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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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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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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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Aligning Departments with Strategy – Part Two

Note:  This post is the second 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.  This part discusses the affect of the Operations, Sales, Human Resources and […]

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Strategic Alignment – Part One

Note:  This post is the first in a series of posts from Robert Bradford’s article Strategic Alignment originally posted in Compass Points in November 2002.  Part One introduces the topic and discusses the affect that the Purchasing and Accounting departments have on strategy. Over the years, several companies have asked me how I would go about getting departments […]

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Big Strategy

Every so often, someone will refer to something we’re talking about in the strategic planning process and say “That doesn’t seem very strategic”.  What does this mean? In business strategy, we should be examining the big questions – What do we do?  For whom do we do it?  and How do we beat or avoid […]

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