Strategic Planning

Managing or leading

For some, the term leader and manager are synonymous. Within the context of new leadership paradigms, they are incredibly different. A great book on leadership that explains this difference is called “The Heart of Coaching”, written by Thomas Crane. Old school management theory would purport that people are inherently irresponsible, Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Making decisions in isolation

Across your organization, people are making decisions… every day. The extent to which those decision are made within the context of your overall strategy play a significant role in your success. Decisions without understanding what the appropriate context should be universally creates risk. And yet, you’ll rarely walk into an Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Being number one

Being a niche player in a market often causes these smaller organizations to be timid about their market position. The assumption is that the powerful industry leader has deep enough pockets to crush you if they really wanted to. This may be true. However, not always. For those looking to Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Outsourcing leadership

Strategy development is something that not everyone is great at. And while it’s something that most people can learn to do, quite often people fumble through because they’re embarrassed that they didn’t learn this skillset as they came up through the ranks. No one wants to put their hand up Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Setting the ceiling

As a planner, the concept of potential is a truly significant one. At the core, planning and strategy is about identifying and acknowledging potential, and then quantifying the change. Every board and executive planning session sets the ceiling for this potential, and the powerful effect this has on an organization Read more…

By Kirk, ago
Strategic Planning

Who represents the strategy?

Another great way to determine how well your organization is positioned to successfully implement the strategy is to pay attention to who is representing and defending the interests of the competitive strategy in meetings. Where is it being driven from? Now, before you move on to rattling off the company Read more…

By Kirk, ago