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Strategic thinking not only requires the ability to anticipate or project one, three, or five years into the future; it requires the ability to look at a business unit, division,...

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This linear focus of traditional goal setting is incompatible with today’s world. Too many variables, complications, complexities, and opportunities throw themselves into our path.

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As anyone who has ever been involved with a major organizational change can attest, many things can derail a project including unrealistic deadlines, overly ambitious outcomes, and poor planning to name but a few.

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We have the power to decide and act only right now, at this point, at this time, standing here. We cannot act in the future. We can only do that...

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Strategic Planning versus Strategic Thinking

Both strategic planning and strategic thinking feed decision making. Strategic planning, typically conducted on an annual basis as an individual or collective exercise, asks, “Where...

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If you think of the status quo as a sleeping dog, many believe it’s best to let it lie… to do their very best to avoid change. But given the speed with which things are changing the choice can come down to waking the dog or suffering an adverse consequence.

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One of the first steps in strategy development is to establish the time horizon. It could be three to five years, twenty years, or even six months. Any of these...

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Remember when you were able to work on only one task at a time? When you could actually give your undivided attention to doing one thing, and doing it well, before moving on to, or even considering, the next! Hello multitasking... goodbye focus!

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Various thinkers have shaped my view of strategy over the years. In this post, I share the wisdom and insight of three strategists who helped these thoughts evolve and...

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The importance of communicating not only what the strategy involves, but where the organization is heading, and why they are being asked to contribute, can transform a reluctant and skeptical workforce into a team of engaged collaborators.

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