Category Archives: balanced scorecard

Small Non-Profits – Is a Balanced Scorecard Overkill?

It’s probably true that all organizations – big and tiny – go through what they consider a strategic review on a periodic basis. The process for this may be tight, it may be loose, but generally the people involved come … Continue reading

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Where is this project taking us?

It’s interesting to see projects that, although are intended to be initiated out of some kind of strategic planning exercise, are often almost pop-up items. Someone raises an opportunity that’s just too juicy to pass by; or, a senior person in the … Continue reading

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Engagement – again?

I’m getting tired of reading articles proudly exclaiming the importance of engagement (emotional involvement or commitment, Merriam-Webster). Don’t get me wrong – I’m all for it. But let’s stop with the intellectual tourism and get on with it. Part of the … Continue reading

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A Raise for the CEO?

You might have read this: the CEO of JPMorgan, Jamie Dimon, is going to be compensated $20 million in 2013, a 74 per cent raise. It was, as the New York Times wrote, a year in which the bank narrowly … Continue reading

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The Start of Another Year

So. Another year. If, by chance, you haven’t already established your strategic plan for 2013, now’s a good time to jump in and get it done before you’re completely swamped with day-to-day activities.

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Benchmarking – good or bad?

Many organizations pay some degree of lip service to benchmarking but there’s often a kind of half-hearted approach to it. Either it’s seen as an important-but-not-urgent activity or there are a million reasons why the internal and external numbers can’t … Continue reading

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Performance Reward: Tactical or Strategic?

There is ever-so-much chatter about the relative pros and cons of performance bonuses and whether alternate forms of recognition are better. I think the answer lies in whether performance – be it organizational or individual – is treated as a … Continue reading

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Pay for [What] Performance

The last few years have seen a great deal of interest and scrutiny in compensation. While focused mainly on executive compensation, it has also zeroed in on pay-for-performance more generally as it becomes a more commonly practiced approach. In many … Continue reading

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Metrics – Fundamental and Strategic

A lot of time is spent debating metrics. Which is best? Which is most strategic? How many should there be?  To a large degree, the debating itself takes away from the getting-on-with-it. Many of the arguments are legitimate, but when … Continue reading

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Monthly Meetings – Agenda Management

Now that January is over and the rest of the year is kicking in, it’s worthwhile taking a moment to think about how you stay on top of strategy execution along with regular operations. Call for agenda items A common … Continue reading

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