By Andrew Jennings, CCO – In our last blog post, we started to look at strategy and how to connect your organization with its strategic plan through the art of crafting a good story. Obviously, strategy and strategic planning is a complex and varied topic. There is no...

By Diane Dempster, Executive Coach  "Help! I'm too busy to do my 2017 planning!" Okay. We all know the importance of strategic planning and it’s December, right? So it’s the “perfect” time to review, regroup, and revise our strategy as an organization. In fact, most large companies have annual...

Business as usual? We think not! Today’s marketplace is fueled by change. The need for leadership to create sustainable competitive advantage is growing. Leaders need to help organizations compete and grow effectively, not only by embracing change and responding creatively to it, but by finding...

[caption id="attachment_4459" align="alignleft" width="300"] Offsite meetings are free from distractions.[/caption] Drawing from Patrick Lencioni’s work in Death by Meeting, there are specific meeting formats that we find to be very effective. Lencioni says that, “most meetings lack context and purpose.” There are four distinct meetings that...

When we talk about strategic planning, many clients reluctantly admit they think strategic planning is a waste of time. The last time they wrote a strategic plan was five years ago (or longer), and that old relic sits dusty on a shelf and has little...