The North Star

The North Star

The North Star takes a deep dive into the topic of strategy execution, often challenging conventional wisdom for achieving an organization’s strategic vision. The host and thought leaders from multiple fields explore concepts that include rethinking innovation, increasing enterprise agility, transitioning to the circular economy, managing enterprise risk and becoming a cognitive enterprise. Setting sights on one’s “north star” is only half the story. Decades of experience point to the headwinds organizations have faced in pursuit of their strategic vision. To that end, the North Star examines how organizations can more effectively deliver on critical business strategies in these uncertain times. The show tackles intractable challenges that many organizations have historically sidestepped, such as optimizing major program investments and untangling high risk technology deployments. While the show often points toward the road less traveled, that road that can make all the difference.

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July 22, 2021 60 min
Business architecture, while widely used, is also widely misunderstood. Many business professionals have leveraged business architecture effectively, yet some people think it’s a technical discipline and many others have no real insights into its practical application or benefits. On this week’s episode of The North Star, host William Ulrich will interview two senior business professionals from the financial services industry who w...
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Is it getting riskier to do business? According to a 2018 survey from North Carolina State and the AICPA, 92% of respondents said the volume and complexity of risks have increased over the past 5 years. In response, many companies have bolstered their Enterprise Risk Management programs and, as of 2017, 67% of large organizations employed a chief risk officer, up from 49% in 2014. But are companies focused on the right thing? Many ...
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Why do projects fail, or fall well short of their original goals? That is the topic that this episode of The North Star will explore. Jim Johnson, researcher, author, inventor, and Standish Group Chair, will join William Ulrich to share what he has learned over the past three decades on this topic. Jim is the author and researcher behind the widely quoted Chaos Report. He will share his insights into the report’s findings based on ...
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The circular economy is centered on deploying a closed loop system focused on productivity, reuse, product longevity, waste elimination and prevention, and overall sustainability. William Ulrich and his guest, Walter R. Stahel, will be discussing the rise of the circular economy and its past, present and future impact on organizations. Walter’s latest book is titled “The Circular Economy – A User’s Guide”. The episode will outline ...
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At no time in our history has it been more important for organizations to become adaptive to change. Now more than ever, organizations must be ready to deal with unpredictability, which can come from any direction. We only need to look at the recent global pandemic as one example, but whether it's financial, environmental, competition or other factors that motivate organizations, adaptability is key. In this episode of the Nort...
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June 17, 2021 60 min
Episode two of the North Star explores the future of innovation from a variety of perspectives. Guest and renowned scholar, researcher, and entrepreneur Vivek Wadhwa joins host William Ulrich to share his insights on a variety of topics linked to innovation, technology advancements and the future. The episode will explore how organizations, particularly large legacy businesses, can innovate in a world of intense competition that ca...
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Episode one of the North Star establishes the show's purpose, basic themes and range of topics to be covered. Host William Ulrich will discuss the suboptimal strategy execution track record that organizations share across the private and public sector, consider the root causes of these execution performance issues and lay the groundwork for optimizing strategy execution. He will share his experiences and lessons learned over th...
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