Great leaders think evaluatively

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“Great leaders think strategically.”

So opens a March 2012 article from Forbes magazine entitled How to Develop 5 Critical Thinking Types.

The article goes on to list the five types of critical thinking that allow leaders to “strike a balance between visualizing what might or could be and

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Evaluation of marketing – grappling with the important but hard to measure outcomes

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“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” — Albert Einstein

It’s a familiar discussion in the evaluation world – the importance of getting approximate answers to important questions about what really matters, rather than being seduced into the “indicators” game where

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The Friday Funny: A surrealistic mega-analysis of redisorganization theories

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It’s a puzzling fact that one of the most costly and stressful organizational change strategies – restructuring – is virtually NEVER subjected to any serious evaluation.

The reshuffling of lines and boxes; the layoffs; the unwanted ‘domino effect’ turnover of valuable employees; the ripple effects on families; whether the intended

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How much evidence is needed for policy?

In the last few days before the Australian federal election, a curious $5million advertising campaign has been launched which claims to be advocating evidence-based policy but does nothing of the kind. .

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Learning from failures – the case of oil spills

How well have different oil companies, drilling companies, and countries learned from oil spill disasters in the past? In this video, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddox highlights the eerie similarities between the huge Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 1979 and the deja vu version happening as we speak. How well have different governments learned from oil spill failures and incorporated those learnings into regulations? Some governments have clearly learned MUCH better than others. How well have oil and drilling companies learned how to effectively manage spills like this in the absence of an existing relief well? The know-how apparently exists but isn’t being used properly – for some rather unbelievable reasons.

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