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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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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Using the Simplified Strategic Planning Model in a Multi-Divisional Company

Compass Points Talks to: Tapemark President, Bob Klas, Jr., and CEO, Jim Burmeister Note:  This article was originally published in Compass Points in April 1999. TAPEMARK, located in West St. Paul, Minnesota, began operations in 1952 as a producer of custom printed, self wound adhesive tape. Using its technical expertise in developing automated processes to manufacture adhesive […]

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The Strategy of Succession Planning – Part Four

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 discussed Strategy for Succession Planning.  Part Three covered Succession Planning Pitfalls and Succession Planning Benefits.  Part Four, […]

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The Strategy of Succession Planning – Part Three

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 discussed Strategy for Succession Planning.  Part Three will cover Succession Planning Pitfalls and Succession Planning Benefits. […]

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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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