Category Archives for "Author: Dana Baldwin"

Succession planning – an important part of strategic planning

Succession planning for key personnel is an important part of good strategy.   Succession planning becomes even more important when the person involved is an owner.  Previously we have written about succession planning and the things an organization should do to assure continuity. Don’t wait too long to involve people in succession planning.  When a key […]

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Execution makes all the difference in strategic planning

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. Near the completion of the strategic planning process, we select objectives SMART objectives must be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, with Results stated in a Timely […]

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Flight of the Buffalo: Soaring to Excellence, Learning to Let Employees Lead

In a “should read” for leaders of most small to mid-sized businesses, Belasco and Stayer challenge today’s leaders to change their management styles from “managing” to team-based management. This book introduces the process of Leading the Journey: changing one’s behavior from being lead buffalo to being lead goose. The analogy to buffalo is apt: If […]

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

By 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 […]

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The Strategy of Succession Planning – Part Four

By M. Dana Baldwin Note:  This post is part of a series of posts from Dana Baldwin’s article The Strategy of Succesion Planning originally posted in Compass Points in January 2000.  Part One introduced the topic and discussed the Succesion Planning Process.  Part Two discussed Strategy for Succession Planning.  Part Three covered Succession Planning Pitfalls and Succession Planning Benefits.  Part Four, […]

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