Aaron K. Olson

61 Added | 2 Magazines | 19 Likes | 5 Following | 18 Followers | @aaronkolson | Author of the book Leading with Strategic Thinking, adjunct faculty at Northwestern University and Chief Talent Officer at Aon plc.

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the <i>people</i> holding those jobs. Few industries, if any, will be untouched.<p>Knowledge workers will not escape. Recently, the CEO of Deutsche Bank predicted that half of its 97,000 employees could be replaced by robots. One …

Goal Setting

Being a Strategic Leader Is About Asking the Right Questions

If you asked the world’s most successful business leaders what it means to “be strategic,” how many different answers do you think you’d get? Consider this number: 115,800,000. It’s the number of unique links returned when I searched online for “strategic leadership.”<p>There’s a good reason for all …

Management

Games Can Make You a Better Strategist

Play has long infused the language of business: we talk of players, moves, end games, play books and so on. And now we hear often about the “gamification” of work—using elements of competition, feedback and point scoring to better engage employees and even track performance. Even so, actual games …

Management

Good Bosses Switch Between Two Leadership Styles

Think back to the last team project you participated in at work. How did the person running the project lead the group? Did they lead by presenting a plan and using their authority to insist that others follow along? Or did the person instead lead by explaining why a particular course of action …

Leadership

How to Make Better Decisions with Less Data

Maria, an executive in financial services, stared at another calendar invite in Outlook that would surely kill three hours of her day. Whenever a tough problem presented itself, her boss’s knee-jerk response was, “Collect more data!” Maria appreciated her boss’s analytical approach, but as the …

Management

Make Strategic Thinking Part of Your Job

It’s a common complaint among top executives: “I’m spending all my time managing trivial and tactical problems, and I don’t have time to get to the big-picture stuff.” And yet when I ask my executive clients, “If I cleared your calendar for an entire day to free you up to be ‘more strategic,’ what …

Management

How the Very Best Strategists Decide

When it comes to setting strategy, which is more effective: one great thinker or a wise crowd?<p>To find out, I turned to my ongoing Top Pricer Tournament, in which 884 people — managers, consultants, professors, students — make pricing strategy decisions for a generic business competing against other …

Management

Book Review: Leading with strategic thinking

Authors: Aaron K. Olson and B. Keith Simerson<p>Publisher: John Wiley & Sons<p>Reviewer: Alex Ryan, marketing manager, Paladone<p>While headlined with two …

Why agility pays

New research shows that the trick for companies is to combine speed with stability.<p><b>Over the past decade,</b> we’ve studied the impact of a wide range of …

Management

Book excerpt: Leading With Strategic Thinking

In <i>Leading With Strategic Thinking: Four Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change And Get Results</i>, Aaron K. Olson and B. Keith Simerson write …

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Aon One - 4th Quarter 2015

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Aaron Olson and BK Simerson are the authors of Leading with Strategic Thinking: Four Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change, and Get …

Strategic Thinking

5 Strategy Questions Every Leader Should Make Time For

Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t …

Management

Jesper Sørensen: How to Be a More Strategic Leader

A professor of organizational behavior explains why strategic thinking is key to taking an idea to the next level.<p>Insights<p>April 12, 2016<p>Written<p>A Navy …

Korn Ferry Executive Survey: Companies Struggle to Align Culture with Business Strategy

LOS ANGELES, Sep 08, 2014 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Korn Ferry KFY, -2.94% a single source of leadership and talent consulting services, today released …

Employee Engagement

How Leaders Earn Engagement and Commitment from Employees - L&D Daily Advisor

Are you struggling with securing the full engagement of your employees? In today and tomorrow’s <i>Advisor</i>, experts Aaron K. Olson and B. Keith Simerson, …

Develop Strategic Thinkers Throughout Your Organization

In study after study, strategic thinkers are found to be among the most highly effective leaders. And while there is an abundance of courses, books, articles and opinions on the process of strategic planning, the focus is typically on an isolated process that might happen once or twice per year. In …

7 Ways Great Leaders Think Differently From Everyone Else | Inc.com

Good thinkers are always in demand and are sought out for their abilities--because anything great begins with a thought, and anything worthwhile comes from a great thinker.<p>Great thinkers are successful leaders. They know how to solve problems, they know how to unleash possibilities, and they know …

Self-improvement

The 5 Skills That Shaped Visionaries Like Steve Jobs and Elon Musk

You don't have to be born a visionary -- it's a skill you can learn.<p>We've all admired such visionary leaders as Steve Jobs, Elon Musk, and Oprah Winfrey. But what, exactly, makes a visionary a visionary? Are these leaders just born that way, or have they developed insights that allow them to see …

Note-Taking

Develop Strategy For Your Business By Being Adaptable

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Business Planning

What kind of strategic thinker are you?

<b>Leading with Strategic Thinking</b><p><i>By Aaron Olson and Keith Simerson</i><p><i>(Wiley, 291 pages, $36)</i><p>Much has been written about strategic planning. Much confusion persists.<p>Perhaps that is inevitable given how complicated strategic thinking is. From an academic perspective, strategic thinking is at the …

Creating Strategy and Being Strategic Aren't the Same Thing

<i>(Editor’s Note: Today’s post is an excerpt from my book, “</i><i>Essential Meeting Blueprints for Managers</i><i>.” The book is available</i> <i>on Amazon</i> <i>in hard copy and</i></i> …

Management

LEADING WITH STRATEGIC THINKING: 4 ways effective leaders gain insight, drive change & get results

How leaders earn engagement and commitment from employees

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Employee Engagement

Tips For Sustaining Overnight Success

<i>By Aaron K. Olson and B. Keith Simerson, co-authors of “Leading with Strategic Thinking: Four Ways Effective Leaders Gain Insight, Drive Change, and</i> …