Category : A Critical Element

When You Have to Carry Out a Decision You Disagree With

When You Have to Carry Out a Decision You Disagree With

One of the great frustrations of being a middle manager is that senior leaders make decisions that go against what you would have done had it been up to you. Sometimes you are part of the decision process, and other times the decision is simply handed down. Either way, you are now responsible for ensuring […]

Don't Let the 'Urgent' Overtake the 'Important'

Don’t Let the ‘Urgent’ Overtake the ‘Important’

Recently, at our consulting firm, we were scheduled to begin strategy work with a new client. But, the night before our session, he emailed us, asking to postpone the meeting until the next week. He had something come up at the last minute that he felt couldn’t be put off. We were able to accommodate […]

How Cloud Computing Is Changing Management

How Cloud Computing Is Changing Management

Theories and practices of management often spring from the opportunities created by new technologies. Interchangeable parts spurred ideas about structuring assembly lines and logistics. The complex calculations of the field known as Operations Research wereenabled by mainframe computing. Client-server technology begat enterprise resource planning systems, and the consequent system-wide visibility that was required for what we […]