At a time when executives and consultants of every stripe are being asked to do more, the response is too often to dive deeper today into the same tasks performed yesterday, rather than look up and around for what might be a fresher, better approach. We are guided, naturally, by the ways we are measured and compensated. But we often self-impose the restraints of our roles.
It is unlikely the general counsel will offer input to siting a new factory or for the head of marketing to propose a supplier shift or that the process engineer will detail the customer mindset, even though all that ought to be the hope of every CEO. People may be trained or educated in a specific function, but we are not cut off from everything else. More»