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Carlos Dias’ Video-blog Introduction

If you don’t master the practical components of greatness and don’t know how to do the right things right the first time, then you don’t even get to play the game in this new complex and turbulent world.  You have forfeited the ability to shape your own future, which means you are allowing your competitors to shape it for you.  Instead, to control your own destiny, you and your business need to adjust your paradigms, the invisible sets of rules that do two things: defines your boundaries and tells you how to behave inside the boundaries to succeed in this extraordinary complex, and challenging world. This is the goal of this weekly video blog: to show you the practical (concerned with action rather than with theory and ideas alone) skills to adjust your paradigms and thus achieve greatness.

We are confident that you will find each of these proven practices and strategies easy to apply to your business to reach greatness. Don’t forget to email your questions, thoughts, and comments to carlosd@carlosdias.com.  Carlos is committed to responding to each of you as soon as he is able. Thanks!

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How to improve your business performance, Number 1 in a series

How to improve your business performance

What If Everything You Think You Know About Your Business Is Wrong

Are you a leader or a laggard?

Your business…

It's not just a mechanism for generating commerce.

It’s your ultimate asset… the quintessential creator of wealth for you and your stakeholders.

Yet many laggard CEOs allow their businesses to severely underachieve their market opportunity.

But just look around – and look honestly. You'll find a select group of leader CEOs who are outperforming the rest.

It's the same economy for them, so why are they creating off-the-chart growth, while you’re in the doldrums?

Get your answers in this video series. Sign up here

What if EVERYTHING You Think You Know About Business Is Wrong?

In today’s video, I want to profoundly shift and permanently transform your thinking, actions and transactional focus as the CEO or Key Executive of your corporate family businesses. Why? Because we live in turbulent, complex and ever-changing times. Your core business, the financial asset that you and your family depend on to survive, may be hitting a wall you don’t even notice. 

Today, I will open your eyes to the new mirror for your business so you can see around corners and identify issues before they become serious threats to your business survival. The fundamental principle is to understand is that everything has changed and continues to change...yet most CEO’s have remained the same. Are you taking the advantage of opportunities the non-linear times generously provide you with, or, trapping your business in mediocrity, letting your competitors overrun you?

It is time to update your “Mental Operating System” as a CEO. No longer can you blame matters outside your immediate control for your under-performing business.  After all, some CEOs are thriving in this turbulent world. 

This video shares the fundamental principles and strategies to shift your strategic perspective, thus changing the direction of your company towards sustainable wealth and prosperity. 

We teach you which of the questions you ask about your business are no longer relevant and show you the right questions to ask to illuminate your path towards riding the wave of opportunity in this new world.   You will find out what thinking must be avoided...the thinking that drove companies like HP, Dell, Blackberry, and Kodak… to their demise.  I have experience leading or advising executive leadership teams in many industries, to build their own organizational success stories. There IS a certain pattern in the stories of these companies. 

The patterns I teach you today led toward the development of The Wealth Creation Formula, and my e-learning by doing courses specifically designed to assist CEOs of corporate family businesses, and their management teams, to understand the new business environment, upgrade their strategic clarity and focus, and execute on plans to create sustainable profitable growth in turbulent times. 

As a CEO you carry a Vision of your family Business’s Future in your head… and in your heart.  But are you doing what is necessary to make that vision come true?

Most organizations are stuck in mediocrity mode. However, today’s world requires action.

WHAT action will you take? As mentioned before, as an advisor to global executive teams across many industries, I have found the universal patterns for success...the high leverage tools and techniques that executive teams use to create successful high-growth strategies in their organizations. What I’ve learned, I have systematized, to allow ordinary businesses - like yours - to achieve extraordinary results in a competitive world.  Find out everything you need to know about it, the principles, how-to’s and how to implement the system in your business, by watching the video below, and then contact us to schedule a consultation.

Video: What if Everything You Think You Know About Your Business is Wrong


Debiasing in Action

Debiasing In Action

Most everyone has heard the common definition of Insanity: Insanity is doing something over and over and expecting different results.

Despite this adage being widely recognized as truth, I often see businesses well stuck in the rut of doing things as they have always been done. 

These businesses struggle to create the change necessary to achieve prosperous growth in this modern and fast paced world, due to overlooked and heavily ingrained biases in their organizational structure, their processes, their budgeting and planning decisions, and their hiring practices. 

Often, management and the board are not even aware such deeply ingrained biases even exist. 

In 2017, an interesting article published by McKinsey & Associates (and linked below) highlighted the business case for debiasing in organizational decision making, a key foundational element and focus for my corporate clients committed to upgrading their strategies so they will thrive in our new age of business.

What is Debiasing?

Debiasing describes the use of significant insights from the fields of psychology and behavioral economics to help organizations take as much bias out of risk decisions as possible

The most interesting feature of bias is this: although we recognize bias exists, we often believe we can make rational business decisions without allowing our own biases to impact the decision-making process.  Yet biases often impact us subconsciously, even as we believe we are completely rational. 

Even where debiasing is a primary focus of discussion and training in a business, some processes are so innate to the industry or company, re-engineering or improvements on those processes are never even considered. 

Take budgetary practices, for example.  Even in these turbulent, non-linear times, I see businesses starting their budgeting process with current year results and an assumption that 5% of year over year growth will be approved by the Board.  Then, they ask their sales executives to create a sales budget supporting a 5% increase and ask the other executives to create their budgets supporting a reduction in costs to overcome any margin pressures they may face from suppliers or customers. 

 This budgeting process is the first step in the future year planning process, long before any consideration of accurate thinking and questioning around the market or strategies to attract more customers or keep customers happy.  That is if the perspective of the customer relationship is even considered at all. 

While some more forward thinking organizations do take the first budget and update it based on strategies for growth and investment...their decisions are based first on a bias for maximizing or maintaining short term shareholder value...instead of long term, sustained profitable growth. 

And because budgeting has always been done this way, no one questions the tactic...A deadly mindset in non-linear, turbulent times.

Learning How to Avoid Bias in Decision Making is Urgently Important

McKinsey & Associates interviewed nearly 800 board persons and chairman and found respondents ranked “reducing decision bias” as the number one focus for improving performance. The reason is simple.  Bias can cost companies a lot of money.

In today’s turbulent business environment, bias toward the old way of doing things...whether in hiring (for example, a bias toward hiring only those with college degrees) or using business models created for linear business environments or focusing on cutting costs to maximize profits or focusing on shareholder value instead of customer value...can actually sink a company’s profits and ultimately destroy their business.

When companies seek to take sharp, strategic action against bias, the results of these actions can be quite substantial.   In fact, biases do not only impact decision making...they impact the way we process information and construct strategies as well.  Biases are vast in their origin and impact, and show up in our conscious and unconscious minds.  Thus, awareness alone cannot overcome all bias in our judgments.

A Systematic Approach to DeBiasing in Organizations

As we’ve seen, debiasing in decision making, strategic action, and day to day processes within an organization is necessary in creating impactful change in the sustained profitability in a corporation in these nonlinear times. 

Organizations can take advantage of training to help identify debiasing and to teach their employees how to address conscious and unconscious bias.  However, many innate biases require more than training in order to be dislodged. 

Organizations must take debiasing beyond training and create new methods of identifying issues within their organization, creating alternative options for resolving such issues, and a systematic, unbiased approach to decision making.

As stated in the McKinsey article, “A systematic approach also requires a cultural change within the organization—one that creates demand for debiasing measures and adherence to them.”

The free resources I will share on this blog over the next several weeks will help you identify bias in your organization and begin to create a culture of debiasing in action.  My paid programs go much deeper, allowing CEOs and their corporate leaders to discover precise strategies, tools, and techniques to change their corporate culture, away from bias and towards modern systematic approaches to strategy and decision making for sustained profitable growth in turbulent times.  

Before we move forward, I invite you to delve deeper into the logic of debiasing as documented in this excellent McKinsey article, “The Business Logic for Debiasing”  by Tobias Baer, Sven Heiligtag, and Hamid Samandari and published by McKinsey & Associates in 2017.

Click here for the article.

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