Strategic Planning Best Practices

Is your strategic planning process creating real new value or is it wasting people’s time and effort? I’ve identified five phases that are common to the most effective strategy development processes.

Are Your Managers Beach Bums or Strategists?

You’ve likely noticed during your daily encounters with bosses, colleagues, direct reports, customers, suppliers, and other individuals that strategic thinking comes in varying degrees, ranging from brilliant to nonexistent. To help you refine your idea of strategic thinking, I have taken the results of research I conducted among senior managers from 154 companies and have … Continue reading Are Your Managers Beach Bums or Strategists?

The Three Roadblocks to Strategy

The business you lead is built on an idea. In the turbulent current of daily work filled with product specifications, customer projects, internal meetings and hundreds of other items, it’s easy to lose sight of the idea. The idea started in someone’s mind, maybe even yours. Over the years, the idea transformed into offerings in … Continue reading The Three Roadblocks to Strategy

Diving Deep

A recent article in Forbes Magazine by Lee Gomes said that a more effective form of innovation than disruption is to do a Deep Dive. Since this also happens to be the title of my new book on strategic thinking (Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, Focusing Your Resources and Taking Smart Action), … Continue reading Diving Deep