Culture matters.  Culture really matters when a company is in rapid transformation fueled by growth.  This series addresses common “Growing Pain Gotchas,” and this post specifically speaks to what can happen when culture is compromised.  Remain alert to spotting early warning signs of vultures that are feeding on any decay in your cultural foundation and you can keep your company healthy and viable for future growth and success. I was engaged with an early growth stage company who had done a very good job of identifying their target…

Growth is rarely linear and predictable in the early growth stages of a business venture and the growth itself can begin to morph or change the company in many ways.  This series addresses a range of commonly experienced business growing pains – what they are, how to spot them, and most importantly, strategies to eradicate them early before they damage the companies viability.  I call these the  “Growing Pain Gotchas” (or GPG’s for short). All of us probably remember the guy in high school (or maybe we were…

At Lumen Strategies, the focus with clients is on two foundational elements for achieving clarity to accelerate growth opportunities for businesses – strategy and execution.  This year in particular, however, I have come to appreciate the role that a third element of the stool contributes through a client experience.  The third element is culture.  So if you are one to cut to the chase and you want the punch line up front, then here it is — if you want to successfully tackle a growth opportunity there are…

As a leader and now a business owner, I no doubt appreciate the energy that comes from can do attitudes and willingness to jump in and declare,  “I can do that!”   Now, I know there are a few other show tunes fans out there, who hear those words and immediately begin humming as I do the song from Broadway Musical “A Chorus Line!”  You know the one “I Can Do That!” from A ChorusLine — even if you are a closet Broadway Musical lover afraid to admit…

Classic Challenger

Do you, as a leader of a company, an organization, or a team embrace those passionate sometimes testy “challengers” among your ranks?  Do you create an environment that empowers and supports alternative views for meeting opportunities or resolving challenges? If not, there are potentially a wealth of great ideas that may not be making it to you because they are stifled and gagged by a culture that doesn’t foster, support and reward healthy alternative input to meeting company opportunities and challenges. I am fortunate to have been raised…

This is a topic that intrigues me as so relevant on so many different levels and applied to so many different situations.  Human nature often lends itself to a temporary positive feeling when we feel smarter than the next guy.  However, experience and evidence suggests that sharing and collaboration are often at the heart of major breakthroughs to solve really hard problems, to build a truly lasting successful company, or to take a daring idea and turn it into a sustained reality.  Sharing of knowledge supports the 1+1+1=…

It is truly about people, isn’t it?   Technology is and can be a very powerful enabler for businesses, however, technology alone has never been enough to drive successful businesses. My experience and learning has shown me that diversity is key to developing and evolving a leadership team tasked with getting a technology innovation to market successfully.  When I use the term “diversity” I mean –  diverse experience, perspective, expertise, style, education, tenure, and even diverse outside interests.  I have done some excellent reading recently on this topic…