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The Habakkuk Guidelines: 8 Steps for Creating Best-in-Class Leadership Development Programs

The Habakkuk Guidelines: 8 Steps for Creating Best-in-Class Leadership Development Programs

“Then the Lord answered me and said: ‘Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, that he may run who reads it. For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie, though it tarries, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.’”

- Habakkuk 2: 2-3 (NKJV)

For those of us who are Christians, best-in-class always begins and ends with God. What vision has God given you for leadership development for your company? How will you galvanize your team around the vision?

Organizational Structure Feeds Silos, Chaos and False Sense of Success

Organizational Structure Feeds Silos, Chaos and False Sense of Success

The typical organization today is led by decision makers who are “vertical” silo owners. The organizational chart, reinforced by traditional budgeting and yes, even forecasting methods, results in decision makers who are structurally encouraged to think only within their own departmental scope. All too often doing so without insight into or knowledge of what would create increased value for the customer or capture new markets who have unmet needs.

A Ton of Waste

A Ton of Waste

Isn’t it sad to admit that the primary functions of finance are, by their very nature, a ton of waste?

As a CPA and information systems consultant, I remember when I realized that I was seen as the “enemy” of the LEAN experts. Management/cost accounting had become mired in the mud –actually driving wasteful recording, stuck in details that represented “muda” (waste) on the plant floor, adding no value to the customer, to the product or ultimately to the mission or objectives of the company.

The Foundation for Building the Right Team

The Foundation for Building the Right Team

Assume that you are building a house. First, you would have the plans for the building to study and prepare for construction. You would then implement the plan and begin building the house, taking care to follow the plan and do each task systematically and in order. Sometimes you will deviate from the plan due to new information and then prepare a change order modifying the plan. You take care to make sure the plumbing and electrical are all in place before you hang the drywall. You have to have all the right parts in the right places in order to have the right house.