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Board Power! A Guide to Improve Board Performance

By Peter DiGiammarino

There is a lot more value that can be derived from working with the board but it takes a lot of work in building, cultivating, and working with boards.

What makes an exceptional WWW

By Eric Palmer

The purpose of a business is to solve a problem for a customer…which drives every leadership team to align on its WWW; that is on WHAT their organization provides to WHO and WHY customers buy it from them.

How to Run Operating Meetings

By Peter DiGiammarino

An IntelliVen CEO client recently put it this way: “It’s easy to make great progress when you weren’t doing much in the first place” when commenting on the lift in performance experienced after tweaking the approach to running his organization’s weekly Operating Group Meeting.

3 Tips and Four C’s to Raise a leader’s Communication game

By Peter DiGiammarino

Your voice speaks volumes about your confidence level, your education, socioeconomic stature, and your roots. And your voice can be managed to help you be a more effective leader.

4 Steps to Tap Into the Power of The Learning Community

By Peter DiGiammarino

There is now a featured post at the top of the IntelliVen LinkedIn Company Page called Ask the Learning Community. Every Friday we will post a question or situation submitted by an ILC member. You are invited to enter a comment to share your reaction, suggestions, experience, wisdom, and/or resources. This post explains the mechanics you need to know to participate. Don’t hesitate to jump in and give it a try. As always, your feedback and suggestions are most welcome.

How to set direction when the leader is not sure where to head next

By Peter DiGiammarino

Leaders set direction, align resources, and motivate action as suggested by the panels in Figure 1.  Another way to put it is that a leader develops, holds, nurtures, communicates, and drives to achieve a vision.

How to connect the Top-of-the-House to the FrontLine

By Peter DiGiammarino

When top leaders are informed, thinking critically, and engaged enough to provide guidance and direction, things tend to go pretty well.  That is, things get done better, sooner, and more smoothly when leaders pay attention. 

How emerging executives can achieve high-impact with key players more senior than themselves.

By Peter DiGiammarino

An up-and-coming executive engages with an important sales prospect, client, supplier, partner, or colleague on par with his or her degree of comfort and security with the other party. The more seniority the other is perceived to have relative to his/her own, the more anxiety and insecurity is induced, the less is said, and the … Continue reading How emerging executives can achieve high-impact with key players more senior than themselves.

IntelliVen Launches Initiative to Support Learning Community on LinkedIn

By Peter DiGiammarino

We have launched an initiative to cultivate the IntelliVen Learning Community through the IntelliVen Company Page on LinkedIn: “Ask the Learning Community”. Follow the company page on LinkedIn to enjoy the content and join the discussion.

Key to Operating Success in a Crisis

By Peter DiGiammarino

With baby boomers entering their last stages, Private Equity invested in senior residences ahead of the certain increase in demand as an aging population would surely seek community, comfort, support, and safety from communal living. COVID-19 changed the calculus overnight. WeWork and Airbnb represent two more niches that are forever changed…as are many more.

WHAT WHO WHY

Tips to consultants helping organization leaders create THEIR WHAT-WHO-WHY

By Eric Palmer | February 23, 2020

Before leaders set out to change their organization, it helps to be ready to change. To get ready to change, leaders should be clear about their organization as it currently exists. A good place for them to start is with their organization’s purpose. The purpose of an organization is to solve a problem for a … Continue reading Tips to consultants helping organization leaders create THEIR WHAT-WHO-WHY

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Long-time IntelliVen Client Enrolls Five Teams in Exclusive Manage to Lead Immersion Program Cohort

By Peter DiGiammarino | February 14, 2020

A Washington DC based management consulting firm that helps organizations experiencing disruption to set their strategy and then align their culture with that strategy to achieve breakthrough performance improvement has chosen Manage to Lead as a foundational component of their leadership development and client delivery methodology.

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Former student named one of 100 fastest growing inner-city businesses

By Peter DiGiammarino | February 3, 2020

We are humbled and honored to be a part of Pete Merzbacher’s journey and for his kind words towards me and the IntelliVen team.

How to get a rogue team member back on board without drama or disruption

By Peter DiGiammarino | January 7, 2020

Every leader eventually finds they have a toxic executive team member who behaves poorly, spreads discontent, or otherwise goes off track and holds the core leadership team, and the organization, hostage indefinitely.  As the leader, it is up to you to do something, but you avoid confronting the offender perhaps because you are averse to … Continue reading How to get a rogue team member back on board without drama or disruption

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Case Study: Cracking the Execution Code at Compusearch Software Systems

By Peter DiGiammarino | December 3, 2019

Compusearch had always been an innovative company but operations needed to mature. Here’s the story behind how the management team, working with The Carlyle Group and IntelliVen, got clear, aligned, and grew to be sold for ~4X invested capital in 5 years.

STRATEGIC ACQUISITION OR ALLIANCE

How to increase the odds of success with a strategic acquisition or alliance

By Peter DiGiammarino | September 19, 2019

Posted 6/10/2012, Updated 9/19/2019 Most acquisitions and alliances severely underperform relative to expectations set at the time of their inception.  No matter how great they look on paper, it is always a lot harder to make things come out anywhere near where they were meant to be than it seemed at the start.  Fortunately, based … Continue reading How to increase the odds of success with a strategic acquisition or alliance

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Transition Plan for CEOs

By Peter DiGiammarino | August 29, 2019

What To Do Between Your Exit and Next Position We wrote a post about how to make a graceful exit (especially when it’s involuntary) that explored what steps to take when leaving your position. This post is the follow-up that dives into how to identify, assess, and consolidate lessons learned to find the right next … Continue reading Transition Plan for CEOs

How Top CEOs Manage Their Time

How Top CEOs Manage Their Time

By Peter DiGiammarino | April 22, 2019

Time Management for Leaders and Aspiring Leaders After reviewing the draft news release announcing my latest promotion (many years back) and offering her congratulations, our press agent exclaimed with some dismay that: “…now you’ll have even LESS time than ever!” I remember remarking smartly in reply that she was wrong, and that I still had … Continue reading How Top CEOs Manage Their Time

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How to Prepare for High-Stakes Events

By Peter DiGiammarino | April 8, 2019

Success favors the prepared! When the stakes are high, there is no substitute for getting so ready that your odds of success go way up, even if what was planned never happens.

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Five Stages of Organization Evolution and Key Characteristics and Concerns at Each Stage

By Peter DiGiammarino | November 6, 2018

Organizations almost always progress through five more-or-less well-defined evolutionary growth stages: Concept Startup Credible Sustainable Mature. The Five Stages of Organization The five stages of organization are defined by key characteristics, operating agenda, economics, and key concerns as summarized below. Concept Stage A new organization starts out as an idea, or Concept. A bona fide … Continue reading Five Stages of Organization Evolution and Key Characteristics and Concerns at Each Stage

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Get Clear

By Peter DiGiammarino | October 18, 2018

The purpose of a business is to solve a problem for a customer…which begs this question: WHAT solution does your organization provide to WHO and WHY do they pay for it? A way to think about it is that there are three dimensions to any business: WHAT, WHO, and WHY or in terms of Market … Continue reading Get Clear

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Change Alone is Not Enough

By Peter DiGiammarino | July 26, 2018

Strategic Leadership is to change your organization the way you want. You don’t just want change, though, because change means different, not necessarily better. We could say develop, which implies better, but towards what end? More specifically we want to improve but in what ways? What we want is to improve how well we do what we do, … Continue reading Change Alone is Not Enough

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