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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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How Engaged are You as a Leader?

By M. Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant Many people, including yours truly, have written extensively on the value of increasing employee engagement.  There are many good reasons to do so.  Included are: Better attitudes, better involvement in the success of the company or organization, higher productivity, better quality, lower scrap or rejects, better profitability, higher levels […]

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Who Are You? Win with Stories

By Thomas E. Ambler, Senior Consultant This article was previously published in Compass Points September 2007 What stories do you find yourself repeatedly telling people inside and outside your walls to illustrate “who you are” and what values are key to your organization’s success? Why do you do that? I’ll tell you why. You recognize […]

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Customer Loyalty — Is it Your Company’s Priority?

By M. Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant This article was previously published in Compass Points in November 2007 Most companies advertise their loyalty to their customers, but how many really are as loyal as they profess to be? What specific actions have they committed to which will build true customer loyalty? How is customer loyalty really measured? Where […]

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Are you frustrated by the lack of results in your strategic planning efforts?

We are interested in your thoughts: Why doesn’t your strategic planning process work? – please take our confidential survey by clicking on: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9RHF6PS Many CEOs would like to make their strategic planning process more effective – what areas would you like to enhance? Are you frustrated by the laundry lists without priorities? How do you decide […]

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Etsy: Can a company outgrow its Niche?

by Margaret Lawrence Etsy is often described as the “world’s largest flea market”. Since its beginnings in 2005, the company has created a vibrant on-line community of buyers and sellers of “handmade” and vintage items as well as craft supplies, it’s the online home for hobbyists who want to operate on a small scale. Etsy’s […]

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Strategy: Turning Trash into Treasure

By Denise Harrison, Executive Vice President and COO Discussions concerning waste disposal and environmental impact are showing up more frequently during strategic plan development. With disposal costs and environmental regulations increasing, companies are finding creative ways to deal with their waste. Here is one example. Cheese Brine Cheese production in Wisconsin is big business; – […]

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