7 Key Activities for a Strategic Planning Facilitator

As the strategy leader, you have seven activities to which I recommend you pay close attention to build a strong strategy that has full buy-in and commitment. Gain your team’s commitment and buy-in to the process If your leadership team members are like most with whom I have worked, they are stretched for resources and […]

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Emily Dickinson on Strategic Thinking

THE BRAIN is wider than the sky, For, put them side by side, The one the other will include With ease, and you beside. Emily Dickinson’s greatest accomplishment, I think, is that she taught us to wonder. In Part One of her series called Life, the poet has us thinking about the vastness of our […]

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The Drivers Model: The Secret to Facilitating Strategy

Leadership Strategies has developed the Drivers Model, a method for taking a strategic approach to addressing a business situation.  The model provides a simple communication tool for helping organizations construct a strategic plan.  The model is fully scalable and applies to Fortune 500 companies, non-profit organizations, a field office, an individual department, a work team, […]

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5 Essential Books for Strategic Thinkers

Good Strategy Bad Strategy This fresh approach to strategic thinking begins with tales of battles at sea in the days of Napoleon and continues to explain what kinds of strategies have made the difference for modern companies like Apple, Wal-Mart, Cisco, Starbucks and Wells Fargo.  Author Richard Rumelt shows that many recent high profile failures […]

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Why You Need a Plan: 5 Good Reasons

Developing strategy takes time and resources. It requires the time and commitment of some of the most highly paid and highly experienced people in your organization. So, if your team isn’t willing to invest what is needed, I recommend that you don’t do it. Poor planning is often worse than no planning at all. So, […]

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What is a Strategic Leader? A Person of Imagination

Recent attention to the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission remind us of their key finding: A failure to “connect the dots” and imagine what was being planned by the terrorist community was an important contributing factor to the September 11 attacks.  The Commission concluded that “the most important failure was one of imagination.” While the […]

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Strategic Intuition

Biographers of Napoleon Bonaparte talk about his ability to size up a situation with a single coup d’oeil, (pronounced koo-DOY), meaning “a stroke of the eye” or “glance.”  Napoleon was so knowledgeable about his strategic situation—the landscape, the enemy, available technology, similar situations from the past—that he could understand and respond quickly to ever-changing circumstances. […]

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