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Part One: Better Strategic Planning in the Smaller Company

By Robert W. Bradford, President and CEO of Center for Simplified Strategic Planning We get questions about how to adapt our Simplified Strategic Planning model to smaller companies. The model was initially developed for companies with 50-500 employees, but has been used with great success in much smaller companies as well as Fortune 500 companies. This being […]

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

Thomas E. Ambler, Senior Consultant, CSSP, Inc. Recruiting disciplined people requires a well-tuned filtering process that determines if there is a fit of the candidate’s skill sets and passions with the job requirements of the organization and determines whether the candidate is self-disciplined. We can take a cue as to how to do this from the […]

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3 Cool questions to ask in your strategic planning

By Robert W. Bradford, President & CEO The other day, a client was chatting with me and mentioned something about my strategic planning work I’d never thought of:  I ask weird questions.  Not so weird, in my mind – but my favorite questions are always strategic, and always lead to excellent discussions about the sources […]

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

Thomas E. Ambler, Senior Consultant, CSSP, Inc. In his outstanding book about great organizations, Good To Great, Jim Collins concludes, “Sustained great results depend upon building a culture full of self-disciplined people who take disciplined action, fanatically consistent with the three circles.” (The three circles for an organization are (1) what it can be best in the world at, […]

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The Importance of Scenarios when Dealing with Uncertainty

By Denise Harrison, Senior Consultant How can we better deal with uncertainty when we develop our strategic plan?  Many strategic planning teams struggle with this issue.  While it is important to understand what you know as facts and what your assumptions for the future are, I have found that some good scenario planning helps a […]

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