Impactful Insights

Archived Posts: April 2015

GAP Analysis - What do you see?

At first, a spark plug...a common car part looks rather simple on the surface. Let’s face it, how many of us actually know where to find it under the hood of our cars, let alone the complex function that it provides? When we begin to look at our current systems and processes are we much the same?

A properly gapped plug will be wide enough to burn hot, but not so wide that it skips or misses at high speeds, nor cause the cylinders to drag, or the engine to begin to rattle. As you look at your business is it well tuned? Have you taken the time to find out if the gap is too wide or too narrow?
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Organization Development: Aligning The Stars, Part 1

I once attended a presentation by George H. Labovitz, PhD, titled Rapid Realignment – Leading, Focusing and Mobilizing the Organization. The presentation focused on improving profits by optimizing organization alignment. Dr. Labovitz recounted many of his private discussions while consulting with former Navy Chief Vern Clark. I found the following quote to be the most interesting and relevant based on work that  have done. When he became the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Vern Clark told George Labovitz: 

“I made alignment my #1 goal for the Navy because, in my business, second place is a terminal disease.”
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