Strategy Planning Is Messy

“Strategy planning is messy” declared one CEO as a team member expressed a desire for a more linear approach.  The team member was frustrated, because he couldn’t see the end game. The CEO went on to say, “It’s okay that it is messy.  We have to consider many alternatives and new information before we funnel […]

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Make Strategic Planning Happen

What will make strategic planning happen and keep people from getting mired in non-strategic activities?  Even at the top of organizations, strategic planning seems to take a back seat.  Like any other critical management activity, companies must do strategic planning routinely and not postpone it.  Today, I’d like to look at how to make strategic […]

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Changing Threats to Opportunities

Changing Threats to Opportunities can Lead to Game-Changing Innovation In strategic planning, we consider opportunities, and scary things, like threats.  Some of the best innovations come from changing threats to opportunities.  Game-changing innovation that transforms an industry and stimies the competition can come from serious threats. Examples of changing threats to opportunities First, one client, […]

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Why is Commitment Crucial to Strategy?

Why is commitment crucial and how does an organization get and keep it? Commitment means that senior management and key personnel throughout the company buy-in to driving the company forward to reach its  objectives.  Therefore, they have committed to the success of the company. Furthermore, they execute the strategies of the organization as effectively as […]

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The Fear of Being Different

Being different is one of the keys to profitability, however, it is also one of the most feared strategies. Clearly, there are very few success stories about companies that behaved just like their competitors.  This may be because managers feel unusually vulnerable when considering a strategy that builds true distinction for their brand.  In so […]

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Implementation Pitfalls

Implementation pitfalls are common in strategic planning. But why is this – and what can we do about it?  We’ve noticed six very common issues that have hindered execution at companies we’ve worked with, and none of them is intractable. The most common implementation pitfalls are: Overcommitment Poorly defined objectives Poorly crafted implementation plans Hidden […]

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