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Clear Signals That Your Strategic Plan Is Going to Fail

You have created a strong team, held a very productive, off-site strategic planning session, documented all the ideas and plans, published the official “Strategic Plan” and told everyone about it at one of your Town Hall Meetings. And nothing is happening. Your strategic plan is heading for the pile of failed strategic plans and you […]

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Clear Signals That Your Strategic Plan Is Going to Fail

You have created a strong team, held a very productive, off-site strategic planning session, documented all the ideas and plans, published the official “Strategic Plan” and told everyone about it at one of your Town Hall Meetings. And nothing is happening. Your strategic plan is heading for the pile of failed strategic plans and you […]

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An Historic Day for Canada

The Toronto Raptors have just won the 2019 NBA Championship and today (June 17, 2019) ‘we’ celebrated.  The ‘we’ is Canada.  They really are Canada’s team. People flooded into downtown Toronto from all parts of Canada (and a few from the US) to be a part of this historic day.  The victory parade drew an […]

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An Historic Day for Canada

The Toronto Raptors have just won the 2019 NBA Championship and today (June 17, 2019) ‘we’ celebrated.  The ‘we’ is Canada.  They really are Canada’s team. People flooded into downtown Toronto from all parts of Canada (and a few from the US) to be a part of this historic day.  The victory parade drew an […]

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Leaders Build Relationships

“…as­tute lead­ers tune in to oth­ers’ feel­ings and pre­dis­po­si­tions, and ac­knowl­edge dif­fer­ent opin­ions from a va­ri­ety of sources. Now (when you may not nec­es­sar­ily need it) is the time to seek out and es­tab­lish a pro­fes­sional sup­port sys­tem so that it is there when you re­ally do re­quire it. No mat­ter what your ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions, […]

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Leaders Build Relationships

“…as­tute lead­ers tune in to oth­ers’ feel­ings and pre­dis­po­si­tions, and ac­knowl­edge dif­fer­ent opin­ions from a va­ri­ety of sources. Now (when you may not nec­es­sar­ily need it) is the time to seek out and es­tab­lish a pro­fes­sional sup­port sys­tem so that it is there when you re­ally do re­quire it. No mat­ter what your ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions, […]

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Leaders Build Relationships

“…as­tute lead­ers tune in to oth­ers’ feel­ings and pre­dis­po­si­tions, and ac­knowl­edge dif­fer­ent opin­ions from a va­ri­ety of sources. Now (when you may not nec­es­sar­ily need it) is the time to seek out and es­tab­lish a pro­fes­sional sup­port sys­tem so that it is there when you re­ally do re­quire it. No mat­ter what your ca­reer as­pi­ra­tions, […]

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The Key to Strategic Planning is Execution Planning

Originally posted June 10, 2015 “(Strategy) execution is the great unaddressed issue in the business world today. Its absence is the single biggest obstacle to success and the cause of most of the disappointments that are mistakenly attributed to other causes.” ― Ram Charan, author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and Boards […]

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The Key to Strategic Planning is Execution Planning

Originally posted June 10, 2015 “(Strategy) execution is the great unaddressed issue in the business world today. Its absence is the single biggest obstacle to success and the cause of most of the disappointments that are mistakenly attributed to other causes.” ― Ram Charan, author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and Boards […]

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The Key to Strategic Planning is Execution Planning

Originally posted June 10, 2015 “(Strategy) execution is the great unaddressed issue in the business world today. Its absence is the single biggest obstacle to success and the cause of most of the disappointments that are mistakenly attributed to other causes.” ― Ram Charan, author of What the CEO Wants You to Know and Boards […]

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What is Your First Step After the Strategic Plan is Published?

Every great organization conducts a strategic planning session, of some sort, every few years, which produces a strategic plan that, in the majority of cases, goes no where. Forbes.com suggests that most organisations don’t do a very good job with ‘life after publishing’ when it comes to the strategic plan.  For various and sundry reasons, […]

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What is Your First Step After the Strategic Plan is Published?

Every great organization conducts a strategic planning session, of some sort, every few years, which produces a strategic plan that, in the majority of cases, goes no where. Forbes.com suggests that most organisations don’t do a very good job with ‘life after publishing’ when it comes to the strategic plan.  For various and sundry reasons, […]

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Culture Drives Strategy – Not the Other Way Around

“Culture is the often-overlooked foundation of an organization. It determines how the group retains talent, how it develops and releases new products and whether it meets targets. It affects how happy and satisfied employees are at work.” 7 Elements of Strategy Execution When Mona Mitchell and I struck out to research for our book “7 […]

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Culture Drives Strategy – Not the Other Way Around

“Culture is the often-overlooked foundation of an organization. It determines how the group retains talent, how it develops and releases new products and whether it meets targets. It affects how happy and satisfied employees are at work.” 7 Elements of Strategy Execution When Mona Mitchell and I struck out to research for our book “7 […]

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Working with a Disengaged Team

I have been watching a friend struggle recently as she tries to manage a team of people who were not engaged.  Read… ‘they really didn’t care’.  The result is demoralizing for everyone: infighting, poor quality work, absenteeism, poor customer service and more. Admittedly, this is a very large corporation where the bottom line is far […]

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Working with a Disengaged Team

I have been watching a friend struggle recently as she tries to manage a team of people who were not engaged.  Read… ‘they really didn’t care’.  The result is demoralizing for everyone: infighting, poor quality work, absenteeism, poor customer service and more. Admittedly, this is a very large corporation where the bottom line is far […]

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Strategize with an Agile Mindset

This week’s post is an interview with Dan Watt, Sr. Director, Large Program Enablement at RBC. Dan is a real visionary and has always had a very unique perspective on the work we do in today’s organizations. This interview highlights Dan’s idea that our strategic plans and strategy execution plans should be managed in sprints. […]

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Please Stop Using the Town Hall Meeting!

I was watching the news last week that featured clips of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, ‘performing’ at a series of Town Hall meetings he was conducting across the country.  He did well.   But these meetings were pretty-well scripted.  There was one central issue that drove the effort (pipeline expansion) but the PM […]

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Please Stop Using the Town Hall Meeting!

I was watching the news last week that featured clips of the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, ‘performing’ at a series of Town Hall meetings he was conducting across the country.  He did well.   But these meetings were pretty-well scripted.  There was one central issue that drove the effort (pipeline expansion) but the PM […]

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Do You Know Your Audience?

Whether you are selling to a client, trying to influence an internal decision, creating a business case or convincing a team of stakeholders that your project needs more time or money – the Golden Rule will always be “know your audience”. One of my ‘people’ shared an article with me today entitled “Making a Business […]

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Do you have a plan for 2019?

As I sit here during the first week of January, I can’t stop thinking about the exciting year ahead.  I have some new adventures planned that will make this a fun, exciting and hopefully prosperous year.  But I have learned some very important lessons along the way and one of those is that none of […]

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Plan Your Strategy in Sprints

As I transition my career these days to the strategy execution space, I’m amazed at how often I’ve run into organizations of all shapes and sizes who don’t have a viable strategic plan.  At first they will tell me that they have a plan but as we talk about it, they admit that their plan […]

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6 Reasons That Strategic Plans Fail

Numerous online sources will use the number 60% these days – the share of strategic plans that never get off the ground and of the other 40%, they suggest, at least half were not implemented successfully.

5 Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

The strategic plan is probably the most important tool that any leader has at their disposal. The strategic plan drives everything within, and a well-run organization should be able to connect everything it does back to that plan.

Is Your Strategic Plan Failing?

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