Tag 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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Boards, Strategy, Agenda

An interesting article this month in McKinsey Quarterly, “High-performing boards: What’s on their agenda?” The premise is that Directors report that they have a greater impact as they move beyond the basics. This rather goes without saying (no shit, Sherlock), … Continue reading

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Whatever… However…

I think we’re all familiar with teenagers who roll their eyes and say “whatever…” when they think you’ve said something totally irrelevant. In the grown-up world much the same thing happens, but it might better be spoken as “however…” Let … Continue reading

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Betwixt and Between: Q3

Poor third quarter: two-thirds of it is trying to get people to pay attention. July and August are hard enough to get three people to a meeting let alone hold a reflective review of the organization’s strategy execution. No matter. … Continue reading

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Budgets: One Quarter Down – Three To Go

Now that we’ve gone past March 31st, which is the end of the first quarter for most organizations, it’s a good time to sit back, take a breath, and think about how the year-to-date tracking is reflecting on your strategy … Continue reading

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