Tag Archives: Maturity Model

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

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 conflict or perhaps s/he is a longtime friend, co-founder, or even a family member. Instead, you hope things will work themselves out, but they never do; things just get worse.

Do you give up, let the organization wallow forever, or act? Such a dilemma!

The IntelliVen Manage to Lead Immersion Program provides leaders with tools and methods to address undesirable team member behavior without disruption or drama.  Continue reading How to get a rogue team member back on board without drama or disruption

Case Study: Cracking the Execution Code at Compusearch Software Systems

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Compusearch  (now Unison) was a visionary company with visionary goals. But, as often happens with visionary companies, focus on a long-term strategy to revolutionize a market can mean that near-term execution and operationalization can suffer, creating barriers to growth.

In Compusearch’s case, the company had set out to transform how federal government agencies procure and contract for goods and services.

From its founding in 1983, the company used state-of-the-art software design and development to provide solutions that streamlined and automated key steps in government procurement, purchasing, and contract management.

In 2005, the company arrived at a strategic decision point. The company’s team of owner-operators decided to sell the company and retire. The new owner, private equity firm The Carlyle Group (Carlyle), saw immense potential in the company and its pedigree of quality innovation. 

But Carlyle also saw that the change in ownership was an ideal time to assess how the organization operated and to upgrade to more effective strategy execution and operations maturity. Maturing operations turned out to be essential to achieving the goal to double revenue and increase margins to realize a 4X return on invested capital within five years.

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How to think about where competencies that generate great value fit in organizations as they evolve.

The application of behavioral psychology to organizations over the past 60 years or so has given rise to Organization Development tools, methods, and principles.  University programs and training labs have taught thousands of professionals in the rapidly evolving discipline.  Many of those trained wonder where they fit in the organizations that employ them.

To set the context for thinking about where specially trained resources fit in an organization, it may help to consider how other emerging competencies have evolved to fit in organizations.  Consider what has happened with information technology (IT) for example. Continue reading How to think about where competencies that generate great value fit in organizations as they evolve.