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…

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.

Do You Have New Direction for the New Year?

January 10, 2019

“Clarity of direction, which includes describing what we are going after as well as describing what we will not be going after, is exceedingly important at the late stage of a strategic transformation.” Andrew Grove, former CEO, Intel Think back to when you were a kid. Can you recall a time when you got lost? Maybe it was at the…

Does Your Company Collaborate or Will it Disintegrate?

June 4, 2018

The colossal collapse of Sony in portable music and Nokia in mobile phones was directly caused by their failure to collaborate internally. Do you understand the goals and strategies of your colleagues in other functional areas? In this 4-minute video, Rich provides three practical principles to help your team strategically collaborate with one another.

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…

Take a Deep Dive Into Your Business

July 11, 2017

For many organizations, strategy has become an annual event with little relation to a manager’s daily work. This video provides a concise strategic thinking framework to help all business people improve their performance.

The Deep Dive Strategic Thinking Framework

June 21, 2016

Only 23 percent of executives are strong at strategic thinking. Why? It’s difficult to become skilled at something if you don’t have a framework and the tools with which to practice. If a golfer only had a putter and 6-iron in her bag and lacked a swing framework,  she’s going to be much less effective than the golfer with strong…

Feed Your Business

February 4, 2016

For those of you with pets, here’s an experiment. Try feeding them just once this year. Before you call PETA, hear me out. Our yellow lab “Breeze” moves into the kitchen around dinner time and lays her head down, perfectly portraying the pity of a dog needing her food. And each night right around 6 p.m., she gets her food….

Key Reasons Why Strategies Fail

November 23, 2015

Rich shares the secrets of why strategies fail and what you can do to prevent them