I’m catching up on some great material — at least great IMHO — that has been locked away in my notebook. Last month, I got a chance to talk strategy with Josh Leibner and Gershon Mader, founding partners of Quantum Performance, Inc. They have worked with Fortune 500 companies around the world including: Capital One, Cisco, The United Way, AT&T, Campbell Soup, and others.
What prompted our discussion was the recent release of their book (with co-author Alan Weiss), The Power of Strategic Commitment: Achieving Extraordinary Results Through TOTAL Alignment and Engagement. We had an excellent chat that centered on four topics:
- What are the symptoms of a commitment-phobic initiative or organization?
- How can one maintain motivation and ownership across diverse groups of stakeholders?
- What should new managers focus on to be “strategic”?
- Why hasn’t HR been able to play a more constructive role in strategy?