Strategic Thinking in the Age of LinkedIn

LinkedIn founder and triple billionaire Reid Hoffman has two endearing mannerisms that reveal the way he sees–and reasons with–the strategic environment. First, he peppers his statements with the word so.  Almost a verbal tic that would grate on a speaking coach like the overuse of the dreaded uh … but he uses it more like therefore.  That […]

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Develop Your Strategic Intuition

The best decision-makers in chaotic “fog of war” conditions seem able to call on intuition – knowing what to do without knowing why or how they know.

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Moneyball and the Work of the Chief Strategy Officer

Moneyball and the Work of the Strategist Paul DePodesta was recently named the Chief Strategy Officer by the Cleveland Browns of the National Football League.  This is significant because, as any fan of Moneyball knows, Mr. DePodesta has spent his career in the sport of baseball, not football. This matters to the community of strategic thinkers because it […]

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50 Tips and Tools for Effective Strategic Thinking

To engage in strategic thought, you must think and reflect on the big picture—on the diverse players and forces in your competitive environment. Anticipate the future. Use your right brain for intuition and wisdom, your left for planning. As Isaac Newton said “truth is the offspring of silence and meditation.” Here are 50 tips and tools for […]

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My Concern About the Use of Strategic Planning “Templates”

It seems that the use of “templates” in strategic planning is on the rise.  People want a simple and straightforward way to get the Strategic Plan written and finished.  They want a “roadmap” that applies to every organization with everyone all the time and everywhere. I’m seeing them mentioned more often lately for strategic planning, […]

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