Ann and I are itching to get started on the Exponential Organizations (ExO) course starting December 10, 2015. (we are attending, not leading, to be clear).
This course is really important to us – truly a framework for ventures in the 21st century. We will be workshopping new ways to help our clients in both business and social sectors accelerate growth where it matters to them, be that in profits, social impact or both.
We think the Exponential Organizations work is a match for many of you in our extended community of changemakers. We hope you will join us!
Two immediate opportunities:
On Friday December 4th at 10am EST, Yuri will host a webinar focused on the real cases and experiences he has seen over the past year and the challenges companies have overcome. You will come out of the webinar with actions items to immediately start implementing. See you there!
CyberMonday TODAY ONLY: $500 USD off ExO course – If you register TODAY, November 30, before 11:59 pm EST, you will receive a $500 USD discount at checkout.
In US dollars, tuition for the 8-week hands-on program drops from $1997 USD to $1497 USD. For our Canadian colleagues – roughly $2000 CAD, down from about $2700 CAD.¬†The course tuition is fully guaranteed, so if you are at all interested, we’d suggest you sign up today so you don’t miss this deal, and make your final decision after the webinar on December¬†4th. You will also gain immediate access to the course materials and videos!
Enough said. We have a world to change…
– Ann and Gary Ralston
¬© 2015 Ralston Consulting Inc.
Wind over fresh snowfall yields¬†a field full of ¬†‘snow logs’.
photo: Ann Ralston
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I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Is this new music video a comedy¬†or a tragic cautionary tale to corporate leaders, strategists and consultants?
Music parody master, Weird “Al” Yankovic, has loosed¬†his incisive wit on¬†corporate-buzz-speak, in a video from his just-released¬†album, Mandatory Fun.
Mission Statement, is composed in the style of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, playing¬†against¬†an RSA-like whiteboard animation (which apparently took 10 months to produce!). The production quality is brilliant, and I found myself smiling and wincing in equal parts.
WARNING: This video is NOT recommended for anyone who has written¬†a mission statement¬†in the past decade. Showing this to your¬†CEO or board chair may shorten your career.
But seriously, Ann and I¬†are not¬†fans of mission and purpose statements, even though we’ve had a hand in creating more than one in our day.
Our friend, colleague and mentor, Robert Fritz, writes:
“Which would we rather work for, a company that had a purpose statement but didn‚Äôt have a purpose, or a company that had a purpose but didn‚Äôt have a purpose statement?
Of course we would all choose the real thing over the propaganda. But even an organization that has a true purpose can rob that purpose of its power by reducing it to a slogan.” *
So please, enjoy the video, and then commit yourselves to eradicating corporate-buzz-speak wherever you can – we promise to do the same!
‚Äď Gary Ralston
¬© 2014 Ralston Consulting Inc.
¬†A special thanks to Jerry Marselle at our client, SMBH, for turning us on to this gem!
*¬†Fritz, Robert (2011-01-04). The Path of Least Resistance for Managers. Newfane Press. Kindle Edition.
More Weird “Al”:
- Great background info in this¬†post on the Wall Street Journal¬†
- Video: Word Crimes – a cry against bad spelling and grammar.¬†(I liked this video even more, but then, my mom is an english teacher and editor -G)
‘Brewing Up a Business‘ by Sam Calagione, the owner of DogFish Head Brewery, was recommended by one of my sons, so I downloaded the audiobook. He¬†brews his own¬†beer as a hobby, and I thought – at best – I was getting into a book about craft beer¬†counter-culture¬†and start ups.
- about dedication and belief in what you are creating,
- of commitment to your people,
- of how the personality of an individual can shape a culture of¬†innovation.
The company was built on creating innovative (and sometimes bizarre) products – which with craft beer means a combination of distinctive taste and ingredients, an evocative name, and a great story. (Liquid Breadfruit Ale, anyone?).
They maintain a¬†constant awareness (and openness to) ideas that may be the germ of a new offering – and in some cases, rescue offerings in trouble.¬†¬†Sales for the then-failing¬†DFH Beer Shampoo Bar¬†only turned around¬†after¬†they discovered that¬†professional dog groomers loved it, and so repositioned it as a pet care product!
I think the thing that most struck me was their¬†connection to and understanding of their¬†customers. We all talk about knowing our customer, but how does that translate to action throughout a company? Calagione sets a great example, and I could see and feel his¬†commitment to this principle, woven through every story he tells.
If you are looking for a down-to-earth¬†and delightfully “off-centered” point of view on leadership, you are in for a great¬†read (or listen!)!
– Ann Ralston
¬© 2014¬†Ralston Consulting Inc.
We believe this message is bigger than a single faith.
It speaks across cultures and creeds and diverse communities everywhere.
We are filled with gratitude for all of you in our circle – that you are in our lives.
May this fervent wish be realized for you, your family and your caring community.
In warmth and love and peace,
Ann and Gary
December 24, 2013
photo: Ann Ralston.