Strategic Planning

Organizational potential

Before you go on any kind of strategy or change management rampage or try to determine where your sales have gone, start your investigation on the bottom row of your strategy map – your people. Driving out major change without this foundation in place is nearly impossible. People, morale and Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Do or do not. There is no try.

I love that quote. Just a good piece of Jedi wisdom. A concept well known in the planning field is that of the “burning platform” (for change). A burning platform is the idea that people standing on a burning platform are highly motivated to make something happen and solve the Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Strategy hierarchy

Does your organization have a clear strategy hierarchy? One of the major uses of strategy is to form the context for decisions related to change. This context drives out action that supports a common purpose. In order for this structure to work, it’s critical that you maintain a clear hierarchy Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Live and work like you mean it

As an organization, what is more important than acting with purpose? To what extent does your organization act with purpose? Do all of your employees understand what the organization is working to achieve in the long term? How about in the short term? Or… do people focus on the task Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

The most valuable element

Before you get your hands on an organization and start to work your magic, there are a few things you have to establish or everything afterward will be a struggle or fail. This brings me to what I describe as the most valuable element, trust. As an intangible asset it Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Abundance mind-set

There are many different ways to look at the world, and one important decision relates to the degree of abundance in your paradigm. People often carry thinking habits from their personal lives into their thinking for your organizations. Hard times creates habits that many people keep when the market turns Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Why planning exists

Planning has one main job. It’s to ensure people are moving, and moving in the right (read: same) direction. Not everyone moves at the same pace, but not moving is never good enough. If people don’t know where they’re supposed to go, some will move in different directions and others Read more…

By Kirk, ago