Simplify With Strategic Thinking

November 30, 2016

“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 idea of simplifying through planning…

The Deep Dive Strategic Thinking Framework

June 21, 2016

Only 23 percent of executives are strong at strategic thinking. Why? It’s difficult to become skilled at something if you don’t have a framework and the tools with which to practice. If a golfer only had a putter and 6-iron in her bag and lacked a swing framework,  she’s going to be much less effective than the golfer with strong…

How to Span the Silos in Your Company

May 19, 2016

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. Silos can destroy a company’s…

Strategic Planning Best Practices

May 10, 2016

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.

Innovative Thinking for Real-World Results

May 2, 2016

“To not innovate is to die,” remarked Apple CEO Tim Cook. At first blush, that sounds a little melodramatic. After all, many companies don’t do a whole lot of innovating and they’re doing just fine. Fine is one of those words that’s supposed to have a positive connotation, but more often than not, carries with it an underlying sense of…

Injecting Strategy into Your Plan

March 4, 2016

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 that aren’t actually used to…

Feed Your Business

February 4, 2016

For those of you with pets, here’s an experiment. Try feeding them just once this year. Before you call PETA, hear me out. Our yellow lab “Breeze” moves into the kitchen around dinner time and lays her head down, perfectly portraying the pity of a dog needing her food. And each night right around 6 p.m., she gets her food….

New Year, New Results?

January 5, 2016

The first month of the year brings with it cold weather and a clean slate. Anything’s possible, and the sky is the limit. Or is it? For many people, the sky isn’t the limit. Their mind is the limit. The boundaries of their perception of what’s possible shrink back to the constricted thoughts of what they did last year and…