Posts from the category: strategic planning

Do you think competitive business strategy doesn’t apply to your non-profit? Think again.

Technology and Labor Trends – Can this Combination Generate Opportunities for Your Business?

Aligning Departments with Strategy – Part Three

Aligning Departments with Strategy – Part Two

“Shoot Yourself in the Foot” – Why do this exercise?

Strategic Alignment – Part One

Using the Simplified Strategic Planning Model in a Multi-Divisional Company

The Strategy of Succession Planning – Part Four

The Strategy of Succession Planning – Part Three

The Strategy of Succession Planning – Part Two

The Strategy of Succession Planning – Part One

What Happens When the Host Country Environment Changes? A Tale of Currency Devaluation You Have Successfully Outsourced – Part Three

What is your Twenty-Mile March?

What Happens When the Host Country Environment Changes? A Tale of Currency Devaluation You Have Successfully Outsourced – Part Two

What Happens When the Host Country Environment Changes? A Tale of Currency Devaluation You Have Successfully Outsourced – Part One

Is There a Reason Why Your Team’s Good Ideas for New Products or Services Don’t Get Implemented?

The Easy Way to Innovate is the Hard Way – Part Four

Objectives that get done – how to get better results

The Easy way to Innovate is the Hard way! – Part Three

Are Your Goals Causing Bad Behavior?

The Easy way to Innovate is — the Hard way! Part Two

Why You Should Use an Outside Leader for Your Strategic Planning

The Easy way to Innovate is — the Hard way! – Part One

Book Review: Value Migration How to Think Several Moves Ahead of the Competition

Types of Profitable Differentiation Value

Strategic Issues: The Pivotal Process for Strategic Success – Part Six

Setting the Tone from the Top: Safety and Operational Excellence

Strategic Issues: The Pivotal Process for Strategic Success – Part Five

Strategic Issues: The Pivotal Process for Strategic Success-Part 4

Strategic plan not complete?  Why not?  Here are some frequent sources of roadblocks

Strategic Issues: The Pivotal Process for Strategic Success-Part 3

Strategic Issues: The Pivotal Process for Strategic Success – Part 2

Strategic Issues: The Pivotal Process for Strategic Success – Part 1

Getting Your Team On Board with Your Strategy

When Strategies Go Bad – Part Five -Summary

When Strategies Go Bad – Part 4 – Tyco

Sony: Results are in – Sony’s Strategy Results in Record Profit

When Strategies Go Bad – Part 3

Could You Lose Your Way in the Marketplace?

When Strategies Go Bad – Part 2 – Global Crossing

Does Your Market Segmentation Lead to Lower Prices?

When Strategies Go Bad – Part 1 – IBM

Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Strategic Planning Efforts Lack a Systematic Approach

Innovation/Opportunities: Short-term vs. Long-term – How do You Decide?

Communication: A Key Element of Building Trust

Understanding the Competitive Value of Your Brand – Part Four

Getting Everything Done

Understanding the Competitive Value of Your Brand – Part Three

Strategic Planning: A Time for Reflection

Understanding the Competitive Value of Your Brand – Part Two

Team Building at the Executive Level

Understanding the Competitive Value of your Brand – Part 1

Strategic Evaluation of Acquisition Targets – Part Two

Strategic Evaluation of Acquisition Targets – Part One

You May Have One or More of These Problems with Strategic Opportunities

Marketing: A Key to Long Term Success Part Six

Marketing: A Key to Long Term Success Part Five

Marketing: A Key to Long Term Success Part Four

Marketing: A Key to Long Term Success Part Three

Fitbit Focuses on Corporate Clients to Generate Growth

Marketing: A Key to Long Term Success Part Two

Marketing: A Key to Long Term Success Part One

The Strategic Value of Values – Part Six

The Strategic Value of Values – Part 5

Do You Listen to Your Marketplace?

The Strategic Value of Values – Part 4

Chaos and Strategy

The Strategic Value of Values – Part 3

What Went Wrong with Apple Maps? What Can We Learn from these Mistakes?

The Strategic Value of Values – Part 2

Customer Service – Thinking Outside the Box

The Strategic Value of Values – Part 1

What does good differentiation look like?

Jump Starting Good Opportunity Ideas

Dana Baldwin reviews Kumar’s book Marketing as Strategy

Are You Preventing Your Company from Growing? How You and Your Leadership Team Could Be Causing Bottlenecks

March to a Different Drummer – Part Four

Unintended Consequences of Well-intentioned Actions

March to a Different Drummer – Part 3

March to a Different Drummer – Part Two

The Volume Trap

March to a Different Drummer – Part One

Implementation Advantage – Part 5

Implementation Advantage – Part 4

CVS Envisions a Different Future

Implementation Advantage – Part 3

Implementation Advantage – Part 2

Another Look at What Makes Good Customer Service

Implementation Advantage – Part 1

Five Ways to Think More Strategically Every Day

The 1 Thing Missing From Your Strategic Plan

Strategic Planning: What Did You Learn? How One Company Went Off Course

Why Don’t Companies Plan?

Improve Morale Part 7 – Strategic Thinking Points

Improve Morale — Increase Motivation! Part Six

Is Strategy About Perfection?

Improve Morale — Increase Motivation! Part Five

Lessons Learned: Flint, Michigan

Improve Morale – Increase Motivation Part 4: Why managers don’t delegate

What is a “SMART” Objective?

Improve Morale — Increase Motivation! Part Three – Effective Delegation

Which threats are truly strategic – and which threats contain the best opportunities?

Improve Morale — Increase Motivation! Part Two

Innovation – Leadership Strategies for the Competitive Edge

New Year’s Resolutions:  What resolutions have you chosen?

Communicating Your Strategic Plan With Employees – Part Two

Communicating Your Strategic Plan With Employees-Part One

Strategy Bits-Part 4: Your market is shrinking; Can you find a new market for your product/service?

OBJECTIVITY – A Key to Good Planning

Strategy Bits–Part 3: Market Feedback-Key to Identifying Growth Opportunities

Strategy Bits – Part 2. Innovation: Where to look for it

Strategy Bits – Part 1: Customer Concentration and Market Segment Analysis

Why People Think Culture is More Important Than Strategy – and Why People Who Believe That Are Doomed To Fail

Book review: Good Business, Leadership, Flow and the Making of Meaning

Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key – Part 3

Time to Set Goals for 2016 and Beyond: What Can We Learn from VW?

Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key – Part 2

Assumptions and Uncertainty

Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key – Part 1

What are the best strategic opportunities?

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES – Part Five

Overcoming Strategic Gaps–an Optics Design Case

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES – Part Four

Using Multiple Channels Can Dilute Market Image – Lessons Learned from Goodyear

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES – Part Three

The Five Pillars of Strategic Planning

STRENGTHS AND WEAKNESSES – Part Two

Strengths and Weaknesses – Part One

Tales from the Strategy Vault

From Near-Bankruptcy to Market Leadership: LEGO’s Success is All about Childs’ Play

Market Segmentation – Starting with the Basics

Part Three: Better Strategic Planning in the Smaller Company

Part Two: Better Strategic Planning in the Smaller Company

Focus

Part One: Better Strategic Planning in the Smaller Company

A Culture of Discipline — Building Toward Great  – Part 2 – Recruiting for Discipline

3 Cool questions to ask in your strategic planning

A Culture of Discipline — Building Toward Great – Part 1 – What is Discipline

The Importance of Scenarios when Dealing with Uncertainty

Fixing Your Balanced Scorecard – Part 3

When Your Strategic Plan Execution Stalls

Acquisition Candidate Selection

Simplifying Your Business

Fixing Your Balanced Scorecard – Part 2

Listening: An Important Skill for Successful Strategic Planning

Fixing Your Balanced Scorecard  –  Part 1

Strategic Planning – Only for Corporate?

You are #1 in your Core Markets – Now, How Do You Grow?

Why Most Strategic Plans Don’t Work

Competing with a Low Cost Competitor

Strategic Planning: Are Your Decisions Based on Facts or Opinions?

Dealing with a Low Cost Competitor

WD-40 Finds Growth for 50 Year-old Product

SWOT Analysis revisited

Acquisitions: 8 Steps to Success

Does focus on weaknesses help?

Execution – Why Good Plans Can Fail

Game Playing Will Be Important to Sony’s Future Success

How can I use Simplified Strategic Planning at the Corporate Level?

Value or Low Price?

Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best

Execution and Executability

Innovation and Execution — A Critical Strategic Balance

GE Spins off Major Appliance Division – What Can a Small Company Learn from this Divestiture?

Strategic Planning Team – What Company Functions Should Be Represented?

Reflect on Success and Failure for Better Strategic Planning

Ten Reasons for Strategic Planning How to Make a CEO’s Life Easier

Innovation and Strategy

Customer Loyalty — Is it Your Company’s Priority?

What Changes Impact Your Bottom Line? Hint: There Is More To Pricing Than Meets the Eye

Turn Your Threats into Opportunities

What is Focus?

Time is Money–So get More Money by using Less Time!

Is Your Marketing Working for You?

Winning Companies Focus on Winning Customers

Ready, Aim, Fire?

Follow-through — The Key to Strategic Planning Success

Playing to Win

Strategic Planning Lessons from Going Green

Why don’t some organizations do strategic planning?

Coming In Out of the Rain

Why Stretch Goals Make Bad Strategic Objectives

When Is It Strategic to Say No to New Business? When can higher volume lead to lower long-term profitability?

Customer relationships: What does this concept have to do with strategy?

Hire Well to Sustain a Positive Work Environment

Is it a good objective, or are you seeking “world peace”?

Are your Objectives Really Worth Pursuing? Or are they just “Lead Bricks?”

Know When to Hold ’em and When to Fold ’em – Knowing when to get out of a core business is key to being successful in the future.

Are you frustrated by the lack of results in your strategic planning efforts?

Strategy: Low Cost or Differentiation

Market Segmentation – Starting with the Basics

Accounting and Strategic Objectives

Is Your Marketing Working For You?

Understand What Differentiates your Company in the Market

What do you need to start strategic planning?

What Level is your Strategic Thinking?

Close the Gap between Planning and Execution – Monitoring Checklist Keeps Execution on Track

LEADERSHIP CHARACTERISTICS – ARE YOU A GOOD LEADER?

Back to Basics in Strategic Planning

Strategy and Culture – How do they interact?

Employee Engagement: Key to Your Company’s Profitability – A Case Study

Strategic Thinking – Understanding Limits – Are You Limiting your Company or are They really Constraints?

Making the Case: Employee Engagement

Lessons Learned: Sony Falls from Market Dominance – Loss of Focus Causes Poor Decision Making

Professionalism – Do Your Customers Believe You Have It?

Systems Thinking in Strategic Planning

Challenging Old Paradigms and Achieving Success

Succession Planning in a Family Business

What is Strategic Thinking?

Strategic Alignment: Why Isn’t Everyone on the Same Page?

Why Do Your Customers Buy From Your Company?

Planning with estimates

How do you keep good employees? Hint: It may not be what you think.

Is an Executive Coach Worth the Time and Cost?

Building Customer Preference

Made the “Nifty Fifty” New Product List and Fought to Make a Dime – Lessons Learned in Protecting Intellectual Property and Partnerships

TEAM-BUILDING A GREAT STRATEGY OR FLUFF?

Can You Turn Your Threats into Opportunities? By Looking at the Glass Half Full You May Find Significant Growth While your Competition Is Spending Time Mitigating the Threat

Are You Listening to Your Customers? How Small Changes Produce Market Share Gains

STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE B2B SELLING

The “Business Model Canvas” – is the New Approach really Better?

Dare to be Different – How Choosing a Road Less Traveled Allowed Cummins Engine to Outstrip Their Competition

What Makes a Good Action Plan?

Don’t Let Success Spoil Your Future! Steps Your Company Needs to Take to Avoid Obsolescence

Three Action Plan Mistakes Strategic Planning Teams Make and How to Avoid Them

Monitoring Your Strategic Plan–Quarterly Reviews and Annual Updates

Lead your Industry in the BIG Things

Do You Really Know Your Strategic Competency? Reassessing Your Strategic Competency May Lead to Significant Growth

Sustainable Strategic Advantage

Watching Trends: Ebbs and Flows

Xerox Positions Itself to Succeed in the 21st Century – What You Need to Do to Ensure Your Company Does Not Become Obsolete

Is Your Company a Good Supplier?

Be the Threat

Lessons Learned: Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Teach Important Lessons

Know What is Going to Kill or Transform Your Industry – Part II

How Do You Handle Under-performers?

Innovation/Opportunities: Short-term vs. Long-term – How do You Decide?

What Kind of Leader Are You?

Know What is Going to Kill or Transform Your Industry – Part I

Strategic Planning Horizon: How far out should you plan?

How To Provide High Value In Competitive Industries

Strategy Bits

Honest Tea Teaches Coke A Lesson

How Has The “Great Recession” Impacted Your Company?

The Game Changing Innovation

Mistakes Happened – But Did You Learn From Them?

Final Steps: Follow-through and Monitoring

Integrating Your Big Initiatives With Strategic Planning

Lessons Learned: What Can We Learn From Yum Brands’ Success?

Strategy Analysis 2: Maintain Strategy

Flavors of Profit

Position Your Business for Profitablility

Succession Planning – Important Items to Consider

Is Success Your Worst Enemy?

What’s the Right Number of Market Segments?

Are You Really On Track? Mistakes Made in Execution

How Agile is Your Company?

Can a Strategic Plan be TOO Simple?

“What if” Oil and Water Do Not Mix – Lessons from BP

Strategy Analysis: Expand

Finding Resistance

Everyone Knows Execution is Important – So Why Do We Fail to Execute?

Next Steps: Will we be ready to take advantage of the improving economy as it arrives?

We Never Have Time for Strategic Planning!

Three Keys to Recovery Success:Re-focus Your Efforts to Outperform Your Competition

Time to Start Planning for Growth – Step One: Analysis

Why Your Strategy Needs To Change

Here We Go Again – The End of Strategic Planning is Forecast – Again

Drowning in Strategic Initiatives? Here is a powerful tool for screening them out.

Help! My Market Doesn’t Need My Product Any More! How to Strategically Position Your Company for Success in the Face of Changing Market Preferences

IS YOUR PRICING STRATEGY RIGHT?

Ways to Estimate Value When You Just Don’t Know How to Price

Is your New Product Development Process Complete?

Lessons Learned from Boeing’s Stumble:Risk assessment is Key to a Successful Strategy

Strategic Planning: When Good Goals Go Bad

What is the Difference Between a Business Plan and a Strategic Plan?

Acquisitions: Developing a Successful Integration Process

Gaining Strategic Alignment Between Business Units

How Can Smaller Companies Compete and Win?

Are You Promoting Your People Wisely?

Evaluating Acquisition Targets – Part 1

STRATEGIC PLANNING IN THE RECESSION

IS YOUR COMPANY TAKING ADVANTAGE OF THE SLOW ECONOMY?

Business Survey Results

Use the Recession to Trigger Rejuvenation: Develop a Strategy to Revitalize your Company

Strategic Planning – Building Better Value Signals

Internal Communications for Effective Strategic Implementation

Strategic Planning: What is the Board’s Role?

Retaining Your Customers

Strategic Planning: To Do or Not To Do – That is the Question

Strategic Planning Blunder – Stealing from Customers

What is the ideal time interval between cycles of Strategic Planning?

Screening Acquisition Targets – Part II

What is the optimum level of participation for the CEO during the planning meetings?

Screening Acquisition Targets