Let the Fires Burn!

By Rob Wolff, Senior Consultant I’ve been very fortunate to work with a number of CEOs and business owners who stand out from their peers.  While most folks in the corner office are busy fighting fires, the ones with whom I work realize that in order to make their organizations world class, it’s sometimes better to let the fires burn in favor of developing a long term, sustainable competitive advantage. I get that the top job is demanding.  Team members and customers are lobbying for your time.  Board members are looking for numbers and your time.  All three constituencies are …

Should you shred your company values?

By David Friedman, Founder/CEO Regular readers of this blog know that we make a pretty big deal about the distinction between “values” and “behaviors” and that we help companies to define their cultures in terms of the behaviors they want to see.  And while the approach makes total sense to most leaders once it’s explained, they often wonder what to do about all the previous statements they’ve made about their core values.  “After all, we just spent the last 10 years talking about our core values and we don’t want to tell our people “Never mind!”  I’ll use this blogpost …