You and your business partners have had a really great run – a successful year or quarter. You are feeling really good about things. There are likely a whole lot of things that you did right to achieve the recent success. However, how are you going to maintain a healthy level of paranoia to keep you in position for continued business growth? Enhancing and maintaining those successful runs starts with sustaining a healthy dose of paranoia and raising your awareness of any behaviors in yourself or in your team that could be signs…

As I wrap up this series of posts on ways in which you can explore innovation opportunities for your business, I wanted to share a story to address a question I’ve gotten frequently regarding my business’ name,  “Why Lumen Strategies?” Believe it or not the two are very related! I have a passion for photography, and dream of someday after lots of practice and dedication to the art that I will be taking artistic works of photographic art that I can share with others.  About the same time as I…

“If at first the idea is not absurd, then there will be no hope for it.” (Albert Einstein).  The New Year is a great time to reflect on the past and consider how you might incorporate innovation of your business model into plans for the upcoming year.  Consider taking bold moves for a different and better future.  If you are on a great trajectory already, I applaud you enthusiastically.  However, I tend to believe there is always room to improve even more. If you and your business are…

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…

To some, just the word “Strategy” conjures up visions of big company leaders, sitting at large mahogany tables, surrounded by binders of spreadsheets, and surrounded by graphs and charts tacked up on the wall.  However, as I’ve noted in other posts in the past, my experience has been that companies, departments, and/or business owners who embrace strategy to be its very essence, nothing more than the allocation of scarce resources to a set of objectives, are most successful. The fact of the matter is that whether or not…

I love art, so I sometimes take liberties with analogies related to art and business, because the visual often serves as an amazing source for igniting my own creativity and even prompting solutions when problem solving.  Many of you may be  familiar with M.C. Escher, and as such, you know that he was fascinated with creating unique studies of perspectives and that he used perspective playfully in many of his drawings and etchings such as the one featured below titled “Relativity.” Escher once was quoted as saying, “Only…

Are you a bit overwhelmed by the barrage of data you feel compelled to sort through and consume?  Dumb question, huh? It is not news that there is an overwhelming amount of noise in our lives –  from your computer screen, from the quarterly business review you just attended, from flashing digital signage in the grocery or on the highway, and increasingly from your hip pocket where that handy smart phone hangs out. The quantity and availability of this data are often inversely related to the ability to…