Strategic Thinking Can Be Scary

October 15, 2019

As the month of October welcomes cool crisp nights filled with the smell of bonfires in the air, Halloween lurks in the shadows with its cadre of creatures. In recent years, zombies have amassed in quantity and popularity, securing a place for the Undead in the supernatural landscape. The zombie’s doppelgänger in the business arena is the UnStrategic. The UnStrategic…

Camp Strategy: Developing Competencies and Capabilities

July 31, 2019

Summertime brings back memories of camp. As a young boy, all my friends went to a beautiful wooded summer camp where they swam, shot arrows and frolicked. Being highly allergic to frolic, I was sent to strategy camp instead. One night around a bonfire roasting spinach and tofu on sticks, the strategist-in-training camp counselor wearing a tan short-sleeved dress shirt,…

Destroy the Multi-Taskinators!

June 12, 2019

Today, I’d like to…just a second…I need to check email on my phone…almost done…now, where was I? Oh, yes, I was saying that…hold on…just got a text…typing my reply now…adding the bitmoji…hitting send. OK, where were we? While multitasking may not seem this abrupt and annoying in daily interactions, make no mistake…it is! Studies show people check their smart phones, on…

Delegation through Strategic Thinking

June 6, 2019

How many managers in your organization are wasting their time and talent performing tasks that they should be delegating? Research shows a startling 41 percent of activities managers are working on are actually items that could and should be performed by the people that report to them. While it may feel good to roll up the sleeves and knock out…

Are Silos Destroying Your Business?

April 9, 2019

The word ‘silo’ has its roots in the Greek term ‘siros,’ which means ‘corn pit.’ Later, the word ‘silo’ was used by Western military units to describe underground chambers that were used to house missiles. Now, managers use the term ‘silo’ as an analogy for business systems, groups, or processes that work separately from one another.  Silos can destroy a…

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.