. But in business, insanity goes a step further. In business, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results, and then making it a standard operating procedure for everyone to follow. One of the easiest […]

Does Activity Equal Results?

Mike Harden | | Operating with Vision

Performance is the end result of activity, but activity does not necessarily equal results. Have you ever had a sales rep who worked long hours, made hundreds of cold calls, sent out dozens of proposals, and hardly ever closed a deal? I think most of us have had someone like this working for us. They are […]

3 Easy Ways to Stay Focused on the Future

Mike Harden | | Operating with Vision

A recent Harvard Business Review article* asks us to consider the great innovation stories of the past decade, such as Google, Netflix, and Skype, and to ask ourselves why wasn’t Google created by Microsoft? Netflix by Blockbuster? Skype by AT&T? These innovations didn’t come from established giants, but from newer, smaller companies. The explanation is […]