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7 Ways to Improve the Chances of Your Strategy Succeeding
  By: Brian Ward
There are some simple approaches to planning and implementing strategy, that once followed will dramatically increase the chances of success for you and your organization. Here are seven ways for you to improve the chances of your strategy succeeding.

A Piece of the Puzzle
  By: Gary Lockwood
In times of great change and ambiguity, how do we set meaningful goals? And how do we keep our businesses moving forward and on target? Our businesses and our lives are made up of many small pieces.

Clarifying Strategy And Direction - 6 Steps
  By: Pam Kennett

A critical skill for consultants working with top teams is the ability to facilitate workshops and meetings to define strategy, success factors and values. This article outlines a 6 step process, one day workshop design to produce a clear strategy and way forward for top teams.


Complexity: The Execution Challenge You Don't See
  By: James D. Murphy

When you think of the word 'complex', do you ever think about what it has to do with project execution?  Ask a management consulting firm to define 'complex' and you'll get a response like "well, it's a concept that can affect your life, your family, your team and your organization." That's because consultants understand that complexity lies in every aspect of strategic planning, whether at home or in the workplace, and that complexity is a concept that needs to be clearly understood in order to anticipate and overcome execution challenges.     


Creating Your Future
  By: Thomas W. McKee
Five important lessons in planning for the future.

Effects-Based Thinking Part III
  By: James D. Murphy

Effects-based thinking transmits through systems in three orders – kinetic, second and third order effects.   Kinetic effects describe the objectives of short-range operational plans – the plans and projects we carry out on a daily basis in our work.  These objectives must be clear, measurable, and achievable and must support the organization's overall objectives.  Although a plan or project may take some time to complete, its effects should be immediately observable and measurable.  That's the kinetic effect of effects-based thinking – a small but significant step toward a larger goal (i.e. second and third order effects).


Effects-Based Thinking: Part II
  By: James D. Murphy

Many organizations utilize scoreboards or dashboards to track progress toward goals.  Such methods have values that can be measured in a continuous manner to track performance.  But such tools are just that – measures of performance toward discreet objectives, but not necessarily a component of effects-based thinking.  These objectives do not always have a clear connection to the organization's overarching goals or vision that one gets with EBT.  For example, making a certain amount of revenue or delivering a particular earnings per share by the end of the year are great measurements.  How are we going to know whether the actions we are taking today and tomorrow are having the right effects upon those measurements?  How can we utilize effects-based thinking to know that we aren't just getting lucky?  Furthermore, how do we even know that those measurements are the rightmeasurements?  And how do we know that the sum of the individual actions taken to affect these measurements, which often form the basis of incentive systems, are not interfering with each other or ultimately damaging the organization? This is where effects-based thinking or EBT comes into play.


Evaluating Potential Businesses – 8 Critical Components of Your Business Viability Analysis
  By: Yoshiko Choy

Indeed, Business Viability Analysis is a boring topic. But this is also the most critical component of your business & marketing plans which provides direction on the potential market environment, market demand and supply, and to extent, guides your potential market direction decisions. Note that financial modeling is beyond the scope of this article.


Getting the Most: Strategic Organization Improvement
  By: Mark Henderson
Clarify your mission, select 'vital few' business consistent objectives, craft series of improvement strategies and add supporting tactics.

How To Achieve Focus, Alignment, Accountability and Results
  By: Brian Ward
Traditional approaches to strategy development and implementation are giving way to a more focused, streamlined approach that requires strong, determined leadership. Want to 'give it a try?'

How to Create a Strategy: a Case Study
  By: Marian Banker

Strategy is one of the steps in the planning process and cycle. The sequence in the business planning process is Vision, Mission, Goals, Strategy.


How to Successfully Manage a Digital Business in an Economic Downturn
  By: Mike Myatt
The question is not what economic environment we are entering into, or whether e-business works, or is e-business here to stay, but rather how can a business leverage a scalable e-business strategy that will service their needs both now and in the future.

In All Truthfulness
   Achieving Support for Your Mission, Vision and Strategy
  By: Brian Ward
Your team has devised a mission, vision and strategy. Now comes the time to ‘communicate’ it to the world, and to ask key people to sign-up, support the strategy and develop tactics and plans to make it happen.

Pathways and Pitfalls to Setting Organizational Goals and Priorities
  By: Jim Clemmer
Discover the Setting Organizational Goals and Priorities approaches that can help you to avoid the pitfalls and pave your organization's pathway to success.

Pave the Way to a Successful Strategic Plan
  By: Julane Borth

Many very successful business owners may never have had a formal strategic plan. Some think, "Why do we need to do strategic planning? We're doing great just like we are."



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