New Whitepaper: Don’t Stop at Strategy

At Khorus, software is a big part of what we do. But no app can instantly transform your business on its own. Organizational change is notoriously hard, and that’s why we not only offer extensive hands-on services and support to our customers—we also … Read More

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The Basics of an Effective Employee Compensation Plan

Every manager worries about whether their top performers are happy with their jobs. It’s an understandable concern when reports find that about 71 percent of US employees are actively looking for their next opportunity. The first solution that occurs to many managers … Read More

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The 4 Levels of Employee Motivation

What motivates the employees at your organization to do their best work? Are they working just for a paycheck, or do they feel that they are making a positive impact in the organization—and on its customers? Over the past few … Read More

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It’s Okay to Say No at Work

Imagine you have a new marketer at your company. Up and running for a few weeks now, Sarah has impressed her peers and senior employees with her insight and work ethic. This morning, she’s got several requests in her inbox: from … Read More

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14 Inspirational Quotes on Strategy Execution

Arguably the biggest challenge facing any executive (especially those with a strong strategic orientation) is execution. Most of us are terrible at it, yet your company’s success rests on its ability to actually implement strategy. To get you revved up for the execution process, … Read More

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A Goal Setting Framework for CEOs

If I’m sitting with a new CEO and I ask about the goals he’s going to set for his company next year, the response is usually something about revenue or profit. “Is that it?” I usually ask. “What about non-financial … Read More

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How to Align Goals Throughout Your Organization

If you’ve been in the business world for any length of time, you understand the concept of cascading goals. First, the CEO sets goals for the company. Then the executive team uses those goals as the basis for creating their … Read More

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MBO 2.0: Making Management by Objectives Work for Today

Since its heyday in the 1960s and ’70s, management by objectives (MBO) has declined in popularity—and hipness. First Balanced Scorecard came along in the 1990s, presenting itself as a more sophisticated approach to corporate performance management. Now, we’re seeing the … Read More

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7 Old Timey Quotes About Running a Business That Still Apply Today

The American business magnates of the nineteenth century—the so-called robber barons—were fond of grand pronouncements. Some of their famous quotes sound like the words of exploitative tycoons, like the time railroad developer Jay Gould (b. 1836) supposedly claimed he could … Read More

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How to Overcome Organizational Friction

In his classic text On War, first published in 1832, the Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz explores the complexities of large-scale military engagements. The book spends a whole chapter on the concept of “friction”—the accumulated difficulties of the battlefield that, as Clausewitz … Read More

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