Steps Toward Building a Successful Team Culture

By Matthew M. Thomas, COO / Senior Design Partner at Design Group International © 2017 Building a successful team culture can be challenging. Organizational culture is notoriously hard to measure, so how do we know the efforts and approaches we are using are making a difference to...

Strategic Change in the Turnaround Organization

By Matthew M. Thomas, COO / Senior Design Partner at Design Group International © 2017 An organization found itself stuck with long-term declining market share, declining revenues, and rising costs. These changes had been all so small and incremental that they had snuck up on the organization's...

Initiating a Strategic Change Process

By Matthew M. Thomas, COO / Senior Design Partner at Design Group International © 2017 Businesses struggle for a variety of reasons, and often strategic change can help revive a business that has encountered a stuck point. In this article, we are going to look at how...

Empowering Organizational Change

By Matthew M. Thomas, COO / Senior Design Partner at Design Group International © 2017 Empowering organizational change is one of the most significant challenges of true leadership. Empowering change goes beyond leading your organization in the direction you want to take it. Empowering an organization to...

Your New Strategy Begins with Why

By Matthew M. Thomas, COO / Senior Design Partner at Design Group International © 2017 Article 1: A few years ago, I worked with an organizational leader who was upset because he and his company had just finished a strategic planning process, and then an issue arose that...

Eight Reasons Strategic Execution Fails

Current State 90% of organizations fail at executing their strategic initiatives (Kaplan and Norton). Harvard Business Review sites the average ROI on most strategic planning initiatives as 34% or less. How can that be? These statistics are staggering! Sadly, our many years of experience align with these industry...

Business is the Ultimate Team Sport

Are you a team player? Now there's a loaded question. We all know the politically correct answer. But what's really in the back of your mind? In many cases, the "YES" answer to this question is not politically correct, it can be as close to mandatory...

A Global World: What the Future of Translation Holds

Some see computer translators as part of a dystopian future where once-human jobs are replaced by machines. Others laud them for bringing easy translations into the hands of anyone with a computer or smart phone. Translation pioneer Chris Wendt envisions a future where language barriers...