Category Archives: idea sourcing

Strategy in Summer – Are You Nuts?

So, August is a beautiful time of year in Canada and perhaps thoughts of strategy and execution are far away. Understandable. And yet we all know that often our best ideas come when we least expect it. In the shower; … Continue reading

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Open and Closed: Soliciting Ideas and Priorities

Some people like to solicit ideas from groups or individuals – employees, citizens, customers, prospects – by asking them what they’d like or want. Others first like to design something and then show people to see how they feel about it. … Continue reading

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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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It’s the Balance, Stupid

I keep hearing debates about whether organizations should focus primarily on shareholders; or customers; or processes; or people; or something else. They’re pretty animated and pretty opinionated. Which is good, I guess. I think they’re misguided. Well, put another way: … Continue reading

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Being Respectful of Previous Strategic Plans

It is always easy to engage a consultant and start a clean-sheet exercise to set a strategic plan for a particular function, line of business – or whole enterprise for that matter. One unspoken issue frequently arises that can put … Continue reading

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Getting Good Ideas: The Five Ws

There is typically no shortage of good ideas that can be generated in an organization but without a bit of structure and process, they can be problematic. People might wander off on tangents from the core purpose of the brainstorming … Continue reading

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Feedback from a Conference Session

A few days ago, I delivered an overview of the process of strategic planning and execution. It was at a professional day session at Pacific Contact, an annual conference for members of organizations in the performing arts sector, organized by … Continue reading

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Pull Yourself Together

Okay, so you’re going to be a member of a strategic planning workshop. Maybe it’s your first time. Great! Hopefully you’ll get a lot out of it by contributing and helping out your organization. How should you prepare? Should you … Continue reading

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Good ideas

Strategic planning is most successful when it allows a diverse set of inputs from as many people as possible plus research into other practices and market trends. Continue reading

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Welcome

Welcome to Outburst Performance! Let me introduce myself. I’m Darren Bond; I’ve set up this consulting and contracting practice in strategic planning and performance to bring both my business and arts experience to for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. My greatest professional … Continue reading

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