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...

Keep your Workforce Strategically Informed

  There are two things that individual’s want more than anything else from their working lives. The first is to feel valued, to be praised often and to be told they are doing a good job. Survey after survey has demonstrated that to feel valued is more important than...

What is Strategic Alignment?

The key to successful strategic execution is good alignment. The best strategy on the planet will not be executed successfully if the company or organisation is not aligned to it. The most common complaint from the people tasked to execute a strategy is that they did...

Strategic Themes

Often it is difficult to see the wood for the trees. During a strategic planning cycle, it is easy to become overwhelmed by the many things that need to be done. It is at this point that ‘Strategic Themes’ become useful. Any strategy can usually be broken down into...