organizational development

Paul Laudicina on Continuous Organizational Transformation

Rebuilding Your Business Model Successfully

June 15, 2012 / Podcast # 12-12

Paul Laudicina

Paul A. Laudicina, chairman of A.T. Kearney, joins us on Edgewise to discuss the transformation of the company, from subsidiary of a global service firm to a management owned company, and many of the lessons he learned along the way. Paul shares the steps he took to rebuild the company’s business model and reconstitute the organization. He explains the importance of aligning a common set of values and principles unique to your DNA, having a robust strategic planning process which considers all variables, and an organizational culture that is clearly identifiable from the outside looking in. He stresses that it is a continuous process of change and to be prepared to shift direction as required by the business environment and its conditions.

Paul A. Laudicina is Managing Partner and Chairman of the Board of global management consulting firm A.T. Kearney, a position he has held since 2006. He is also the founder and chairman of the firm’s Global Business Policy Council, a forum of CEOs and thought leaders focused on assessing global strategic opportunities and risk management. He was named to Consulting Magazine’s annual ranking of the Top 25 Most Influential Consultants in 2005 and, again, in 2007. He is the author of a number of articles and books on global strategic issues, including World Out of Balance: Navigating Global Risks to Seize Competitive Advantage (McGraw-Hill, 2005). His upcoming book, Beating the Global Odds: High-Stakes Decision Making for Success will be released in September 2012.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Strategic Planning
*AMA’s Advanced Financial Modeling and Forecasting Workshop
*Successful Product Management

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Facilitating Project Performance Improvement, by Jerry Julian
*Investing in a Sustainable World, by Matthew J. Kiernan
*Transforming Performance Measurement, by Dean R. Spitzer, Ph.D.

 

Anders Dahlvig on IKEA’s Global Social Ambition

Continual Growth of an Industry Giant

March 23, 2012 / Podcast # 12-06

Anders Dahlvig

In this edition of Edgewise Anders Dahlvig chronicles his rise from store manager to president CEO of IKEA. Anders discusses his book, The IKEA Edge: Building Global Work, the affect globalization has had a on the retail business and how important it is for companies to adapt this new market culture. Anders also reveals his thoughts on corporate culture versus national culture and the difficulties in keeping out bureaucracy, complacency in a steadily growing corporation. Listen as Anders shares the unique vision he relied on to lead IKEA through its best and worst times.
Anders Dahlvig is the Former Group President and CEO of IKEA, a leading international retailer of home furnishing products. Anders is also a member of European Retail Round Table. He is a director of Oriflame Cosmetics AB, H&M Hennes & Mauritz AB and Axel Johnson AB; Kingfisher Plc and is Chairman of The New Wave Group and a member of the Advisory Board of Lund University Business School. He received received the Swedish award for Good Environmental Leadership in 2002 for his independent and persistent work with environmental sustainability issues. In 2006, he also received the U.S. Foreign Policy Association’s Global Social Responsibility award.
For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*Strategic Agility and Resilience: Embracing Change to Drive Growth
*Management Skills for New Supervisors
*Corporate Cash Management

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*Now, Build a Great Business!, by Mark Thompson, Brian Tracy
*Investing in a Sustainable World, by Matthew J. Kiernan
*Secrets of the Marketing Masters, by Dick Martin

 

Scott Keller on Sustaining Organizational Health

Evaluating Long Term Success

February 24, 2012 / Podcast # 12-04

Scott Keller

Scott Keller coauthor of Beyond Performance, discusses the extensive research he conducted in the field of organizational effectiveness. With performance and health managed with equal emphasis being the main takeaway, Scott elaborates on what he means by organizational health and how that directly links to an organization’s performance. Listen as Scott explains how to assess and revive your campanies health.
Scott Keller is a director in the Southern California office of McKinsey & Company, and leads its transformational change practice in the Americas. He has published several articles on change management and organizational behavior, as well as a book for colleagues and clients. He holds an MBA and a BS in mechanical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and has worked as a manufacturing manager with Procter & Gamble and a photovoltaic engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy. Outside McKinsey, Scott is a cofounder of Digital Divide Data, an award-winning social enterprise that utilizes a sustainable IT service model to benefit some of the world’s most disadvantaged people.

For additional training on this topic, consider these AMA seminars:
*The Project Performance Management Workshop: Time, Cost and Budget
*Strategy Execution: Getting It Done
*Create a Respectful Workplace: Improve Morale, Increase Productivity and Achieve Business Goals

To learn more, read these AMACOM Books:
*2600 Phrases for Setting Effective Performance Goals, by Paul Falcone
*Transforming Performance Measurement, by Dean R. Spitzer, Ph.D.
*The Program Management Office Advantage, by Lia Tjahjana, Paul Dwyer, PMP

 

George Anders on Finding Exceptional Talent

Adopting New Tactics for Efficient Recruiting

January 27, 2012 / Podcast # 12-02

George Anders

What changes should your organization consider in order to get the most out of the recruitment process? New York Times bestselling author, George Anders, discusses this in his new book entitled, The Rare Find: Spotting Exceptional Talent Before Everyone Else. George emphasizes the importance of new technologies and social networking and how they play a critical role in finding all stars for your organization. In addition, George explains why testing and assessments are key elements of the recruiting process to build a strong team and corporate culture. Listen and learn as George shares how highly successful organizations such as GE, Facebook, and the U.S. Army identifying, recruit, and cultivate top performers.
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Tony Miller on Systemically Strengthening Our Schools

Employing business development practices to target deficiencies in America’s Education System

June 24, 2011 / Podcast # 11-25

Tony Miller

In devising a strategy to bolster the nation’s eroded educational framework, Anthony Miller, Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of Education, pulls from his business background as well as international research on the processes and metrics employed by other countries to raise the academic bar. At the core of Tony’s blueprint, is the alignment of student achievement goals and initiatives with budgets and operating plans, and making critical investments in training teachers, particularly in the use of technology and collaboration tools to facilitate communication and maximize targeted learning. Tony also discusses partnerships between major corporations and higher education systems, and the importance of deploying such initiatives to equip students with the competencies most essential to competing and exceling in the 21st century global workplace.
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Josh Bersin on the Upswing in E-Learning

Alternative approaches to essential training investments

June 3, 2011 / Podcast # 11-22

Josh Bersin

According to Josh Bersin, learning technology expert, the decrease in spending on learning and development in the corporate sector due to the economic downturn is starting to creep its way back up, and technology is at the forefront. In this episode of Edgwise, Josh discusses how companies including Cisco, GE, and Apple approach the training and development of their talent. Josh defines trends of high impact learning cultures, informal training initiatives, Blended Learning, and how they can be a cost-effective conduit to optimizing employee execution. Josh also shares the single most important component of effective corporate training programs and how executives should be supporting and facilitating the learning taking place in their organizations. Read more…

 

Jon Katzenbach & Zia Khan on the Right Balance of Formal and Informal Organizations

How to make the formal and informal networks within an organization work together harmoniously.

August 20, 2010 / Podcast # 10-34

Jon Katzenbach & Zia Khan

Jon Katzenback and Zia Khan don’t want you to have fun at work. More specifically, they don’t want you to try to have fun; often that leads to trying too hard, strained attempts at socializing, and not a lot of work getting done. The work day flies by even faster when ideas are flying in meetings, instead of icebreakers. Jon and Zia say, leave the socializing and fun to the informal networks in an organization, and they will come to it naturally. Read more…

 

Vineet Nayar on Achieving Success by Putting Employees First, Customers Second

How to listen to the employees and gain their trust, to make a better company.

July 9, 2010 / Podcast # 10-28

Vineet Nayar

Nelson Mandella, Mahatma Ghandi, Martin Luther King Jr. They all had something in common: the ability to inspire people and make them want to change. Vineet Nayar looks to them as an example of how to effectively manage a company, by inspiring and listening to the employees and making them the priority. That way managing people becomes less about directing them in what to do and more about motivating them to make their own decisions. Read more…

 

Jon Bidwell on Driving Innovation from Within

How a conservative culture gave way to radical innovation from within.

January 8, 2010 / Podcast # 10-02

Jon Bidwell

When Jon Bidwell became the Chubb Group of Insurance Cos.’s first ever new chief innovation officer, his mission was to increase the speed, pace and profitability of Chubb’s products and services, involving a global network of 10,000 employees. Bidwell realized that the best way to generate innovation as quickly as possible was to tap into the company’s 10,000 employees, those who knew from first-hand experience what could make the organization work better. The conservative culture at Chubb gave way to a radical program that tapped into the company’s internal resources, generating thousands of ideas for organizational improvement. Read more…

 

John Hoover and Paul Gorrell on Connecting Coaching to the Organization

If an individual employee is improving through coaching, shouldn’t the organization see some results, too?

November 6, 2009 / Podcast # 09-45

John Hoover and Paul Gorrell

Coaching has traditionally focused entirely on the individual…sometimes even at the expense of improving measurable business results for the company. The Coaching Connection (AMACOM) by John Hoover and Paul J. Gorrell shows managers how they can use contextual coaching to simultaneously promote both individual and organizational growth. The book helps readers align what individual contributors do best with what organizations need most, ensuring everyone involved their highest probability for success.

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