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“We have to change our culture.”

“We have to change our culture.” It’s been muttered by every frustrated leader, in every organization, in both the public and the private sectors. But what most of them mean is, “We have to change the way we do things around here.” At…

The Micromanagement Disease

I recently read a thought provoking article concerning micromanagement in the Harvard Business Review. The article, written by Muriel Wilkins, outlines a list on signs that signal a tendency towards micromanagement. I suggest that if this…

Why Your Managers Aren’t Managing Effectively (Hint: It’s Not Their Fault)

There are a variety of factors at play that obstruct manager effectiveness. For our research purposes, we identified the key dimension: accountability. In this context, accountability is “an obligation for which one can be held to account…

The Culture of Quality

This week we invited Sam Jbarah to contribute to the Delta Blog. Sam has been a long-time commenter here on our site, and it has become obvious that he shares a great many of the same views as we do. So, when he started talking to us about…

Leadership Matters

“Leadership is the art of getting someone else to do something you want done, because he wants to do it.”      - Dwight D. Eisenhower The success of an organization is directly related to the caliber of leadership throughout the…

Your Change Management Plan Is Junk

I am frequently invited to speak on the subject of change management. While I’m there, I always try to speak with a few people about their experiences as they try to make change happen within their own teams. And, honestly, I think the…

The SWOT Analysis: Will it ever die?

The SWOT analysis has been around, seemingly, forever. This is interesting only because nothing in the world of business management lasts for more than a couple of years before the big publishers and the HBR glitterati move us on to the…

Changing Culture: A Delta Partners White Paper

Changing Culture is a new white paper from Delta Partners.   “We have to change our culture.” This is the opening line from a new White Paper by Delta Partners' Senior Consultant, Geoff Schaadt. It's a statement that is made by far too…

Meetings, Bloody Meetings

  “Meetings, bloody meetings!”  Does this sound familiar to you?  Yes, those were the words of John Cleese in his 1976 British comedy training film. For those of you who are aware of this film, or have been around long enough to forget…

10 Must-Have Communication Skills for Business Success

This is new for us – we've never posted an infographic on the Delta Blog before. But I came across this one that was published by Salesforce Canada, and I thought that it nicely captured some of the same messages that we try to share with…

Leading Through Change - Webinar Recording

As many of our regular readers know, from time to time I conduct webinars on various management topics. And, a few months ago, I had a webinar in which we discussed the importance of leadership whenever you are attempting to implement…

Lean Management: No Posers Allowed!

A lot of executives have heard about Lean management and would like to try it - seems like a good idea. (Even the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service thinks Lean is a good idea!) Are you ready to Rock? For those…

Back to The Future with Management By Objectives

The management-leadership field, as vast as it is with perspectives and theories aplenty, still finds a need to recycle ideas from the past. There are only so many ways to slice and dice theories on how to motivate people; manage–make that…

Lean and The Future of Management

The phrase “Lean manufacturing” was invented in 1990 for the book The Machine That Changed the World to describe the approach that Toyota used to manage operations and employees. The impact that this book had on manufacturing in North…

We Are What We Pretend to Be

We are what we pretend to be. So we must be careful about what we pretend to be.      – Kurt Vonnegut This has long been one of my favourite quotes. This isn’t even the first time that I’ve used it here. We all have our personal…

Employee Engagement Is Not an Employee Problem

Do you read HBR or Forbes or Inc or Fast Company? Yes? Then no doubt you are well versed in the important role that employee engagement plays in the success of any complex organization. When talking about employee engagement, the…

Performance Management or Relationship Management?

In an ideal world, a performance management system would be so much more than just a performance agreement, a performance appraisal, a response to budget constraints, doing “more with less”, or reporting transparency. It would help create…

The ‘New Key Leadership Competencies’ - Nicely Done!

Canada and the world are changing rapidly. This sentence opens the preamble of The new Key Leadership Competencies that was recently released by the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) for the Government of Canada. It…

Elements of Leadership: Part Three – Love and The Matrix

Though you will learn quite a lot from this post on its own – please be aware that this is part three in a series that Phil is writing on essential elements of leadership. It will make even more sense if you read parts one and two as well!…

Building a High Trust Workplace: Today’s Strategic Competitive Asset

Think of a time when you worked with a group of great people, where trust prevailed, where your leader had earned a followership and where everyone worked towards the same vision. It doesn’t have to have been paid work; community service…