We live in a fast-changing world requiring both organizations and individuals to be agile. Thankfully, adapting to changing environments is part of human nature. People are also inherently curious and seek ways to grow, develop, and innovate. Each individual approaches change, growth, and innovation differently. How do you organize all these different perspectives successfully? The…

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Toyota Material Handling North America (TMHNA) University Research Program: Digital Innovation in Material Handling Among Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) Background Digital Innovation in material handling is not a technology play. It is an organizational challenge. Digital technologies flood the organization with information. The bureaucratic boxes can quickly become overwhelmed. According to The Technology Fallacy: People Are…

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ExecutionDNA helps organizations transform by aligning mission, vision, and strategy with action, outcomes, and impact. In other words, we help you get (strategic) stuff done! The Problems Organizations Are Facing Strategic planning is easy. Strategic doing is hard.  Strategic direction gets set in the c-suite; but execution fails somewhere between there and the front line.   Strategy gets articulated in documents and…

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Full Spectrum

Why Values, Purpose, and Culture? There’s been no shortage of books, TedTalks, and another content related to values, purpose, and culture in organizations. Simon Sinek’s Start with Why has been broadly embraced. Minister and author Rick Warren’s message of being “purpose-driven” has resonated far beyond churches.  It is no surprise that leaders and managers have a strong interest…

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Wood or metal? Classic or contemporary? Statement-making thick or barely there minimalist? There are a lot of choices when picking out a picture frame, not to mention choosing a mat and deciding whether you want glare-free or just regular glass. My wife and I face this decision now and again when we decide to frame…

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Resumes and transcripts. Job postings and interviews. These are important artifacts in the matchmaking that occurs between job candidates and the organizations that hire them. They often do a good job of helping match the knowledge, experience, and qualifications acquired by the candidate and required for the job. What they don’t do very well, however, is explicitly communicate a way…

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Growth. Whether as individuals, organizations, communities, or economies, most of us are interested in continued growth. Growth may mean something different to different people and organizations and at various stages in our personal and organizational lives. For many, growth means getting bigger or creating more wealth. For others, the motivation to grow is to increase…

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We’ve been looking at the research on trust and the role it plays we are dealing with complex challenges. Here is a little nugget that we thought was particularly interesting. This comes from a foundational work that dates back to 1985. It has informed nearly all of the trust-related research done between then and now.…

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