Vision to Action: 4 Dysfunctions of an Organization on the “Bridge to Growth”

Welcome to the 3rd video in this series on “Vision to Action: Bridge to Growth.” Now that you understand the model, I’m putting it to work highlighting the 4 main dysfunctions all organizations deal with at some point in their life-cycle. It’s not a matter of “if” but “when” – they’re not deadly unless they persist unchecked – but it’s YOUR JOB, as a leader, to make sure you identify and stay on top of them.

The labels of the primary dysfunctions are listed again here (may not be clear from the video): “sagging, wall, void, silo.” Now it’s up to you to match them up…

Vision to Action: Making the “Bridge to Growth” Come Alive (Video)

Vision to Action: A “Bridge” to Structure Your Company’s Growth (Video)

The 4-E (and 1-P) Framework for Hiring

In his book, Winning, Jack Welch describes the following criteria (framework) he developed over time for hiring good people:index

  1. E – for positive energy: the ability to go go go – to thrive on action and relish change.
  2. E – ability to energize others: the ability to get other people revved up.
  3. Eedge: the ability to make tough yes-or-no decisions.
  4. Eexecute: the ability to get the job done.
  5. Ppassion: heartfelt, deep and, authentic excitement about work.


Your #2014LLE Learnings are in: Relationship Lessons Dominate!

First and foremost, Happy New Year! I hope it’s gotten off to a great start. I especially appreciate your faithfulness in coming to Blue Ink and sharing your thoughts. I hope it continues to be a source of inspiration and encouragement for the coming year.

In my previous December-post I made the case for first “looking back” to identify lessons-learned before “looking forward,” and jumping-in to the traditional rhythm of defining resolutions and goals for the new year.

I took it a step further by challenging you to exchange lessons with others to enrich your learning experience even further – thus the kickoff of #2014LLE – the 2014 Lessons Learned Exchange.

The results are in and the response was amazing! I’m impressed by the time many of you took to share very personal reflections and thoughts – thank you! What stood out as a central theme was your focus on relationships – communication, sensitivity, resolving conflict, support, etc. (important!…and likely a subject of a future post).


Here’s a quick summary of the main points via direct quotes from your comments (for the full text see the comment section of the last post): Read More