March 13, 2018
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Execution makes all the difference in strategic planning

M. Dana Baldwin

Dana Baldwin Execution failure is the most frequent cause of strategy failure. Good execution makes all the difference in the strategic planning process. This article will show you the key to good execution.

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Many - MANY times, when teaching Simplified Strategic Planning seminar, there will be attendees from non-profits. Many of them enjoy the seminar, take the tools from the workbook, and use them productively. Often they don't think competitve business strategy applies to their non-profit and will comment that "this material is more suited to a business".

Technology and Labor Trends

By Denise Harrison

Is your company seeing these trends?

  • Many experienced workers are retiring from the workforce, often taking critical knowledge with them.
  • Hiring difficulty: especially among the skilled trades.

Well, your customers also face these trends - how can you help? Can you design products/services that will help alleviate these issues for your customers? Technology can be key to providing the solution.

"Shoot Yourself in the Foot" - Why Do This Exercise?

By M. Dana Baldwin

Why do we look at different ways to shoot ourselves in the foot? In other words, why do we look into what might be unintended consequences of well-intentioned actions as a part of strategic planning? While the answer might be obvious to some, let's explore the reasons behind doing this exercise to be sure we give it the appropriate rigor when we do it.

Big Strategy

By Robert W. Bradford

Every so often, someone will refer to something we're talking about in the strategic planning process and say "That doesn't seem very strategic". What does this mean?

What Is Your Twenty-Mile March?

By Denise Harrison

Disciplined action is the key to your success - Jim Collins highlighted its importance in a recent speech. How can you use this concept to ratchet up your team's performance?

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

By M. Dana Baldwin

Does your organization have a tough time generating and implementing good opportunities for additional services or products? Is there a major roadblock to approving them? We have written multiple articles about the importance of, and the good practices of, good idea generation for organizations. Robert Bradford has published a series of papers on the practices of innovation (See the prior issue of Course and Direction for one of them).

Objectives that get done - how to get better results

By Robert W. Bradford

One of the five key elements of getting better execution from your strategic planning is writing better objectives. Ideally, the objective sets a clear target for implementation that helps focus the team and makes prioritization of action steps easier.

Are Your Goals Causing Bad Behavior?

By Denise Harrison

Wells Fargo continues to reel from its fraudulent practice of opening accounts for consumers - unbeknownst to the consumer. To meet their cross-selling goals, individuals at the bank took to opening accounts to make their quota. Even the homeless were enrolled in fee accruing products.

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