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Step 2 – Strategy

Nine Steps to Success™ – Step 2 Strategy Strategy is the second step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. Strategy is frequently used to describe a multitude of...

Step 1 – Strategic Assessment

Nine Steps to Success™ - Step 1 Strategic Assessment. Strategic Assessment is the first step of the Balanced Scorecard Institutes framework for strategic planning and management, the Nine Steps to Success™. Prior to embarking on any...

Successful Strategic Planning

Successful strategic planning does not happen by chance. Like any other activity in organisations, large or small, success comes from a disciplined approach. Strategic planning is often the 'poor relation' when it comes to properly defined...

Embedded Dashboards

Most business performance management software packages require users to sign-on to look at useful dashboards. This is no longer the case with QuickScore. A new embedded dashboards function has been added to allow users to quickly and easily take ‘snippets’ or ‘links’...

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...

Executive Commitment Rises by 15%

Press Release: Winchester, England. The Intrafocus Annual Business Scorecard Survey has one more month to run, if you want a copy of the final report be sure to take the survey today. Executive commitment rises by 15%, early analysis has...

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...

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...

Targets and Thresholds

Performance measures are not simply arbitrary measures set up to allow organisations to report on monthly progress. A performance measure, based on a strategic goal, must defined so that it can be easily interpreted and provide valuable...

The Institute Way

Book Review - This month saw the publication of the much anticipated book ‘The Institute Way’. The book promises to ‘Simplify Strategic Planning and Management with the Balanced Scorecard’. It certainly lives up to its promise. It is no...

Communicating Strategic Change

If you are part of an executive team that is asking the question “how can we communicate our strategy” then the chances are you have already left it too late. Strategic change within an organisation or company has a facet that is peculiar to...

Strategy Maps – 5 useful tips

A Strategy Map is a very useful tool for any commercial enterprise or public organisation. It can take many forms; from a classic four perspectives Kaplan and Norton variety to the more esoteric Tesco circle. The primary purpose of a...

Why Red Amber Green (RAG)?

A Key Performance Indicator (KPI) is meaningless unless its value can be compared to something. Without a comparison it is impossible to say if the value is good, bad or indifferent. The comparator could be a target based on previous...

Using History to Set Targets

We live in an age where we are dependent on the immediacy of data we sometimes forget that business performance can only be determined by how well we have done in the past. We are often fighting so many fires we cannot find the time to...

Supply Chain – A Good Lead Indicator

If you are looking for a good lead indicator that can predict the success or failure of your business, then take a good look at how well your supply chain performs. If the relationships with your suppliers are good, then the buying,...

10 Reasons for Balanced Scorecard Automation

Most medium to large organisations still manage their activities in a largely unstructured way. They undertake annual or quarterly ‘strategy’ sessions and monthly reviews and hold weekly status updates. But the content associated with these...

Nowhere to Hide

Life as a manager in any business, small medium or large, often revolves around PowerPoint presentations and Excel spreadsheets. (And of course the ever present e-mail systems, but that is another story). We have been conditioned to believe...

Measure Your Strategy?

Big data might give you a new insight into what the market is doing. Complex BI systems may give you a better understanding of your customers. Your monthly management reports may show that you are running an efficient organisation. All of...

Getting Started for QuickScore

Press Release: Intrafocus has released a set of 'Getting Started for QuickScore' guides for the worlds' leading Balanced Scorecard software. Working from a blank sheet is always a daunting task. User manuals are helpful but often real-life...

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