Change Whisperer – Gail Severini, Symphini Change Management Inc.


Strategy and Strategy Execution Conferences 2013

Strategy conferencesStrategy and strategy execution are two sides of the same coin―they are different and related. Leaders need to excel at both to succeed.

Where does one go to explore this intersection, learn more about integration, and probe more deeply into what “strategy execution” is all about? This post lists conferences in the US and Canada in 2013 that may be of interest.

Will you attend? Do let me know…perhaps we will be there and can meet in person, or maybe you can let the rest of us know what you thought of it. continue reading here



The fight of our lives: innovation leadership

“America is NOT the greatest country in the world anymore…We are 7th in literacy, 27th in math, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, 3rd in median household income, 4th in labor force and 4th in exports. We sure used to be. We stood up for what was right…We fought for moral reasons…We built great big things…We reached for the stars…We aspired to intelligence. We didn’t belittle it. It didn’t make us feel inferior…We didn’t scare so easy.” Excerpt from “Newsroom” (R-rated language).

innovation leadership There has been a lot of talk, in the last ten or twenty years, about innovation. And yet, it seems to take forever. Think:

  • –  Manufacturing (the North American auto industry had to face almost certain death before innovating)
  • –  Healthcare (only a sliver of health records are electronically stored)
  • –  Newspaper publishing
  • –  Big box retail (Radio Shack, Circuit City, Best Buy, J.C. Penney)
  • –  And look ahead to pharma (with patents expiring, it remains to be seen whether big pharma can re-invent its business models)
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“You’re a little loopy when you’re hungry.” Working at the limits of change capacity

You're a little loopy when you're hungry graphicI always laugh when I see the new Snickers commercials—I admit it, I sometimes even rewind them.

They remind me that “You’re not yourself when you’re under the stress of change.”

Have you seen Robin Williams on your projects lately? This is the “Fourth and loopy” commercial where the usually very intense and focused coach is momentarily an incarnation of Robin Williams.

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Leading strategy? Vicarious rejuvenation. Post 3 of 3

 “The whales sing, not because they have an answer. They sing because they have a song.” —Andrew Stevenson

Endurance cropped with nameThere is no substitute for getting away from it all.

Displacement is a powerful rejuvenation technique.

For six hours on March 14th we forgot everything. We focused only on finding whales. I hope this story will “take you away” for a few minutes. continue reading here



Leading strategy? The three key ingredients for rejuvenation. Post 2 of 3

You can go to heaven if you want. I’d rather stay in Bermuda.” —Mark Twain

Castle IslandThere are, of course, many compelling reasons to take a vacation, but here is one that reconciles with your business objectives.

Go slow to go fast.

To bring our best selves forward to complex and high-pressure strategy, we need clear minds and fulsome spirits.
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