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…

Defeating the Dastardly Dr. Yes with Strategic Thinking

May 28, 2019

Here is a sobering thought: every half-hearted “yes” to something that’s not helping you achieve your goals is a concrete “no” to more valuable activities. Most managers practice passive disengagement, which means instead of pulling the plug on projects, activities and tactics that are no longer adding value, we continue to passively allow them to occupy our time and attention. Research…

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…

How to Practice Strategy Skills

March 20, 2019

How do you develop strategy? More important, how do you get better at developing strategy? Strategic thinking and planning skills don’t magically appear when you get promoted. They need to be practiced and honed just like any other skill. Research shows the #1 cause of business failure is bad strategy. Not being strategic is no longer an option. The good…

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…

Beware the Fire Driller

February 21, 2019

How many times per week are you and your team taken off course by a fire drill? No, not the kind you remember from school where a bell rings and students are marched outside for 20 minutes until the “all clear,” is given. I’m referring to the office fire drill where someone creates a commotion about an urgent, but unimportant…

The Meeting Menace

January 21, 2019

Strategic thinking can help you defeat the Meeting Menace. Here are three tips on holding more effective meetings with your team. For more detailed information on leading strategic meetings, check out the new business graphic novel, StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan.  

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.

When is a Strategy Not a Strategy?

January 9, 2019

Much thanks to the folks at the “In Business” magazine for publishing the article entitled, “When is a Strategy Not a Strategy?” as they referenced material from the new business graphic novel, StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan. http://inbusinessphx.com/leadership-management/when-is-a-strategy-not-a-strategy#.XDYgfy3Mx0J 

StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad

August 20, 2018

Following is an overview of the new graphic novel (superhero comic book collides with strategy text book) StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan: All over the world, strategies are dying. Thousands of businesses face bankruptcy. People’s jobs are at stake. But what is the nefarious force killing them off? And…