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The Strategy of Succession Planning – Part Two

By M. Dana Baldwin Note:  This post is part of a series of posts from Dana Baldwin’s article The Strategy of Succesion Planning originally posted in Compass Points in January 2000.  Part One introduced the topic and discussed the Succesion Planning Process.  Part Two will discuss Strategy for Succession Planning. Strategy for Succession Planning First, realize that one size […]

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Are You Preventing Your Company from Growing? How You and Your Leadership Team Could Be Causing Bottlenecks

By Denise Harrison One CEO complained that his financial person was preventing his company from growing.  How was that possible?  Over the years when issues arose, the financial person would develop a system of checks and balances that would prevent the issue from occurring again.  While conceptually it is good to have policies and procedures […]

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Improve Morale — Increase Motivation! Part One

By Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant, CSSP, Inc. Note:  This article is part of a series taken from Dana Baldwin’s article Improve Morale-Increase Motivation originally published in Compass Points in January 2003.  Although this article was written in 2003, these tips are timeless. During these tough economic times, with all the bad news hitting the headlines, […]

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The Power of “Both…And” Thinking

Thomas E. Ambler, Senior Consultant, Center for Simplified Strategic Planning, Inc. Note: This article was previously published in Compass Points in February 2006 In a previous article I dealt with the strategic impact of the “Golden Rule” approach to business. Here I want to consider an important facet of the “Golden Rule” approach, the power of […]

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Focus

By M. Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant Note: This article was previously published in Compass Points March 2006. Why is focus so important to success in our businesses? We’ve all heard of the person who wanted to clean off his desk, and couldn’t imagine why it wasn’t done by the end of the day. When he began […]

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Strategic Planning: Are Your Decisions Based on Facts or Opinions?

By Denise Harrison, Senior Consultant Many people return from a strategic planning retreat frustrated, often asking: Were we really concentrating on what is important or were we focusing on what was “top of mind”?  Did we make the right decisions or were we swayed by the most persuasive person? A Better Way to Make Decisions: […]

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