Delegation through Strategic Thinking

June 6, 2019

How many managers in your organization are wasting their time and talent performing tasks that they should be delegating? Research shows a startling 41 percent of activities managers are working on are actually items that could and should be performed by the people that report to them. While it may feel good to roll up the sleeves and knock out…

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…

The Same is Not Strategic

March 13, 2019

How often do you find your company doing the same things in the same ways as your competitors? Many managers are trapped in this loop of operational effectiveness: doing the same activities in the same tactical ways as others. A study of 200 companies found that 93 percent of the top 20 percent of performers have a strong form of…

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.

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…

Turn Down the Noise and Turn Up Your Strategy

July 23, 2018

“There is more noise in the world than change.” Tim Cook, CEO, Apple Picture the scene: a group of executives is at an off-site meeting to discuss the company’s strategic direction. They begin with a review of the market, including patterns, trends and influential factors. Before long, the conversation is pulling them like a riptide, further and further out into…

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…

Five Steps to Sculpting Your Strategy

November 21, 2017

Based on research on the strategy development process of more than 75 best-in-class organizations, Rich Horwath shares the five phases that comprise strategy development. Too often, organizations embark on “strategic planning” but fail to do any new thinking to generate the strategic insights that can lead to new value for customers. Missing any one of the five steps can lead…

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.