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Hundreds of articles on every strategic subject you could imagine

Activity-Based Costing

Activity-Based Costing

Regardless of your industry, Activity Based Costing is an important accounting methodology. In this how-to guide, we're going to look at the ABC of... ABC! Activity-Based Costing Activity-Based Costing, abbreviated simply to ABC, is a method of cost accounting that...

Evidence Based Management

Evidence Based Management

by Clive Keyte. Evidence-Based Management may have its roots in medicine. But - thanks to books such as The Intelligent Company by Bernard Marr and Evidence-Based Management by Eric Barends and Denise M. Rousseau, the approach has gained a powerful following amongst...

The Power of Feelings

The Power of Feelings

It's all too easy to consider strategy as 'dry' and purely analytical. After all, so much of the strategic process involves data interrogation, systems management and operational project delivery. But people lie at the heart of every organisation, from employees...

The Truth Can Be Painful

The Truth Can Be Painful

2020 is now behind us and businesses are firmly focused on 2021 - and beyond. Regardless of what is happening in the broader, largely uncontrollable exterior environment, it's time to get our business heads screwed on and focus on success. And that focus leads us to...

Themes or Priorities?

Themes or Priorities?

Only a few short years ago, strategic themes were very much the focus within the business environment. Organisations of all kinds discussed themes and sought to align their operational efforts around them. But today, the emphasis has moved on to strategic priorities....

The Importance of Strategic Terminology

The Importance of Strategic Terminology

Jargon, terminology, lexicon.... call it what you will! The important thing is that we ensure our employees and our external stakeholders are all on the same page when it comes to business strategy. And a key driver of having a shared understanding of what our...

Buy or Build KPI Software?

Buy or Build KPI Software?

by Clive Keyte. One of the questions that our Clients often ask as they review their strategic management process is whether they should buy or build in their KPI management software. Buy or Build KPI software? At Intrafocus, we understand where the desire to buy a...

Spider Impact is Available

Spider Impact is Available

Winchester, England. September 25th, 2020. Intrafocus is delighted to announce the availability of Spider Strategies® strategic performance management system, Spider Impact™. Spider Impact™ is a strategic performance management system, written by Spider Strategies®,...

Are you a Strategic Thinker?

Are you a Strategic Thinker?

by Clive Keyte. Are you a strategic thinker? Welcome to the third and final instalment of our mini-series on Strategic Thinking, so far we have looked at Innovation and the Blue Ocean Strategy. Today we're going to put strategic theories and models to one side for a...

Blue Ocean Strategy

Blue Ocean Strategy

by Clive Keyte. Welcome to the second in our latest series of articles on Strategic Thinking. Last time we looked at Innovation. Today, we are going to look at the Blue Ocean Strategy and a Strategy Canvas Blue Ocean Strategy The Blue Ocean strategy describes how...

Strategic Thinking – Innovation

Strategic Thinking – Innovation

by Clive Keyte Welcome to the latest in our short series of strategic business topics. In this series, we will look at strategic thinking, and focus in turn on three key areas; the first being innovation. The value of innovation A culture of innovation is vital for...

Quality Index

Quality Index

In our current series of articles, we're looking at a few well-known KPIs and focusing on each one in turn. So far we've reviewed customer satisfaction and financial KPIs, and today we're going to look at quality - and the concept of a quality index. Why you need to...

Financial KPIs

Financial KPIs

This is the second article in our series of Key Performance Indicators that all businesses need to understand, and we'll be focusing on those all-important financial KPIs. Making it personal As we said in our first topic on customer satisfaction measures, we never...

Customer Satisfaction

Customer Satisfaction

by Clive Keyte Customer Satisfaction Customer Satisfaction - In our next series of articles, we're going to look at a selection of well known KPIs and focus on each in turn. We will examine why the KPI should be included in your set. But first, let's touch on why it...

SpaceX – Seven Steps to Success

SpaceX – Seven Steps to Success

by Clive Keyte SpaceX On May 30th, Elon Musk's company, SpaceX successfully launched two astronauts into space with a huge degree of global interest. The commercial business already has a long line of 'firsts' to its name, and its successes have inspired business...

Business and Employee Management

Business and Employee Management

by Clive Keyte As a manager of an organisation, you will naturally be focused on both business and employee management issues. From setting KPIs to holding appraisals, these twin activities will take up a sizeable chunk of your time, effort and resources. But what...

COVID-19 Working from Home

COVID-19 Working from Home

by Clive Keyte As the UK gets to grips with the reality of the COVID-19 national lockdown, it has been interesting to see the effects on daily working patterns. For example, the Intrafocus team tends to do most of its work online. Our strategy consultants are...

What is Benchmarking?

What is Benchmarking?

by Clive Keyte Benchmarking - We're on to the final instalment in our series about strategic planning tools. So far we have looked at useful models such as Porter's Five Forces, SWOT analysis and PESTLE analysis and looked at how businesses can employ them to create...

Porter’s Five Forces

Porter’s Five Forces

by Clive Keyte It's time to continue our strategic planning series, as we look at the variety of tools that are available to companies when they progress their strategy. This time, we turn our attention to Porter's Five Forces. As we said before, these tools are not a...

What is Gap Analysis?

What is Gap Analysis?

What is Gap Analysis? - In this series, we have been looking closely at strategic management and some of the tools that exist to help managers in their strategic planning and implementation. Today, we'll turn our attention to Gap analysis. As with the other tools we...

What is SWOT Analysis?

What is SWOT Analysis?

What is SWOT? - We continue our article series that looks at strategic management and some of the useful strategic tools that exist to help take their strategic processes forwards. Previously, we looked at the popular PESTLE tool. Today we will turn our attention to...

What is PESTLE?

What is PESTLE?

PESTLE - In this series of articles, we are looking closely at strategic management and some of the useful tools or frameworks that organisations use to help implement and manage their business strategies. One of the best known of these tools is PESTLE. Now, it can be...

What is Strategic Management?

What is Strategic Management?

Welcome to our latest article series where we deep-dive into a number of linked topics on strategic management. Firstly, we'll take a look at what strategic management actually is, before moving on to look at the most commonly used strategic analysis tools: PESTLE,...