Entries by Geoff Wilson

The great strategic “wreck-oning”

The shocks to your system might not be what you think they are.  You’d better take a closer look. Hey, you there…the guy or gal with the life you always wanted.  How does it feel? You are working from home.  Your computer screen has become your window into the world.  And, you have realized that […]

Who do you turn to when the blood hits the floor?

Times like these tend to reveal who we can really trust to deliver. A crazy phenomenon has happened over the past couple of weeks as the world has digested the coronavirus shock. Executives, many of whom have never been in executive roles in a massive shock, have had to take stock of their teams in […]

When it all goes to VUCA, what do you do?

Is there an operating system for strategy under absolute uncertainty? Well, the world has gone to hell in a handbasket. It certainly didn’t take long, did it? Ask anyone and they will tell you that the world is somewhere between an intense over-reaction and The Walking Dead’s best impression of The End Of The World […]

Legacy lessons from NASCAR’s worst wreck ever

We all leave a legacy of some sort. Ryan Newman’s survival of NASCAR’s worst wreck ever highlights the contrasts of passive and active legacies. Do you know the legacy you are leaving with your business, team, or organization? It’s surprising how little this topic actually gets highlighted when managers and executive teams focus on their […]

Are your people uninspired? Maybe it’s time to hang the DJ.

Your strategy is supposed to inspire.  Have you forgotten? What’s the purpose of your strategic plan? The possibilities are endless.  Some might say that the sole purpose is to “enhance shareholder value.”  I’d argue that this old trope is no longer the gold standard.  Some adhere to the stakeholder model…which might be closer.  Regardless of […]

It’s what you give that matters

How much do you focus on what you give vs. what you think you do? “It’s not what you got, it’s what you give / it ain’t the life you choose, it’s the life you live.” – What You Give, Tesla (the rock band) Have you ever met an executive that focuses a LOT on the skills […]

New year, new you?

Renewal is the word to embrace at the start of the year. 2020. Two thousand twenty. For those of us born and reared prior to the turn of the century, just the concept of 2020 is striking…it’s as if we are living in the future. The turn of the decade brings to mind an important […]

5 ways strategy deployment fails

Deploying your strategy isn’t easy, here are 5 reasons deployments fail. The reality of strategic management is that it requires having a strategy and actually managing with the strategy as the touchstone. The first part isn’t easy…plenty of management “stories” masquerade as strategy without actually being founded on real choices about what to do and […]

What Andrew Luck just taught us about protecting top talent

Andrew Luck’s retirement shows that if you don’t protect the talent in your organization, you won’t have it for long. Andrew Luck announced his retirement Saturday night.  Luck, the intriguingly smart and fantastically gifted quarterback of the Indianapolis Colts, basically explained that the constant cycle of injury and recovery he has gone through for the […]