The Same is Not Strategic

March 13, 2019

How often do you find your company doing the same things in the same ways as your competitors? Many managers are trapped in this loop of operational effectiveness: doing the same activities in the same tactical ways as others. A study of 200 companies found that 93 percent of the top 20 percent of performers have a strong form of…

Strategic Thinking Can Kill Bad Meetings

March 7, 2019

A company’s annual conference, whether it be for marketing, sales, or a new product launch, is an amazing opportunity to create real dialogue on key business issues across the organization. Unfortunately, the majority of these meetings are 80 percent presentation and 20 percent conversation. The dog and pony show meetings have to go. While it may seem like a good…

Strategic Thinking for Executive Management Teams

March 5, 2019

“One-third to one-half of new chief executives fail within their first 18 months.” —Harvard Business Review  A popular mantra today is “fail fast and fail often.” If you follow this practice as a senior leader, research shows you will soon be an unemployed senior leader. As Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said, “What’s the worst advice you see or hear given…

Defeating Internal Dysfunction

February 19, 2019

Many leaders spend countless hours worrying about the competition and reacting to their every move. However, a survey of senior executives showed that their biggest barrier to continued profitable growth is internal dysfunction. In this brief video, I’ll share three techniques for helping your team overcome these challenges using strategic thinking, strategic planning and strategic leadership.

Super Bowl Strategy

February 5, 2019

Super Bowl 53 (or LIII for those who still speak fluent Latin) will be remembered as a defensive battle that yielded the fewest total points in Super Bowl history. While the New England Patriots were slight favorites, the Los Angeles Rams boasted a high-octane offense which averaged 32.9 points per game. Unfortunately, they ran into the NFL’s best strategist in…

Do You Have an Invisible Plan?

February 1, 2019

In the novel by H.G. Wells entitled, The Invisible Man, a scientist by the name of Griffin works on a process to become invisible by changing the body so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light. Interestingly, the same phenomenon occurs when a leader does not have a plan. The leader neither absorbsinsights about the business nor reflectson the business…

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 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.

Using Strategy Skills to Move off the Tactical Path

January 25, 2018

Nothing is more frustrating than working for a group that is constantly buried in the tactical weeds of the business. When fire drills, unproductive meetings and a too many priorities are overwhelming your team, you can take a few simple steps to act more strategically. Watch this video narrated by Rich Horwath, CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute, to find…