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Careful who you hand the wheel to in a crisis…

The immediate focus of most companies is shifting from Long Term to Short Term, and from Innovation and Growth to Cost Control and Operational Efficiency. Many Boards and CEO’s, as they should, are assessing the “people at the wheel” across divisions or functions trying to determine fit for the current environment. Unfortunately, some think this […]

So you want to DIY an ERP project….

So you want to DIY an ERP project….

Assessing the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) capabilities of a company being acquired has become a due diligence component of most Merger and Acquisition (M&A) or Private Equity (PE) transactions, and rightfully so.  Having an outdated or poorly deployed ERP system is, and should be, a red flag and a discount factor for any transaction.  A […]

Relentlessly Objective Reality

Relentlessly Objective Reality

I think there are four wormholes that transport a team from the Relentlessly Objective Reality (ROR) universe to one of the four Fake Abstract Reality (FAR) worlds. Because these universes are parallel (or at least that’s a common view), a transformation team can be operating in one, or more, of those environments at any given time. Frankly, I’ve seen at least one team operating in all four simultaneously. So, based on my experience, here are the Four FAR worlds and the wormholes that lead teams there:
1) The Content Free world through the Executive Arrogance wormhole
2) The Lake Wobegone world through the Cognitive Dissonance wormhole
3) The Borg world through the Groupthink wormhole, and
4) The Cardassian world through the Confirmation Bias worm-hole