Do You Have Strong Plan Around Your Strategy?

We don’t often see a good plan in place for an organizational strategy. This is wrong. Unfortunately, the execution part ...
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Are Your People Excited About the Future of Your Organization?

Strategic Planning is not easy. But all of the effort, time and resources you put in to its creation can ...
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Do You Have Someone Who Actually Owns the Plan?

Over the summer, I have been reviewing some of the Clear Signals That Your Strategic Plan Is Going to Fail ...
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Does Your Strategic Plan Extend Out Too Far?

Most organizations are still planning too far out.  In this day and age, realistically, how can we?  With so many ...
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Do You Know What Strategy Success Mean?

The plan looks good and you seem to have all the pieces in place, but when asked, no one seems ...
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Does Your Strategic Plan have a Scorecard?

Happy Summer, 2019!  In this first week of July, I continue my summer series on the seven Clear Signals That ...
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Clear Signals That Your Strategic Plan Is Going to Fail

You have created a strong team, held a very productive, off-site strategic planning session, documented all the ideas and plans, ...
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The Key to Strategic Planning is Execution Planning

Originally posted June 10, 2015 “(Strategy) execution is the great unaddressed issue in the business world today. Its absence is ...
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What is Your First Step After the Strategic Plan is Published?

Every great organization conducts a strategic planning session, of some sort, every few years, which produces a strategic plan that, ...
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Culture Drives Strategy – Not the Other Way Around

“Culture is the often-overlooked foundation of an organization. It determines how the group retains talent, how it develops and releases ...
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You Need a Sound Strategic Plan to be Able to Execute Well

Five Key Elements to Building a Strong Strategic Plan Company X gets it now! They realize how important it is ...
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Do You Have a Strategy Stress Test (SST)

I am a serial entrepreneur and a dreamer. I come up with new ideas all the time, which comes with ...
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Every Strategic Plan Needs a Solid Core

I have a friend who loves to innovate. He loves to create new companies, products or services but he isn’t ...
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Strategize with an Agile Mindset

This week's post is an interview with Dan Watt, Sr. Director, Large Program Enablement at RBC. Dan is a real ...
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Do you have a plan for 2019?

As I sit here during the first week of January, I can’t stop thinking about the exciting year ahead. I ...
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Plan Your Strategy in Sprints

As I transition my career these days to the strategy execution space, I’m amazed at how often I’ve run into ...
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Do You Have the Right Team to Execute the Plan?

The future of the organization was set.  After many months of research, reflection and decision making, it was decided that ...
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Strategy Execution – Without Organization-Wide Commitment – Don’t Even Try

I was working with the leadership team of an organization recently and we were addressing the gap between strategic planning ...
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Synergy Drives Strategy and Project Execution

“Synergy is the creation of a whole that is greater than the simple sum of its parts.”  It seems the term synergy comes ...
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Clarity – A Key Element to Execution Success

We got a new dog last week!  Don’t ask why.  We actually swore we would never get another dog as ...
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What’s Holding Your Organization Back from Execution Success?

The idea looked sound The R&D that followed seemed strong The design phase was thorough and comprehensive The plan looked ...
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Strategic Planning Does Not Work

…unless you have an execution plan. I was at a picnic recently on a beautiful island in Georgian Bay and ...
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The Project Manager’s New Frontier – Strategy Execution

“You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in ...
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“I Try to Avoid Hiring PMPs”

(Originally posted March,2016) Not a great start to the day when you hear this from someone in the gym.  And ...
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Planning is Good – But You Have to Follow Through

I have a colleague who is an expert at planning.  A dreamer, innovator and a good planner as well. He ...
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Managing Change Every Day – and Interview with John Preiditsch

John Preiditsch is the President of Six S Partners Inc. we spent 30 minutes together talking about change management and ...
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Happy Holidays

This is always a busy time!  Holiday preparations, year end stuff and the usual workplace craziness. As we wrap up ...
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Just Because You Can’t See the Holes Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t There

I have a colleague who tells the story of working with a local organization to help with the execution of ...
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Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Peter Drucker is famous for his line “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”.  I have a good friend, business associate and ...
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6 Reasons That Strategic Plans Fail

I was working with a medium-sized organization recently that finally admitted what many others out there already know, strategic planning ...
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Strategy Execution Culture. You need to be agile.

Developing a Strategy Execution Culture involves a lot of moving parts.  One of which is aglity ...
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You Will Find Your Next CSO in the PMO

Too many letters!  How about… you will find your next Chief Strategy Officer in the Project Management Office. You see, ...
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Every Strategic Plan needs a Communication Plan

A few years ago, I came across an organization that was having a real morale issue within the ranks.   It ...
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Things Good Leaders Do – Align Tactical Activity to the Strategic Game Plan

My friend Roy Osing wrote a great article that was published in The Globe and Mail on June 3, 2016 ...
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4 Reasons I Should Care About My Organization’s Strategic Plan

Strategic planning used to be the domain of our senior leaders and board of directors.   As I said in my ...
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5 Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

Every organization needs a plan. Every leader needs a plan - a vision for the future.  Every leader needs to ...
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Look for the Big Picture

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Do you Have a Vision for Your Future?

Welcome to my Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought and ...
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Strategy Execution – Does Your Organization’s Culture Support It?

Last week I started my series on Strategy Execution in support of my workshop this Thursday at the CPA Ontario ...
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The Key to Strategic Planning is Execution Planning

  “(Strategy) execution is the great unaddressed issue in the business world today. Its absence is the single biggest obstacle to ...
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You Need a Plan B

Welcome to my new Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought ...
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Your Professional Strategic Plan

Welcome to my new Weekly 1 Minute Video Series. This series of video posting is designed to stimulate ideas, thought ...
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Strategy Development – Facilitation

Great tips on facilitating a strategic planning meeting.  Strategy Development - Facilitation ...
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Have You Started Your Personal Strategic Plan?

I encourage you to send this post to others who might benefit. The 'share' buttons are at the bottom. As ...
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The Golden Keys to Strategy Facilitation

This article focuses on strategy planning in a large corporate environment. But if you read it, instead, as an article ...
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Are You Prepared to Change the Plan – Move to Plan B?

Plan B is not the ultimate goal. Plan A is. But life does not always work out like we hoped ...
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Everyone Should Have a ‘Vision’

I used to tell myself that I need a plan. Without a plan how can you achieve your goals? But ...
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