Strategy

4 Ways to Motivate Employees to Help Achieve Your Strategic Vision

The biggest reasons strategic initiatives don’t get done is the enormous amount of energy it takes to run daily operations. Between serving a customer and working on a strategic initiative, which one is your team going to work on? Every time, it will be the day-to-day work. So now that we know what the issue is, how do we fix it? Here are 4 steps that can help.

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The Secret to a Successful Strategic Planning Process

A strategy canvas can help CEOs and their teams visualize their company’s current strategic position in its marketplace and chart its future strategy. By building a strategic planning process around a strategy canvas, the C-suite can focus its attention on the big picture rather than by becoming immersed in numbers and operational details.

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Engaging Employees With “Open Book” Finance

In 2014, only 31% of American workers were engaged at work, according to Gallup, with the youngest employees—Millennials—the least engaged generation. Open Book Finance can help. Much more than just sharing the financials with your employees, Open Book is an operating system that provides employees with a direct line of sight between what they do and financial results—including their own—and the information they need to make good decisions daily.

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How to Accelerate Profitable Growth to Drive Shareholder Value Creation

A recent study of publicly traded mid-market companies revealed a group of 500 companies that outperformed their peers over the last three years on both top- and bottom-line growth. This select group of “Profitable Growers” delivered cumulative shareholder returns of 109% over the three-year period in the form of dividends and share appreciation, compared to just 38% for “Low Profit Growers” and only 53% for “Cost Cutters.”

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Fighting Back: The 6-Step Strategy Liam McGee, Former CEO of The Hartford, Used to Keep an Activist Investor at Bay

Any time an activist investor goes after your company, it’s a crisis. When Paulson & Company went after The Hartford and pushed it to split the company in two, the CEO and board members were shocked. But they were able to turn the crisis into an opportunity by following a few key behaviors. Here, in his own words, is former CEO Liam McGee's success story.

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6 Tactics for Fending Off Activist Shareholder Attacks

Attacks on CEOs of large public companies continue to make the news daily. There are lots of ways for CEOs to try to ward off such threats—and most of them have to do with just running a company the right way, with a clear strategy, optimizing opportunities, minding the bottom line, and being able to think like both shareholders and corporate raiders. But what if the wolf is already at the door, and is winning your loyal constituents over to their side? What can and should CEOs do once an activist shareholder has selected him, her, the board or the company as his prey?

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