Simplify With Strategic Thinking

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains.” Steve Jobs, Co-founder, Apple To simplify a business, one must first think and plan. However, for many people, the … Continue reading Simplify With Strategic Thinking

Are You Getting Better?

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 … Continue reading Are You Getting Better?

Zombies in the Conference Room

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 … Continue reading Zombies in the Conference Room

Strategy’s Dirty Secret

When is the last time you said no to an internal request? If you can’t recall, there’s a good chance you’re a tactical order-taker. Being a tactical order-taker is fine if you’re working the drive-through window at a fast food restaurant, but not so good if you’re leading an organization. The dirty secret about being … Continue reading Strategy’s Dirty Secret