Strategic Planning Document

Over the years we have seen many strategic plans being developed.  Some good, some not so good. One of the things we have noticed is that there is a basic format for a strategic plan. The first thing that should be noted is that s strategic plan is not a business...

Do You Need a Strategy Director?

Ask any Board of Directors if they need a Strategy Director and more often than not the answer will be no. They will quickly point out that Strategy is everyone’s job, it is not something that should be considered a bolt-on. They will point out that it is the job of...

How to deal with change

The weather in the United Kingdom has been extremely mild for this time of year. We have had the warmest September since records began and what is shaping up to be the mildest October. It is only in the last couple of days the signs of autumn have begun to show. The...

Do things in the right order!

How many times have you started a strategic planning session with a ‘brain-storm’ to think up a bunch of projects that will form the basis of a three to five year plan? How many times have you been asked by the executive to come up with a ‘game-changer’ that will blow...

Software for Strategy Management

In a recent survey looking at scorecard usage it was discovered that 68% of the responders were using spreadsheets and 11% using free form documents to manage their scorecards. Only 19% were using dedicated software. When it comes to managing strategy and business...

What is a Strategy Canvas?

In 2005 W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne published the Blue Ocean Strategy which with over one million copies sold has become a ‘must-read’ book for anyone involved in creating strategies for business. Its basic tenant is that lasting success comes not from competing...