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.

Strategic Thinking Can Squash Status Quo-Lock

August 27, 2019

Is your team living Albert Einstein’s description of insanity: Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Popular adages such as “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” “Don’t rock the boat,” and “Let sleeping dogs lie,” all feed into the natural tendency to prefer the status quo. Time and again, research has proven that when individuals have the option of doing something…

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…