No Plan = No Clue

February 26, 2019

A professional football coach has a thorough and detailed game plan each week. Heck, I know Pee Wee football coaches who watch hours of video and have comprehensive game plans for their team’s nine-year old opponents every Saturday. A professional pilot would never operate a plane without a flight plan. Professional tennis player Roger Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam Tennis champion, had this to say about the importance of…

Can StrategyMan Save Your Plan?

January 15, 2019

Video: StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad book trailer. See what can be learned when a strategy textbook and superhero comic book collide.

Do You Have New Direction for the New Year?

January 10, 2019

“Clarity of direction, which includes describing what we are going after as well as describing what we will not be going after, is exceedingly important at the late stage of a strategic transformation.” Andrew Grove, former CEO, Intel Think back to when you were a kid. Can you recall a time when you got lost? Maybe it was at the…

Turn Down the Noise and Turn Up Your Strategy

July 23, 2018

“There is more noise in the world than change.” Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Picture the scene: a group of executives is at an off-site meeting to discuss the company’s strategic direction. They begin with a review of the market, including patterns, trends and influential factors. Before long, the conversation is pulling them like a riptide, further and further out into…

Does Your Company Collaborate or Will it Disintegrate?

June 4, 2018

The colossal collapse of Sony in portable music and Nokia in mobile phones was directly caused by their failure to collaborate internally. Do you understand the goals and strategies of your colleagues in other functional areas? In this 4-minute video, Rich provides three practical principles to help your team strategically collaborate with one another.

Five Steps to Sculpting Your Strategy

November 21, 2017

Based on research on the strategy development process of more than 75 best-in-class organizations, Rich Horwath shares the five phases that comprise strategy development. Too often, organizations embark on “strategic planning” but fail to do any new thinking to generate the strategic insights that can lead to new value for customers. Missing any one of the five steps can lead…

Take a Deep Dive Into Your Business

July 11, 2017

For many organizations, strategy has become an annual event with little relation to a manager’s daily work. This video provides a concise strategic thinking framework to help all business people improve their performance.

The Deep Dive Strategic Thinking Framework

June 7, 2017

According to four separate studies on leadership, the #1 most valued skill in leaders today is strategic thinking. But only 3 out of every 10 managers is strategic. Learn how to make strategy a part of each day by using the Deep Dive Strategic Thinking Framework.  

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…

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…