April Fools’ Strategy

In an effort to improve mankind, or at least the state of business strategy, I hereby declare April 1 Strategy Fools’ Day. We are hijacking the day of hoaxes and harmless pranks to shine a light on the well-intentioned, but misguided and misinformed attempts to create, communicate and execute strategy. So here is a condensed … Continue reading April Fools’ Strategy

Developing Strategic Thinking Habits

We are the sum of our actions. Each day, we choose to do some things and not others. Over time, the actions we continually repeat become habits. Some are productive habits and others not so much. The following strategic thinking infographic outlines how to create positive strategy habits to driver your business success.  

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?

You, Strategist

Imagine a world where there was no direction, no purpose, no thinking. A constant flow of aimless activities consumes your existence. Products and services slowly become commodities, like mass-produced parts on an assembly line. People stare blankly into their computer screens, searching for answers in a sea of PowerPoint slides and Excel spreadsheets. A seemingly … Continue reading You, Strategist

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