An Assault on Wealth

An Assault on Wealth

Is your wealth under attack… from you? I recently read an excerpt from The Perfect Square: A History of Rittenhouse Square by Nancy M. Heinzen. Rittenhouse Square was home to high concentration of very wealthy in the mid to late 19th century. It describes a shift in the relationship between the wealthy and their money.

Taking Stock

Taking Stock

It's time to get off the speeding train and take a moment to take stock.  We are fond of saying that “Traction is a good business book” AND that “Traction is NOT the last best business book that will be written.”  One of the things that Traction got right is the need for weekly, monthly and quarterly check points on progress toward strategic business goals.

Assessing and managing business performance

Assessing and managing business performance

Assessing and managing business performance has two dimensions to it.  The first is managing day to day performance.  This involves making performance visible and then discussing the difference between desired performance and actual performance.  The second dimension of performance management is related to managing the development and progress of initiatives.  This aspect combines traditional project management discipline with performance management.

Lane on … Values; Not Just for the Soft

I admit it, I used to think that shared values exercises were just so much kumbaya. But, the longer my career, the more I understand them to be critical to any organization’s success. I think the reason so many of us undervalue them is that we've been fortunate enough to work in organizations that worked well and there was a strong sense of shared values. When you have them, it’s hard to imagine what it’s like without them.

Lane on… The Cannon

Those of you who have been to my office will know that I have seven feet of shelf space dedicated to business books.  None of the books are dogs.  Dogs don’t get saved, they get donated.  But among the keepers, some are timeless core books and some are either too narrow to be used often, or so technically deep that they will expire at some point and be superseded.  Technical books become obsolete fastest because our understanding is expanding so rapidly.  I thought it might be interesting to decide what goes into the Lane Cannon (and thereby what is left out).

Lane on… The Evolution of Business

My oldest daughter and I recently went diving and hiking in the Galapagos islands, long a bucket list destination of mine.  In Puerto Ayora, the principle town and jumping off point for adventures, they sell a tee shirt that says:

It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change  – Charles Darwin