The Strategic Commitment Blog

Just Sayin’

August 9th, 2018 | Josh Leibner

For CEO’s, words are actions. This contradicts the old maxim, “Actions speak louder than words.” But the higher you rise in the ranks of management the less you do anything that does […]

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Ford Shows How It’s Done

May 24th, 2018 | Josh Leibner

Ford’s management team faced a major crisis when a key supplier’s plant fire on May 2nd brought production of the F-Series pickup to an abrupt halt. Initial estimates indicated a suspension […]

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The Last Word On Meetings

February 4th, 2016 | Josh Leibner

“Indescribable, interminable horror.” Such was the response to my casual “How’s your annual Sales Conference going?” asked of a friend attending her Fortune 500 company meeting. What a shame! Why is […]

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Please Offend Me! Why Candor is Critical

January 21st, 2014 | Josh Leibner

Jack Welch spent the first 2 hours of a recent two-day executive training session extolling the benefits of being honest and direct. “People don’t know where they stand, and are […]

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The Power of Accountability

October 31st, 2013 | Josh Leibner

For both small and large organizations, success often boils down to one characteristic – people taking accountability. This means that employees, even of entrepreneurial firms, need to make minute-by-minute choices […]

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You’re the Boss: When Leaders Shouldn’t Ask for Advice

September 6th, 2013 | Josh Leibner

If only we had the good sense — and courage — to preface some of our statements with: “Ignore my opinion, please.” Far too often, we offer up or are […]

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How do you keep the strategic plan from dying on the shelf?

November 30th, 2012 | Josh Leibner

The key to keeping it alive is simple. Follow-up. One of the questions we always get is, how do we connect our vision to our day-to-day work? They have to […]

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How do you know people are really taking ownership of this strategic planning process versus just giving lip service to it?

November 2nd, 2012 | Josh Leibner

You watch how they behave. You want to feel the heat of people’s passion…of their conviction. The greatest predictor of success tomorrow is the passion and conviction of today. It’s […]

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How do people typically respond to the strategic planning process and why?

October 18th, 2012 | Josh Leibner

When we ask people about the strategic planning process the typical responses we get are: it’s boring. It’s tedious. Sometimes it’s torturous. The word dread crops up a lot. It’s […]

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When trust is broken can it actually be restored?

October 12th, 2012 | Josh Leibner

The common belief is no. I can either trust you or I can’t. That’s how people often think about it, as a black or white issue. It’s not. We’ve all […]

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