Strategic Planning

The impact of your leadership

Leadership can sometimes feel counter-intuitive. It requires a balance between putting your efforts into tasks you can accomplish on your own, and enabling the efforts of those you lead. Enter: The strategic responsibilities of the leader. When stressed, many pull back to the projects or tasks they can personally control Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Double your value

One of my favourite questions in business planning is simply “What would it take to double the amount of value you create?” I like it because it: 1) Gets people’s attention – what might this mean? 2) Helps cut through the fluff of what is really important – what value Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

My strategy is to …

Delineating between a strategy and all the other kinds of objectives is sometimes difficult. Why? Because it’s something that is easily confused, but if you work in leadership it’s completely essential to understand the difference. One way of looking at competitive strategy is to see it as the selection of Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Understanding your competitive advantage

Similar to the previous post, understanding the form of competitive advantage your organization or products hold is another critical component of forming a growth strategy, in combination with market growth potential, as well as lagging performance indicators such as profit generated. Along the same lines, here is a rating methodology Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Benefits of strategy mapping

Strategy maps take a fair bit of work to “dial in”. The question many leaders have is whether it is worth the effort. I think: yes! If leaders understand all of the inter-dependencies within the strategy (already), building a strategy map will take about 5 minutes. The fact that it Read more…

By Kirk, ago