Category Archives: strategy execution

All Done

I have decided that this post is my last. I’m taking down my “shingle” as I wrap up my current contracting gigs over the next six months. It’s been fun. I left TELUS in late 2010 and started this blog right … Continue reading

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Minutes: hours or days?

How long should it take for minutes to be published after the meeting is over? Is this a lightweight topic? Maybe. Still… I think it may be the rule more often than not that they’re “typed up” and distributed just … Continue reading

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Failing Faster

Who doesn’t appreciate a good alliteration? The concept of “fail faster” seems to be popping up all over recently. Generally speaking, I think this is a good thing. What is missing, perhaps, is the add-on: succeed sooner. There’s really nothing new … 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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Monthly management meetings: Should it be on the agenda?

If there’s nothing to report, should it be on the agenda? I’ve written posts in the past giving what I think should be the broad categories of topics that should be covered off at monthly management meetings. Following the Balanced … Continue reading

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Agenda Participation

I’ve written posts on managing agendas. That’s all pretty fundamental. But there’s a whole other side to this. There’s a role for everyone attending the meeting to participate – not too much, not too little. I think it’s fair to say, … 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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Minutes: Who Needs ’em?

I’ve been somewhat surprised that blog posts I’ve done on agenda management have been among the mostly highly read. In a way, I shouldn’t be because if you strip all of the high-minded notions of strategy and execution, what’s left … Continue reading

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Agenda Management – Follow-up

Having designed a nice, monthly agenda that’s based on a balanced scorecard framework and is recurring (to avoid a constantly-changing grab-bag of topics): what’s the best way to bridge the gap that happens between meetings. Beyond a regular old-fashioned set … Continue reading

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Summer and Execution: Stop or Go

Most strategy execution requires the commitment of multiple people from multiple areas of an organization. Since it can be almost impossible to coordinate calendars, recurring weekly or monthly meetings are arranged. There is rarely full attendance at these meetings – … Continue reading

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