At Root Inc., one of the things we like to do is tell stories. Many times, companies will come to us and say: Hey Root, we have this 100 page PowerPoint deck. Can you make it relevant to our front-line? In most situations, we simply have to turn their PowerPoint into a compelling story. What […]
Yeah, I’m sorry, I’m going to pile onto the ever-growing pile of articles, speeches, thoughts, and theories about the magical creatures known as millennials. I’ll focus on what “created” the millennial as opposed to what characterizes the millennial. For millennials in America, a lot of us are children of 1st generation immigrant families. This means a couple […]
“Let’s collaborate.” It’s something that groups from all walks of life say and do. See Figure 1. Figure 1: Examples of collaborators Management consulting firms with their clients Companies with other companies Members of a project team Governments with other governments Rappers with other rappers I’m sure you have collaborated, probably as a member of a project […]
For those that have read my post, Not an Ordinary Consulting Firm, Dr. John Boudreau’s name will sound familiar. It was in his class that I discovered Root, Inc., and got into the world of management consulting. Professor Boudreau has been kind enough to be my first interviewee in a new interview blog post series […]
If you are at an organization, you are one of the following: A leader, A manager, or A doer. I’ll bet money that no matter how great your job is, you have at least one gripe about your role that “others in the organization will just never understand.” Well, I’m here to help everyone understand. […]
Are you a newly hired manager? How about an up-and-coming high-potential employee? Maybe you are a client-facing management consultant? If you’re any of these, more often than not, you’ve been put in the precarious position of having to come to a consensus or outcome in a meeting with multiple personalities and opinions. Difficult? Yes. Impossible? […]
Given that I am in management consulting, you’ll know that I have the perk of working remote. But like Peter Parker’s uncle said, “With great power comes great responsibility,” and yes, I’m talking about Tobey Maguire’s Spiderman, the best Spiderman of all the Spidermans. Let’s use this statement (Great Power, Great Responsibility) to talk about working […]
The other day on LinkedIn, I saw a post by Brandon Carson, Director of Learning at The Home Depot. Here’s the quote: Meetings are expensive. The next time you’re in one, scan the room and take a mental note of the cost for everyone to be sitting there. Based on that comment, it’s become clear […]
I think you should work more. Let me explain. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, the average corporate employee was required to do the following: Go into a physical office Clock in and clock out manually Pick up corded desk-phones Work a soul-crushing job in a suit In today’s world, it isn’t surprising to find an […]
I was at my firm’s recruiting event and our team got the following question: “I see that authenticity is a Root Value. How exactly does authenticity manifest itself in your company’s culture?” What happened next was four different employees in the room answered the question in their own way. I like to call it Authenticity […]
Okay, so I’m your new boss and your name is A-aron. Me: Welcome to the job, A-aron. You: Thank you. Me: So here’s the scoop. I’m going to hold you accountable for the results of this lemonade stand. You: Cool, so at the end of the day, the success or failure of the lemonade stand […]
In October of last year, Deloitte wrote a piece titled “Strategy execution: What could possibly go wrong?” You can read it here. If you are like me, you will click on that link, begin to read, and then stop reading because I can’t stand business jargon. Here’s the tl;dr. Strategies fail because: You don’t identify any […]
For those of you thinking about joining big consulting, I implore you to read this article. Although, my job at Root, Inc. isn’t standard by any means, there are some benefits I’ve come to appreciate by working at a smaller firm. (It should be noted, some of my benefits overlap with that of Big Consulting.) […]
At Root, I have the privilege of working on different projects with artists, film-makers, designers, programmers, and other consultants. At any given time, I can be working with 40 different people across 8 different projects and teams, with different timelines, stages of deliverable development and personalities. If your job has a similar job-description, you’ll agree […]
Before I get into the case study, it’s necessary to have a quick primer on what my company is known for. Quick primer on what my company is known for: Root, Inc. created the Learning Map®, an experience that uses self-discovery, visualization, and interactivity that revolutionized the way our clients execute strategy through their people. It includes a visual, […]
Think about the last time you were sitting in on a PowerPoint presentation. Keep thinking about it while you answer the following questions. What was the goal of the presentation? (Psst…it was probably to tell you something.) What was on the slides? (Psst…it probably consisted of a ton of words, bullet points, and graphs.) […]
So what is strategy execution?
Strategy execution is getting 50,000 people to agree with you.
Everybody gets an opportunity – some get more, some get less, and some just get it later than others. But everyone gets at least one.