January 18, 2018
Dana Baldwin What have you discovered when you used the "How can we shoot ourselves in the foot" exercise? Have there been times when you wish you had used this exercise? For a discussion of this exercise and when to use it, read on. Please continue reading our blog.


M. Dana Baldwin

Shoot Yourself in the Foot - Why Do This Exercise?

By M. Dana Baldwin

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.

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We are highly successful already: Why should we plan?

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Why plan in a world that is highly uncertain?

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