Defeating the Dastardly Dr. Yes with Strategic Thinking

May 28, 2019

Here is a sobering thought: every half-hearted “yes” to something that’s not helping you achieve your goals is a concrete “no” to more valuable activities. Most managers practice passive disengagement, which means instead of pulling the plug on projects, activities and tactics that are no longer adding value, we continue to passively allow them to occupy our time and attention. Research…

Time for a Leader

January 23, 2019

Too often in the waves of activity, leaders lose sight of where they are investing their most important resource–time.

The Meeting Menace

January 21, 2019

Strategic thinking can help you defeat the Meeting Menace. Here are three tips on holding more effective meetings with your team. For more detailed information on leading strategic meetings, check out the new business graphic novel, StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan.  

The Year in Strategy

December 17, 2018

“Friends congratulate me after a quarterly-earnings announcement and say, ‘Good job, great quarter,’ and I’ll say, ‘Thank you, but that quarter was baked three years ago.’ I’m working on a quarter that’ll happen in 2021 right now.”                                               …

Strategy Skill Development

May 1, 2018

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

Simplify: Part 2

January 13, 2017

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 process is that it constantly…

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…

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.

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…