Category Archives: strategic initiatives

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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Opportunities: Clarity of Purpose

Having gone through a strategic planning methodology, a group will produce a list of prioritized initiatives. Hopefully. From there, one executive champion is named. Hopefully. From there, a team gets assembled and is tasked with fleshing out the details for … Continue reading

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January Strategy To-Do List

As everyone returns from the holidays, we’re both fresh and forgetful.

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Strategic Collaboration: A Pain in the Rear?

Often organizations have a strategy to collaborate with others. Each may bring complementary components that offer value for all. It could be in terms of geography, customers, products, processes, and so on.

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Getting Comfortable with Making Estimates

It’s that time of year. You’re proposing projects for 2012 and beyond for funding and resourcing. Finance is involved. Discomfort.

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Strategy Execution: Bureaucracy versus Back-Doors

One of the points of debate that will arise as strategy development turns to strategy execution is: who will oversee it and how will we address opportunities that come up that weren’t included in the original plan. Additionally, following from … Continue reading

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Programs: A Bridge Between Strategies and Projects

I don’t know about you, but I find that once a group of middle/senior-level leaders takes a set of given strategic priorities and is tasked with execution, they start to open the floodgates with projects. On one hand, this is … Continue reading

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Multiple committees gumming up strategy execution?

One of the things that can cause the execution of strategy to get gummed up is the existence of multiple committees. They can, without malice, work at cross purposes. How does this happen?

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Can’t See The Forest For The Trees?

A classic scenario presents itself at many – most? – strategic planning exercises. You’ll likely recognize this. Once the high-level vision and mission is established, and possibly dusty, the annual set of strategic objectives are set. They may be called … Continue reading

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Strategic Initiatives: A Balanced Portfolio

Strategic initiatives should part of a balanced portfolio and be both short and long-term. You need to pay attention to immediate needs but not forgetting the vision. Continue reading

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