What’s your strategy for 2015?

In its simplest form, strategy is a bridge for getting from where you are today to where you want to go. Whether in business or in your personal life, strategy is how you plan to get from your current position to your desired goals. A bridge provides passage over a gap—something that’s missing. For many … Continue reading What’s your strategy for 2015?

The Joy of Strategy

“The truth is all of us attain the greatest success and happiness possible in this life whenever we use our native capacities to their greatest extent.” Dr. Smiley Blanton, American Psychologist Ever notice how strategy in many organizations is like a birthday: They both happen once a year, they receive less fanfare as the years pass … Continue reading The Joy of Strategy

Zombies in the Conference Room

When you get around to your annual strategic planning process, do you feel like one of the extras in a zombie-apocalypse movie? Looking around the room, you notice the enthusiasm being sucked out of the group. A half-hearted SWOT analysis reveals a too-long laundry list of exactly what the group already knew and nobody actually … Continue reading Zombies in the Conference Room

The 1,000-Foot View

The “30,000 foot view” of the business is a common phrase used to describe getting to a high enough level to see the big picture. The next time you’re in a commercial airplane and cruising around 30,000 feet, take a look out the window and note what you see—some clouds, large swaths of land, maybe … Continue reading The 1,000-Foot View

Stop Firefighting and Start Leading

One of the most destructive habits in business is the fire drill. You know the scene: Frank the fireman fires off an email alarming the group to an urgent issue about a new competitor activity, anxious customer request or the next internal flavor-of-the-month initiative. This sets off a chain reaction of emails, teleconferences and meetings … Continue reading Stop Firefighting and Start Leading