Tag Archives: Strategic Planning

Is innovation really important to you?

How can we establish Innovation as the vital link to a process of change and strategic direction options? One that lifts the debates of managing today’s business by linking it into the future and then turning this thinking into a series of plausible and coherent set of activities? Innovation can drive change, change is required.  Without innovation, we progressively die, ...

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The Play-to-Win Strategy Canvas v3.0

A little over four years ago I designed and developed a wall canvas to be used when facilitating strategic choice-making with small teams. Over time, the canvas has evolved as I learned more and more about the art and discipline of strategy facilitation…what people struggle with most, where the resource of time is best spent, etc. Fast forward to now. ...

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Strategy Isn’t Just for the C-Suite

A significant portion of my strategy development work is with internal functions, a click or two below corporate and business unit strategy: marketing, human resources, purchasing, and even internal strategy groups. There is good news and bad news in this. The good news is that internal functions have recognized the need to be strategic, even if it is because higher ...

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Strategic Transformation at Tennis Canada

My friend Roger Martin (#3 on Thinkers50 list) penned a terrific article in The European Business Review on how the Canadian professional tennis association rose from oblivion to now boasting two young players ranked well inside the top 10 on the professional tennis circuit…in less than ten years. As of this writing, Eugenie Bouchard is ranked #7, and Milos Raonic ...

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Preparing for a Strategy Sprint – A DIY Guide

Preparing for a Strategy Sprint - A DIY Guide

This is the second in a series of five DIY posts on holding a strategy sprint. The decision to hold a strategy sprint assumes that you’ve come to the conclusion that a new strategy is warranted, that new directions must be explored, and you’ve gotten to this point in a thoughtful and deliberate way. Something has been tugging at you ...

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Rethink Your Brand’s Future

Rethink Your Brand's Future

Wipro started out selling vegetable oil. It now provides global information technology, consulting, and outsourcing services and is known as the “IBM of India.” It has grown annual revenue to close to $8 billion. It is hard to believe that Wipro actually stands for Western India Palm Refined Oils! For your brand to grow continually, what you sell today is ...

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When Going in New Directions, It Helps to Have a Map

I developed the Play-to-Win Canvas, a large wall map, to help teams explore strategic possibilities. (Click HERE to download a full size PDF, or HERE for a personal A3 size, both sharable under a Creative Commons license.) So, you’ve decided you need to shift strategy. You’ve drafted your current strategy using the Roger Martin Playing to Win five-question strategic question ...

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Planning Your Changes for 2017

Planning Your Changes for 2017

2017 promises to be a year of unprecedented change. As a result, it will be imperative for managers to empower themselves with the tools that will help effectively lead the change initiatives that will be required to cope with political and economic turmoil and threats from digital entrants intent on disrupting the industry your company may now lead (or aspire ...

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Shifting Budgets from Advertising to Innovation

OK, I don’t have a self-driving car and already I’m sick of hearing about them and their potential.  Just like I don’t have a virtual reality headset made out of cardboard and an iPhone, but I’m tired of hearing about virtual reality. The reason I’m tired about hearing about VR and autonomous vehicles is that they are overhyped technologies that ...

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Growing Together – Synthetic Teamwork

Growing Together - Synthetic Teamwork

In Henry Mintzberg’s 1994 landmark book, The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning, the author calls for a new method to create effective strategies. He notes that, “Strategic planning isn’t strategic thinking. One is analysis, the other is synthesis.” Mintzberg draws a definitive line between those that create strategy and those that devise the plan, arguing that the two are ...

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