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The value of training on trial

Our ability to become, or remain, relevant comes down to an ability to adapt. To adapt means to learn and an ability to learn is an organization’s top priority in the final frontier of competitive advantage. The value of training becomes an organization advantage. Any item that can not show direct business impact finds their way onto an organization’s chopping block. The strategic ability to train and to educate and the value of training on trial. Who’s job is it to show the direct link training has to top-line growth as well as bottom-line results: training designers, training coordinators, training providers, training contractors, and training programs Every dollar invested in training is a dollar taken from elsewhere. And the business project portfolio has an expected return. The need for training to produce an ROI means our concept of ROI needs to include both …

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The value of information and the link to development

Information is not competitive advantage, knowledge is competitive advantage.  Until you socialize your information amongst others you never discover if the value of your information is actual knowledge. An organization’s socialized knowledge is really their competitive advantage and information and knowledge are both human capital issues. Enterprise knowledge management is a critical strategic need and how you collect and share information maximizes your organization resources. However, the value of knowledge comes only when knowledge aligns to strategic and tactical need.  Socialization of information is the critical step to align and coordinate resources:  people, time, and financial. Information for the Gentry Class Too often organizations build strategy as an executive exercise of information and tightly-controlled knowledge.  This high-level review leaves out the opportunity to invite in fresh perspectives and leverage the organization’s cognitive diversity. Strategy created in a vacuum invites change resistance. You, and your organization, can only know …

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2 priorities for competitive advantage

In addition to sales and finance, there are two complimentary organization priorities that leaders should focus on to achieve and sustain excellence: Understand motivation Deliver projects in a routine manner Organizations can stake out a competitive advantage by doing things cheaper or doing things better.  Motivation and project management are two ways an organization can reduce costs and do things better. Organizations need to leverage motivation as a competitive advantage. I think people are aware of how important motivation is to gauge the effort or quality they give to a task, to a team, to a manager, to a leader, or to an organization.  However, organizationally and individually, few have taken steps to understand their accountability to motivate others. I’ve written often about motivation.  Here’s the deal with motivation:  every morning when someone starts their day, if they are not motivated you …