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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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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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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