Strategy Skill Development

What is the most important skill for senior leaders to develop? According to 400 talent management executives, it’s strategic thinking.

Simplify: Part 2

Process. Similar to Goldilocks’ dilemma of finding a bowl of porridge that was just right, process can be either too much or not enough. On the too much side, I’ve seen some organizations conduct their brand planning processes for 4-6 months each year, with multi-day presentations as a grand finale. The challenge with too much … Continue reading Simplify: Part 2

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

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.

New Year, New Results?

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 … Continue reading New Year, New Results?

Reacting Vs. Thinking

How many times have you found yourself in a needless meeting because someone overreacted to an urgent, but unimportant issue? My study with more than six-hundred talent development professionals found that the number one strategy challenge they see in their companies is being tactical and reactive. Here are a few techniques to move from reactive … Continue reading Reacting Vs. Thinking