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    February 22, 2015

    Interim Executives Can Create Value

    The Right Interim for the Job

    As businesses work daily to align their products and services to fulfill the needs and expectations of its customers, frequently circumstances surface that initiate corrective or “interim” actions. In most instances, these actions are directed at a specific issue and generally drawn from past experiences. In any event, interim solutions are meant to address, fix and enhance overall customer service thereby creating value for the customer and ultimately the company.   However, when the...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 22, 2015

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    December 10, 2014

    The Power of Company-Wide Goal Alignment

    3 Business Benefits of Setting and Aligning Organizational Goals

    If your company is like many other small and mid-sized businesses, your employees represent both your organization's biggest line item expense and your most valuable asset. This means your company's productivity  and its profitability  depend on making sure all of your workers perform up to their full potential.   This is, in essence, the foundation of our mission at Churchill Leadership Group – to share our strengths-based philosophy for leadership, team performance and increasing...Continue reading

    By Jayne JenkinsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on December 10, 2014

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    August 13, 2014

    Leadership Dashboards: How managing the past can hurt your future.

    3 Areas Leaders Should Be Focusing Their Time On

    What metrics do you use to manage your business? It’s a common question and for many business leaders, generates common answers. Revenue, Unit Costs, Overhead, Operating Profit, Customer Complaints, On-Time Delivery, etc… But when asked, “Are those metrics helping you to grow your business?” the answer is often “No”.  That’s because most leadership dashboards focus on lagging indicators instead of those that lead the business to a future...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on August 13, 2014

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    March 21, 2014

    Leader Engagement – 4 Steps to Ensure Your Commitment to Lead Change

    Crafting a Successful Business Strategy vs. Committing to One

    Whether you are leading a corporation or building your small business, crafting a successful business strategy is bound to be one of your key objectives. But when executives are asked if their strategies will be successful, the results are impressive...in an unimpressive way. According to a 2011 Booz & Company Executive Survey, 53% of executives do not believe their company’s strategy will lead to success, 63% say they have too many conflicting priorities and 54% say their company’s way of...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 21, 2014

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    February 28, 2014

    Leading in Chaos – Six Essentials to Stay Focused & Enable Success

    VUCA: Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity, & Ambiguity – is the new normal.

    Can you imagine anything more disconcerting than driving at 100 mph in a thick fog – with the radio blaring, cell phone ringing, and the kids in the back seat asking, “Are we there yet?”  Yet, isn’t that what it is like operating in business today?  The fog is thick, the pace is rapid, and the distractions are constant.  Where can business leaders find solutions to be able to navigate through this chaos and produce results in this very uncomfortable...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 28, 2014

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    February 14, 2014

    Five Leadership Capabilities of Abraham Lincoln

    How do you and your leadership team measure up in these capabilities?

    As February annually asks us to reflect on our Presidents, it too allows us to reflect on our own leadership and leaders in our organizations. I cannot help but reflect on the leadership capabilities of our 16th President.  As we lament the divisiveness of our current national political dialogue and the uncertainty and ambiguity it creates geopolitically for business, political, military and global leaders, I am reminded that our nation has suffered greater challenges and pulled through them. ...Continue reading

    By Karen KuhlaPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on February 14, 2014

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    August 5, 2013

    Strategic Leadership-How Strategic Are You?

    Three Key Components To Transform Strategy Into Results

    When we talk about being strategic we focus more on thinking and planning, than on leading and achieving.  The reality is that “being strategic” requires both; it’s the full transformation from dream to result.  It’s not that we forget to transform our vision, but often our approach to leading that change is not effective enough to generate our desired results.  Here is a model for strategic transformation-how to make your vision real.     Thinking &...Continue reading

    By Lisa WoodsPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on August 5, 2013

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    June 25, 2013

    Back to Sourcing Fundamentals: Re-Organizing the Purchasing Function

    3 Common Misconceptions for Your Organization to Avoid

    Successful sourcing of goods and services is a continuous improvement process that can provide a competitive advantage for any organization.  It ensures shorter cycle times through the use of master supply agreements, increases the supplier base to reduce supply risk, and improves costs due to market price competition.  Although a consistent sourcing system sounds like it should be fundamental to any business, over the past several years disorganization of the purchasing function has prevented...Continue reading

    By Julie BrignacPosted in Purchasing & Supply Chain on June 25, 2013

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    June 14, 2013

    Defining the Best Organizational Structure for Your Business

    A roadmap to your Target Operating Model where growth is controlled, measured and profitable.

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Over many years of working with small to medium size businesses, particularly those looking for, or experiencing growth, a common theme has frequently emerged; one of assuring that the infrastructure of old is robust enough to match the demands of today. A misaligned organization can result in declining customer service, quality, profitability and employee satisfaction levels. It can destroy a company’s...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on June 14, 2013

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    March 6, 2013

    4 Steps to Effective Strategic Planning & Implementation

    Learn to “Charter” Strategic Initiatives, Manage Accountability & Achieve Results

    By David Shaffer, Business Advisor & Executive Coach, David Shaffer Consulting LLC Most companies schedule their management retreat to develop and establish the strategic direction for the remainder of the year, as well as a 3-5 year outlook. The process, although it can contribute to team building by “getting away” from the daily grind, frequently does not result in strategy. That’s because what starts as a noble intention or cause ends with little to no accountability, letting...Continue reading

    By David ShafferPosted in Leadership & Teambuilding on March 6, 2013

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