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 to do with how the business works today. It was […]
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When is the last time you worked on your strategic plan? Most people have to think about this. If you’ve done one in the last year, you are among the few that actively devote time to this activity, and at some level, you know that it’s important. For many organizations (and we have been there, […]
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 opportunities to create positive change to spark innovation and growth. […]
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 strategic planning processes that align with the organization’s missions […]
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 shortage of advice and services to help craft the […]
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 teams should have on a regular basis: Daily 5 Minute Stand Up – This is often the most difficult […]
Vision is the core of motivation, power and success. How can you create yours?
Behind every good strategy and every goal achieved, there was an action plan that brought it to life.
The strategy is not the end of the process, but the beginning of your journey toward your vision. You have defined the vision, made it concrete with some goals that define what it will take for the vision to come to life, developed some strategies that you think will help you achieve your goals, and now you are ready for the plans.
With SMART goals in hand, you are ready to build strategies around them. This is just like developing business strategies in that you can look at your various strengths and build strategies that play to them.
Now that you have a vision of where you are going, it is important to set goals that move you in the direction of your vision. I like to make sure they are SMART goals. You may have heard this acronym before, but it stands for: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-Bound.