Developing Strategic Thinking Habits

March 12, 2015

We are the sum of our actions. Each day, we choose to do some things and not others. Over time, the actions we continually repeat become habits. Some are productive habits and others not so much. The following strategic thinking infographic outlines how to create positive strategy habits to driver your business success.  

Are You Getting Better?

March 3, 2015

As you swivel around in your next conference room meeting or multitask during this week’s conference call, see if you can spot the “Fine Wine” phenomenon. You’ll know it when a manager talks for more than sixty seconds and says exactly nothing of substance. Sure, it may have sounded important, with a few “strategics” thrown in for good measure, but…

You, Strategist

January 29, 2015

Imagine a world where there was no direction, no purpose, no thinking. A constant flow of aimless activities consumes your existence. Products and services slowly become commodities, like mass-produced parts on an assembly line. People stare blankly into their computer screens, searching for answers in a sea of PowerPoint slides and Excel spreadsheets. A seemingly endless stream of time-sucking teleconferences…

Zombies in the Conference Room

November 5, 2014

When you get around to your annual strategic planning process, do you feel like one of the extras in a zombie-apocalypse movie? Looking around the room, you notice the enthusiasm being sucked out of the group. A half-hearted SWOT analysis reveals a too-long laundry list of exactly what the group already knew and nobody actually does anything with it. Then…

The Difference Between Strategy & Tactics

May 1, 2014

The complementary nature of strategy and tactics has defined their intertwined existence. In the military realm, tactics teach the use of armed forces in engagements, while strategy teaches the use of engagements to achieve the goals of the war. Just as the term “strategy” originated with the Greeks, so too did the term “tactics.” The original meaning of “tactics” is…

The Strategic Use of Time

September 26, 2013

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg, Pulitzer-prize winning writer As one’s leadership responsibilities increase, their disposable time can decrease proportionately. More meetings, more email–seemingly more of everything that eats…

The Heart of Strategy

September 12, 2013

Let’s start with the following multiple-choice question and please select one answer: Successful business strategy is about: a. Creating differentiated value b. Being better than the competition c. Having the “right people on the bus” d. Growing the business Try asking this question at your next internal meeting. If everyone on your team picks just one answer (the correct answer), give yourself…

The “Yes” Leader is Killing You

June 4, 2013

During the past few years, many companies have made it clear to their people that they must follow the adage, “Do more with less.” Layoffs and firings have reduced many departments to skeletal staffs where fewer people are expected to accomplish the same amount of work that larger teams accomplished in the past. This may be reasonable in the public…

If Abbott & Costello Did Strategic Planning

June 1, 2012

Abbott: Well Costello, this year’s strategic plan has to be the best ever. Costello: Yes, Abbott and we’ve got to get it just right. The first thing we need to do is make sure everybody understands the key planning terms. What is a goal? Abbott: That’s exactly right: what you’re trying to achieve is the goal. Costello: I don’t think…