Seat Assignments

Sent: July 18, 10:08 a.m. From: CEO To: Sr. Leadership Team Subject: Assignments for Strategic Initiatives Team, Great job coming up with the assignments for the six strategic initiatives from the planning session. It looks like we have all 24 mid-level managers assigned and they … Read more

The Monkey’s Wrench

It’s been four months since marketing started working with that super-expensive design firm in San Francisco on that “rebranding initiative” they talked me into. I never really understood what was wrong with the logo that we have, and I certainly don’t understand why we are … Read more

The Saboteur

Sent: April 14, 2:00 p.m. From: Gayle, CEO To: Robert, Director of Product Strategy Subject: Rethinking Annual Plan Robert, As we turn the corner on the third quarter here, I wanted to touch base on our annual product-rollout plan. I know the big launch is … Read more

By Imitation Only

Sent: August 18, 11:00 a.m. From: Ann, CEO To: Dan, Director of Marketing Subject: NWFFPSC Booth Dan, Last year at the National Worldwide Forum for the Future of Professional Services & Consulting, I saw at least twenty of our direct competitors with booths that were … Read more

Innovation Is for Losers

Sent: Sunday, March 3, 7:42 p.m. From: David, Founder & CEO To: Chris, Director of IT Subject: Web Sight Budget Chris, I’ve been putting a lot of thought into our technology budget for this year, and I’m having second thoughts about your request to redo … Read more

Snake Oil Strategy

GOOOOOOOOOOOOD MORNING! WELCOME TO THIS YEAR’S ANNUAL STRATEGIC PLANNING SESSION! GRAB SOME COFFEE—HURRY UP, WAKE UP, RISE AND SHINE, PEOPLE! GRAB A SEAT, NOTEBOOKS OUT, THINKING CAPS ON—WE ARE GOING TO GET STRATEGIC! MY NAME IS BOB, I AM WITH BOB CAMPBELL CONSULTING INCORPORATED, I … Read more

Magic 8 Ball

“Ideas can come from anywhere.” – speech from this year’s CEO roundtable. I’ve always found that I like to get ideas from everywhere— even random people can often give me a perspective that helps me clarify the situation, and therefore the answer. My leadership philosophy … Read more

Wagging the Dog

Sent: July 5, 8:35 a.m. From: CEO To: All Staff Subject: NEW! Collaboration Tools Good morning, everyone! I hope everyone had a fun and festive holiday weekend. Welcome back! As we are now moving into the second quarter of the year, I wanted to touch … Read more

Punched in the Gut

CEO NOTES Journal Entry July 1 Today I was pretty pleased with myself. I just had this feeling that if I stuck to my guns, I would be right, and of course, I was. It’s really hard to teach gut instinct to all these wannabes … Read more