Strategy

Are you emotionally connected?

I hear many businesses use the terms “mission”, “purpose” and “vision” with great flourish and sincerity. The problem is that all too often, when you scratch below the surface, their actual statements tend to be trite platitudes that have little emotional connection for both customers and employees. All too often, they also tend to be…

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Strategy + Culture = Results

“The prize for closing the strategy-to-performance gap is huge – an increase in performance of anywhere from 60% to 100% for most companies.” Turning Great Strategy into Great Performance, Mankins & Steele, HBR, 2006 I recently got involved in an online discussion on the relationship between strategy and corporate culture. To me it did not…

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6 Tips to Make a Strategic Shake Up Not Feel Like a Shake Down

A core part of strategic planning and implementation involves ensuring your people are engaged and committed to the goals that will deliver your strategic ambitions. Often this involves bringing some sort of change to the organisation. Based on best practice, coupled with years of experience, here are 6 tips on how to manage change in…

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Why Your Strategic Plan Must Include Leadership Development

Hardline growth strategies, goals and robust project management are vital to ensuring that a business achieves its strategic ambitions. You absolutely need these and the right systems and processes in place to facilitate successful execution.  However, even the most focussed plans are useless unless something is done to engage the business’s biggest asset – its…

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Using Strategy Management to Deliver Results

When a new CIO, Bob, was appointed at a long-standing client, he stepped into a team that was not particularly connected or focussed on the actions needed to support the business’s strategy. They operated more on a day-to-day, “firefighting” basis, with too many priorities – that were also misaligned. We came in to help Bob…

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Build Your Own Strategy Parade

Whilst I am a firm believer in having a strong process as the foundation for strategic planning and management – and believe me I use one on every strategy management project – a process is useless without the right leadership and culture to transform it into reality. There is only so much improvement that one…

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Turning Strategy into Performance

Differentiate your business from 86% of its competitors – turn your strategy into great performance – An organisation is healthy when its parts – management, operations, and culture – consistently act as a whole in a manner that fits together and support the business’s overall vision. Since budgets generally only consider shorter-term financial metrics, they…

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