Giving back is built into our business model, so each year we pick a theme and focus our time and resources around it. We call this intentional philanthropic approach our 4.5% promise.
As we began the 4.5% promise two years ago, we saw an opportunity to put action to our belief that we are all responsible for making the world a better place. The “we” means each of us as organizations, individuals, and collectively as citizens of the world.
You’ve probably heard the hackneyed advice for career advancement: “It’s who you know, not what you know.” But how do you know who you should get to know? Figuring out who you should cultivate relationships with when time and energy is limited isn’t always straightforward.
There is no doubt that team dynamics drive strategic performance. Properly aligning various competencies to match a current strategic challenge can mean the difference between success and failure. However, what truly makes an effective team extends far beyond skillset. When it comes to team composition, Artemis Connection believes: diversity matters.
At the turn of the century, organizational science expert Margaret Wheatley observed the basic human impulse behind organizing: “to accomplish something important that we could not accomplish alone.” When it comes to executing strategy, teams exist for just that reason. However, aligning teams around a shared vision represents one of the most difficult organizational challenges in modern times. Why? Teams drive effective strategy.
The mid-market represents a powerful economic segment in our economy. Larger than your local mom-and-pop shop but smaller than a publicly-owned corporation, companies in the mid-market range from manufacturers of critical parts to service providers in B2B markets. Strategy in a segment as broadly defined as the mid-market therefore poses different challenges for senior management.