The Origin of Strategy

July 1, 2020

As we celebrate the Declaration of Independence on July 4th,, it can be a time to reflect on origins. While the drivers of this independence are grounded in characteristics such as courage, ambition, and spirit, strategy also played a role in the formation of our United States of America. While political and military strategy were instrumental in 1776, to understand…

What’s Your Strategic Approach?

June 16, 2020

“Business leadership, business acumen, and business strategy development—these  three areas of expertise are considered non-negotiable: they are essential for success in any C-Suite position.”  Omar Ishrak, CEO, Medtronic Being a senior executive requires you to lead, manage, and monitor many different elements of the business at the same time on a continual basis. Sometimes it can feel like an intellectual…

What CEOs Think About Strategy

May 21, 2020

In episode 4 of “Strategic Thinking for the C-Suite,” I share research I conducted with 300 CEOs to gauge their perspectives on a number of strategy topics, including how often they update strategy, the top strategy challenges they face, and the percentage of managers in their organizations that they believe are strategic. The business acumen of CEOs is often developed…

5 Steps to Better Virtual Meetings

April 30, 2020

So how are your virtual meetings going? Are they creating valuable new insights for the business or are they a series of multitasking-filled monologues? Are they productive conversations about key business issues or a rehashing of the same tactical stuff you’ve been talking about for months? Are your meetings getting better or worse? Answer these five sample questions from the Strategic…

Is It Time to Change Your Strategy?

April 24, 2020

In times like this, leaders are frequently asking the question, “Should I change my strategy?” Research by The Conference Board has shown that 70% of public companies experiencing a revenue stall drop more than half of their market capitalization. More than half of those companies experience a consistent future decline in revenue growth rate. Approximately 38 percent of these companies…

Remote Work Requires Real Strategy

April 15, 2020

For those who have transitioned from working in an office to working remotely, it quickly becomes apparent if your team lacks strategy. The symptoms of being “strategyless” include the following: -Unclear priorities requiring multiple communications to determine work -Rehashing the same issues during teleconferences with little to no progress -Missing project milestones due to lack of clear accountabilities -Fire drill…

Podcast Interview with the Productivity Guru

April 14, 2020

Check out my conversation with Productivity Guru @markstruczewski on his podcast. He’s a real pro and provides great content on getting rid of the clutter and focusing on what’s important.

Plan to Succeed

March 27, 2020

It’s in times like these that the value of a plan becomes clear. For those without a plan, recent events have created a cyclone of activity, some of which may be valuable and most of it reactionary and without a baseline on which to evaluate direction. For those with a plan, activity is proactive and measured against the plan. Are…

Crushing the Competition with Disruptive Strategy

March 12, 2020

A tsunami is a series of water waves caused by the displacement of a large volume of a body of water, such as an ocean. When a tsunami finally reaches land, it is capable of complete and utter destruction. Can the same be said for your strategy? Is it powerful enough to knock out the competition or is it a…

Is Jargon Killing Your Mission, Vision and Values?

February 26, 2020

When you consider your group’s purpose, is it clearly and compellingly reflected in mission, vision and values statements? If your purpose isn’t shaping your culture and influencing your strategies, then you have an incredible opportunity to improve your business by crafting the mission (current purpose), vision (future purpose) and values (guiding purpose). The following video is an excerpt from the…