Strategy Demands Differentiation

November 19, 2019

One of the reasons so many organizations are struggling is because their offerings are not differentiated from the competition. The act of strategic thinking and strategic planning can help your team explore how to create differentiated value for customers to pave the way for profitable growth and competitive advantage.

The Strategy Off-Site Meeting

November 14, 2019

It’s ironic that business strategy is designed to clarify a group’s direction, but the meetings to discuss it can often be muddied, disjointed, and result in greater confusion. One study showed that 80 percent of senior executives’ meeting time is spent on issues that account for less than 20 percent of the company’s long-term value. Another survey showed that 88…

Deconstructing Frankenstrategy

October 31, 2019

As the cool, white fog covers the ground on Halloween, beware the creatures lurking in the shadows of your company’s hallways. Nestled amongst the darkened offices is a single light, perhaps a candlelight, continuing to burn deep into the night. And there in that laboratory of an office, rising from the PowerPoint slides of Hell comes a creature pieced together…

Plan-tober

October 24, 2019

1. The plan is updated with new insights throughout the year to remain relevant. 2. The plan clearly identifies a limited number of priorities so we have extreme focus and are not spreading our resources too thin. 3. The plan drives my daily activities. 4. The plan is a concise summary of the factors that will make or break the…

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…

Beware the Business Modelectomytes!

October 9, 2019

At the core of a company is the business model. While the business model receives the white-hot spotlight of attention during a company’s start-up phase, it is typically ignored once the organization is launched. Attention turns to products, sales and budgets, with little ongoing regard for the heart of the company. Does your team find itself battling Business Model Innovation competitors primarily…

Extinguishing Your Team’s Fire Drills

September 6, 2019

A fire drill occurs when people stop purposeful work guided by their plan and react to an urgent but less important issue. In the following video excerpt from the StrategyMan Learning System (based on the new book), see how the Anti-Strategy Squad villain Fire Driller attempts to destroy Technobody’s business with a reactionary fire drill. If your team is seduced…

Watch Out For the Meeting Menace!

August 28, 2019

Bad meetings are a sign of a lack of strategic thinking. Since managers spend approximately 40% of their time in meetings, we may as well make them more productive. In this video excerpt from the Strategyman Learning System, StrategyMan and the managers of Technobody battle the Meeting Menace.

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,…

Reprogramming Your SWOT Analysis

July 18, 2019

SWOT Analysis is still the most commonly used strategic planning tool in the world and unfortunately, one of the most misused. A good SWOT Analysis can be sabotaged by the Anti-Strategy Squad if you don’t follow some simple guidelines: 1. Laundry List: SWOT is not designed to be a catch-all for everything that’s happening in your business so ditch the…