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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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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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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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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 Abandonment

Please release me, let me go… A situation that often arises in strategic planning is that a select group gets together and comes up with a bunch – hopefully – of good – hopefully – ideas to help meet corporate … 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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