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Is Context the Missing Piece in Your Strategic Thinking?

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Let me know if this rings true for you. You are in a conference room (or now in a virtual meeting) where a team member presents a slide of data in a teeny-tiny font. You think you have seen these slides before, yet your eyes strain to identify the piece of data the presenter is discussing.

The Risks of Postponing Strategic Planning in 2021

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2020 challenged our tactical brilliance, but it was not the year to engage in strategic planning. So, as we begin 2021, many leadership groups wonder if they should re-engage their long-term planning efforts. Strategic Planning


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Why your 2021 needs a Strategic Assessment, strategic plan, or not.

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2020 was a horrible year. The massive changes and uncertainty destabilized everything, the least of which was our ‘planning and managing disciplines.’ As we enter our second year of this global pandemic, leaders are asking us, “It is time to get planning back on track?”.

Time to Get Back-On-Track with Strategic Planning?

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This year has been full of ups and downs for all of us. This roller coaster has taken a toll on long-range planning efforts, and rightly so. But, as we enter our second year of this pandemic, leadership folks have to wonder, are we there yet? Can we get back to our strategic planning?

Is Your IoT Pilot in Danger?

Take our short quiz to determine if your IoT pilot is set up for success, or at risk of being delayed.

How to Discern Operational Targets from Strategic Objectives.

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If it is the start of a new year, it is goal setting time. If you are like most, you reviewed how well you performed against last year’s goals and then updated this year’s objectives with incremental adjustments and made a renewed commitment to keep them top of mind throughout the year.

Break the Cycle of Setting and Forgetting this year's strategic goals

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The start of a year provides an ideal opportunity to define new goals and set a new course for the coming year, and no year has been more anticipated than the start of 2021.

Our new normal: how we have responded to these strange times.

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Welcome to our new conference room, playground, living room, gym, and oh yeah, COVID-veggie-garden. Like many of you, we have been struggling to figure out how to prevail during these stranger-than-strange times. Normally our business cycle has a consistent seasonality.

Virtual Meeting Burnout - three causes and how to combat them

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Pandemic or not, businesses need to review plans for their next year. Leadership teams must think through how the world has changed and how they will respond to thrive and grow regardless. Teams must breakdown their goals and build collaborative plans to meet or exceed them.

New Remote Working Standards for Planning

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Large group strategic planning meetings are typically conducted away from the office to foster an environment where folks engage with each other differently.

Learn why the pandemic should not disrupt your strategic management.

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Mid-year usually is the time to review progress against goals, and update your strategic thinking, given new changes to your plan assumptions. Is a mid-year check-in against plans relevant given the sweeping changes we are experiencing with this global pandemic?

Rightpoint Launches Cadillac's Reimagined In-Vehicle Experience

Every company is either an experience company today or will need to reinvent themselves to become one. Learn how Cadillac is using research, experience design and organizational change to deliver a next-generation user experience.

Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Strategic Thinking: All the same?

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Thinking is very trendy these days. There are multiple articles promoting design thinking, the value of systems thinking and the need for greater strategic thinking skills, but are these all the same thing? No, not really. Strategic Thinking

We are Crushing the Curve, Now What?

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My grandparents had twelve children. Like many of their friends and family members, they married and started their family in the early days of the Great Depression. They had a farm so they could feed their ever-growing brood. They struggled, but so did everyone else.

Is your glass half empty or half full?

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This last year was an ambitious year for Focused Momentum ®. We celebrated our 20th year in business. We expanded our content and programs and also worked with a bunch of new folks on their strategic plans. Yet, as the year drew to a close, I felt defeated. I wanted to do so much more!


Want to engage future leaders? take a seat.

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Raise your hand if you were alive on November 22, 1963. I recently posed this question to a conference room of 30 senior executives and board members.

How to turn a budget cut into a strategic thinking opportunity.

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As the fiscal year ends, the planning teams wrap up the annual planning and distribute next year’s budgets. Ideally, this would be a time of excitement as each new year brings new challenges and new opportunities.

How Micro-Innovations Can Drive Breakaway Results

How do micro-innovations affect businesses' way of thinking? Those small acts of 'everyday innovation' are the stuff of greatness. Download the eBook today to learn more about micro-innovations and how they have influenced some of the biggest companies to date.

Dealing with the Coronavirus Disruption

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I have a good friend just about to retire. In a text exchange over the last week, I inquired " Still set for the move? " His response. " Yes, the movers are scheduled, and I plan to give notice at the end of this month, only I look at my investment portfolio daily. Maybe I should wait.".

Are Your Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Strategic?

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Plans are set, goals are defined, budgets are negotiated, and a new year begins. Teams review their goals, their budget, and go right back to focusing on what their priorities were last year. Sound familiar?

Too Many Goals! Apply strategic thinking to motivate not overwhelm.

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“What are the greatest challenges you face?”. This was the question I posed to stimulate a brainstorming exercise during a recent Strategic Thinking Workshop. Too many goals. We have too many goals put upon us.” Said one soft-spoken participant. Heads of the other participants nodded in agreement.

Why is Strategic Thinking Important - now more than ever

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For years “strategic thinking” has been reserved for executive team meetings or board rooms as part of a firm’s strategic planning process. However, the highly dynamic environments we operate in today means that the assumptions and agreements that form the basis of strategic plans can shift dramatically between these highly structured planning process. Strategic Thinking

Leading Advertising and Analytics Company Outperforms With a Graph Database

Xandr, a division of AT&T, has built an identity graph that connects information on people, households, and more. The company is using this graph to provide advertisers an ability to deliver commercials more successfully than ever before. Learn more.

How to look for strategic business partners?

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Partnering has become a favored strategy to achieve growth goals. Favored because it is often faster to partner than to take the time to build what someone else has established and in today’s world speed to implement can be the difference between success and failure. However, not every possible partner is the right strategic partner for your future success and partnering without thinking about it deeply can be catastrophic. Strategic Thinking

4 Disciplines Essential to Strategy Implementation

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With a strategic plan complete, the leadership challenge switches from strategic thinking to strategic management. Fundamental to the successful management of a new strategic direction is an organization's ability to guide strategy implementation while managing the current plans and commitments. In this series, I will take you through four steps to guide any organization through the first critical months of strategy implementation. Strategic Management

How to hire your next strategic planning consultant?

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Bringing an outside expert in to assist a strategic planning effort is typically a significant consulting investment for an organization. Looking at multiple candidates, checking references and conducting a panel style interview are all key tactics to use to select the best fit for your organization, but there are specific things to look for when seeking help developing strategy

3 Questions That May Reveal Your Hidden Strategist

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This week, I was a guest on Dov Baron ’s Leadership and Loyalty podcast. This was truly an honor because Dov’s podcast has been ranked as the #1 top podcast on leadership by Inc Magazine. It was also a delight because Dov has a unique and genuine voice in the leadership development field. He explores the questions under the challenges all leaders face in striving to become a great leader. If Dov is new to you, check out Dov’s The Leadership and Loyalty Podcast. Strategic Thinking

Extending the Reach of HR: Supporting and Sourcing Remote Talent

Speaker: Karen Lim, Alliance Academy

The concept of Global HR is becoming more common as more companies become permanently remote. As companies expand their talent-bases beyond borders, HR reps will bear the responsibilities that come along with it. Adapting to different cultures, distances, and legal implications whilst preserving core company values is essential. Once you can do this, the world becomes your oyster. Join Karen Lim of Alliance Academy, and learn to thrive in a remote-first mindset.

Sustain Strategic Focus: Align with External Cycles

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Gaining a different perspective and discovering new influences on success are ideal outcomes of a robust strategic planning process. However, they don’t have to be packed away as you document your plan and move into implementation. The teams that immediately work to change their operational planning to include newly discovered external influences are better able to sustain strategic focus and accelerate performance against strategic goals.

An Obstacle to Resolve or a Bona Fide Emerging Issue?

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A measure of strategic management capabilities is how well a leadership team can balance responding to market conditions and staying focused on achieving objectives set out in a long-range strategic plan. Testing of this balancing act starts in the early months of implementing a new strategic direction as operational teams start digging into new objectives. Strategic Management

Commitment to Success; Make Tough Decisions Early

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While it is true that one of the benefits of investing the time to define a clear strategic direction is that it helps in decision-making, it is also true that it does not make decisions. That is the job of leadership. Strategic Management

Target personal strategic performance

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The optimism of a new year can quickly vanish when teams turn from planning to managing. The demands of managing transactions and interactions take over focus and attention to longer-term, more strategic goals wanes. When the organizational goals are set, inertia puts pressure to shift back to the status quo. Slipping back into the “comfort zone is sometimes fostered by leaders stepping back during the implementation of a new strategic direction. Strategic Management

5 Reasons Leaders Invest in Language Training

Communication is the lifeforce of any company. Without it, productivity, employee happiness, and ultimately your business suffers. Investing in language learning better positions global business leaders to see gains in organizational effectiveness as a result.

Connect Progress with the Plan at Mid-Year.

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Leading a project, team, or company can feel all-consuming. There is so much time and attention taken by planning and managing that the equally important role of communicating is given short shrift. The pressure on time and attention is unusually high during the first phase of the strategy implementation when demand increases to manage the existing business while completing detailed planning to achieve future goals.

3 ways to put your mission statement to work

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A mission statement can inspire and fulfill a unique role in your strategic management toolkit , but they often play a boring role in the organizations that have them. I confess, I too tend to overlook the mission statement when developing strategy with leadership teams, but it is NOT because I don't understand their strategic importance. It is because when given the chance, groups tend to want to spend our precious strategic thinking time wordsmithing.

Don’t Bite! Your mantra to successfully lead strategy implementation.

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If you are like most of us, building something you're proud of makes you excited to share it. But in strategy development, the enthusiasm of working hard to create brilliant new thinking can quickly fade when you get to the implementation phase. The initial optimism can turn to frustration and despair if you let it get picked apart in service to protecting the status quo. But this does not have to happen, simply don't bite. Strategic Management

Why do so many executives hate annual planning?

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“ It just sucks. Every year we try to make improvements, and it gets better, but it still sucks.”. A sentiment expressed by the CEO of a successful and fast-growth technology company on a conference panel last month. The other panelist, also CEOs and senior executives of growing companies, nodded agreement. What was the focus of their shared disdain? Their firm’s annual planning process. But why ? Strategic Planning

The Best Sales Forecasting Models for Weathering Your Goals

Every sales forecasting model has a different strength and predictability method. It’s recommended to test out which one is best for your team. This way, you’ll be able to further enhance – and optimize – your newly-developed pipeline. Your future sales forecast? Sunny skies (and success) are just ahead!

Are you missing the Forest for the Trees?

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Data is front and center in today’s management team meetings. Executives report spending more and more time pouring over their dashboards and analyzing variances from performance targets. They now have unbelievable performance transparency filling a vast array of reporting and real-time portals from every function, activity, and transaction. With so much focus on managing performance, are teams at risk of missing important success indicators missing from their data? Strategic Management

Renew Strategic Thinking without Rewriting your Strategic Plan

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Strategic thinking requires a shift in mindset from the problem-solving, now-oriented practice relied upon to manage transactions to a less linear, more chaotic future-oriented process in which problem-solving structures reaches their limits. Because making this mental and process shift is difficult when managing operations, time to take on more complex planning discussions is frequently labeled “strategic planning.”

Does a strategic plan limit you?

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The short answer? Is that a bad thing? Limitations can be a good thing. They can provide a healthy structure that improves responsiveness to change. Strategic Management

Five Leadership tips to Strengthen Strategic Results

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Creating a winning strategic plan is awesome. You feel great, your team is motivated, and you see renewed passion and commitment to shared success. Strategic Management

11 Ways to Make a Short Remote Design Thinking Project a Success

You can achieve a huge amount in a short period with a virtual design thinking project. While some teams want to come together for several weeks or months to tackle a challenge, others want to run short, sharp projects to find a quick solution. And with the right preparation, attitude, and structure in place, that's totally possible.To help make sure your short innovation projects are a success, download this free guide from the team at Sprintbase, a virtual design thinking platform, to learn their top tips.