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

Part 1: Analysis of the problem By Denise A. Harrison, Senior Consultant Thoroughly discouraged — that summed up how I felt. For the past two years I had been president of a financial services firm and we had some key success metrics under our belt, the company was now solidly profitable, cycle time had decreased […]

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The Power of “Both…And” Thinking

Thomas E. Ambler, Senior Consultant, Center for Simplified Strategic Planning, Inc. Note: This article was previously published in Compass Points in February 2006 In a previous article I dealt with the strategic impact of the “Golden Rule” approach to business. Here I want to consider an important facet of the “Golden Rule” approach, the power of […]

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Focus

By M. Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant Note: This article was previously published in Compass Points March 2006. Why is focus so important to success in our businesses? We’ve all heard of the person who wanted to clean off his desk, and couldn’t imagine why it wasn’t done by the end of the day. When he began […]

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Listening: An Important Skill for Successful Strategic Planning

By Denise Harrison, Senior Consultant Recently I spoke with a CEO and found that the most important thing that his team learned during strategic planning was the importance of listening.  This was an unusual answer to my question asking how his team had benefited from the strategic planning process, so I asked him to explain […]

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

By Denise Harrison, Senior Consultant Many people return from a strategic planning retreat frustrated, often asking: Were we really concentrating on what is important or were we focusing on what was “top of mind”?  Did we make the right decisions or were we swayed by the most persuasive person? A Better Way to Make Decisions: […]

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