“We lean on Richard Gerofsky, Partner at FOCUS to help develop our strategic roadmap. Richard’s sound counsel, useful guidance and effective facilitation enabled Mayhew to think strategically, keeping steadfastly committed to our corporate vision and strategic objectives.  Richard is a key asset around the Mayhew boardroom table, and considered an extension of our Executive team.” Marcia Mayhew, CEO, Mayhew
Good things last.  I was recently asked to speak in New York, to an international group of chief librarians from major urban centres from around the world. They share innovative efforts and the results annually. The core of my presentation was about  a strategic planning and alignment system that Fred and his team at FOCUS Management facilitated  at the Mississauga Library System, 15 years ago!  The process was robust, rigorous and collaborative in nature and Ahead…Mississauga Library System
“ We believe in investing in our people and we have engaged several firms to help us do that. I must admit that none of them have had the positive impact that FOCUS has, in such a short period of time. FOCUS facilitated results are pragmatic and can  immediately put to work to increase productivity and quality as the team gets stronger. And they did that WITH our people who really liked the FOCUS approach. We will continue to work with FOCUS as we grow our organization”  Richard Cupido, President and Owner, Burlington Paving
“We have certainly come a long way in a short period of time.  Recently, we won an award for the best performing energy efficient homes in North America.  The Focus Management Team, Fred, Richard and Stephen, have become a part of the L!V Communities Team, working with us to create better communication, clarity and alignment.  Our team is now focussed on what really matters and that’s what generates results that our customers expect and deserve.”Anthony Martelli, Chief Operating Officer L!V Communities
“FOCUS is able to hone in on the most important strategic initiatives and gain a level of engagement and alignment across the organization. They deliver real results. I believe in the people. I believe in the product.”Craig Gilpin, CCO, North West
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We’re in PROFIT Magazine!

We just published an article in PROFIT Magazine (a Rogers publication), entitled “Why Companies Crash”; subtitled (I guess you could call it that – more of a story lead, I should say) “The Great Paradox of Management is that Growth today can inhibit More Growth tomorrow. Here’s how some High-Flying Firms overcame the challenge that could pull apart your business, too”.

The article comes from research we did with Profit 100/200 companies, interviews with a number of high-flying entrepreneurs, and 20 years of experience working with businesses of all shapes and sizes. What it all points to is that, as size and complexity of the business increase, organizations often find themselves in a state of “wobble”, caused by a misalignment of structure, resources, compensation, strategy and individuals’ roles and responsibilities.

It can cause quite a mess.

The good news? There are ways to detect it happening, prevent it from having calamitous consequences, and treat the organization if it is already present. I’ll write about those instruments, techniques and tools in future entries. For now:

The article can be found by clicking here.

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