Aligning Employees with Strategy: Building Support for the Strategic Plan – Fifth Step

In this post, we are discussing how buy-in helps align employees with strategy.  Buy-in is one of the key steps in strategic alignment.  Lets review how we get strategic alignment.  There are five basic steps that you must take to assure your employees are aligned with your company’s strategies. First, employees must have the conceptual tools […]

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Aligning Employees with Strategy: Building Support for the Strategic Plan – Third and Fourth Steps

In this post, we are discussing how organizational structure helps align employees with strategy.  Organizational structure is one of the key steps in strategic alignment.  Lets review how we get strategic alignment.  There are five basic steps that you must take to assure your employees are aligned with your company’s strategies. First, employees must have […]

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Re-invigorating Strategic Initiatives – How to keep moving forward

What do you do when progress is slowing on your key strategic initiatives?  Leaving your strategic planning session, your team was motivated to get the key strategic initiatives completed.  Action plans complete, resources allocated, and everything was moving forward.  But now, after several months, forward progress has slowed.  Team members have gotten bogged down by […]

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Aligning Employees with Strategy: Building Support for the Strategic Plan – First and Second Steps

In this series, we are discussing aligning employees with strategy.  Lets review how we get this alignment.  There are five basic steps that you must take to assure your employees are aligned with your company’s strategies. First, employees must have the conceptual tools required for good strategic thinking about their work. Second, employees must understand […]

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Execution makes all the difference in strategic planning

Execution failure is the most frequent cause of strategy failure.  Good execution makes all the difference in the strategic planning process.  This article will show you the key to good execution. Near the completion of the strategic planning process, we select objectives SMART objectives must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, with Results stated in a Timely […]

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Building Support for the Strategic Plan: Aligning Employees with Strategy – Introduction

One of the most common difficulties companies face in strategic planning is turning their vision into a reality. To transform your organization into the one you envision takes more than great strategy and implementation, you also need to make the strategy an integral part of the very fiber of your organization. When we speak of […]

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Do you think competitive business strategy doesn’t apply to your non-profit? Think again.

Many – MANY times, when teaching Simplified Strategic Planning seminar, there will be attendees from non-profits.  Many of them enjoy the seminar, take the tools from the workbook, and use them productively.  Often they don’t think competitve business strategy applies to their non-profit and will comment that “this material is more suited to a business”. […]

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Technology and Labor Trends – Can this Combination Generate Opportunities for Your Business?

Technology and labor trends -Is your company seeing these trends? Many experienced workers are retiring from the workforce, often taking critical knowledge with them. Hiring difficulty: especially among the skilled trades. Well, your customers also face these trends – how can you help?  Can you design products/services that will help alleviate these issues for your […]

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Aligning Departments with Strategy – Part Three

Note:  This post is the final in a series of posts from Robert Bradford’s article Aligning Departments with Strategy originally posted in Compass Points in November 2002.  Part One (click here) introduced the topic and discussed the affect that the Purchasing and Accounting departments have on strategy.  Part Two (click here) discussed the affect of the Operations, Sales, Human Resources […]

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