It's the Leaders, Stupid!

  Over the past couple weeks in this "Why is Strategy So Rare" series I have catalogued some of the excuses I have come across in working with organizations of all sizes all acro...   [more >]

Why is Strategy so Rare? ...#2

Everyone has a justification after a failure of strategy. This series reviews the common reasons, or excuses, given for this leadership breach. We will address what to do about each of them in ...   [more >]

Why is Strategy so Rare?

Operating without an effective strategy is dangerous for organizations. Allowing the organization to function without an active strategy indicates negligence on the part of the board and senior m...   [more >]

Nuance Matters

Do you need an outside consultant to do strategic planning? No, but it helps. Some believe all planning should be conducted start to finish as an inside job using only current employees...   [more >]

How to Begin Quantum Planning

Quality planning requires disciplined thinking about three or four time periods simultaneously and about the many possible connections between them. The past, the present, the immediate future and ...   [more >]

Checking off the Strategic Planning box

Having a current, comprehensive, defensible, futures-based strategic plan is a requirement for continued organizational relevance and therefore market positioning. Most organizational leaders get...   [more >]

Bait & switch

I just read a strategic plan that has my blood boiling.  You could change the organization's name and have that strategic plan apply equally well to any membership driven organization in Canadian...   [more >]

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