Simplify With Strategic Thinking

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs, Co-founder, Apple To simplify a business, one must first think and plan. However, for many people, the … Continue reading Simplify With Strategic Thinking

How to Span the Silos in Your Company

The word silo has its roots in the Greek term siros, which means “corn pit.” From there, the word was used by Western military units for underground chambers that were used to house missiles. Later on, management consultants borrowed it as an analogy to business systems, groups or processes that worked separately from one another. … Continue reading How to Span the Silos in Your Company

Strategic Planning Best Practices

Is your strategic planning process creating real new value or is it wasting people’s time and effort? I’ve identified five phases that are common to the most effective strategy development processes.

Injecting Strategy into Your Plan

When I’m asked to help facilitate strategic planning for an organization, the first thing I do is look at their current process. But here’s the kicker: research shows that only 19% of companies have a formal process for developing strategy. Why? Because in many cases, poor strategic planning has led to burdensome processes and plans … Continue reading Injecting Strategy into Your Plan