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Executive Alignment

Communicate Strategy for Effect

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Only 27% believe US CEO’s are credible Edelman 2012 Trust Barometer1 With so little belief in CEO’s these days, we have our work cut out for us when it comes to communicating strategy to the company2.  In fact, sharing strategy is a key message leaders must execute with precision to ensure alignment in the organization3.  [...]


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Enterprise Analysis Framework- Planning for outcomes

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“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything” Dwight D. Eisenhower1 As we work through strategy, there is a natural cascade, or progression, from “why” to “what” to “how”.  We need to drive the directional thinking (“why” and “what”) down into execution (“how”) because, and we should keep reminding ourselves of this, at the end of [...]


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Change Leadership II- Understanding Kotter

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“Time is the friend of the wonderful business, the enemy of the mediocre.” Warren Buffett Buffett reminds us, and we should never forget, the reason we change over time is to deliver better business outcomes, to build business capability more in line with competitive needs, and to be the wonderful business.  Also, with the increasing [...]


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The Strategy Stack

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“Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”  Albert Einstein Seldom do we have the opportunity to help a client with strategic architecture from a clean slate as we recently completed with ABC.  More typically we have used a comprehensive view, our strategy-paksm, [...]


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A Working Definition of Strategy

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Everyone knows what strategy is.  Just ask them.  The difficultly we typically encounter is no one group, dare we say no two individuals, share the same definition. This is the issue we have faced over and over again.  With our clients, we could expend literally days of team time discussing the “s” word.  While this [...]


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Unpacking Strategy

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About 15 years ago we were working together at a rapidly expanding management consulting firm.  One of our issues was aligning a diverse group of seasoned consultants around a definition of strategy and its component parts.  You know the drill… “Does the mission statement inform the vision,  or is it the other way around?”  We [...]


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Best Thought Leadership in Social Business Elements for 2011

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We thought you might like to see some of what has influenced our thinking this year, and how we think these concepts will impact business improvement efforts in 2012 and beyond. The following are our favorite thought provoking articles, books and web-based tidbits from this past year.  Six topics span a wide range of perspectives: [...]


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Durable Capabilities Required for Social Business Success (5i’s)

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Faster, Better and Different!  Table-stakes in today’s competitive environment. Your go-to-market delivery must be flexible and aspire to one-to-one marketing, sales and service- to meet your customer’s uniquely individual needs and preferences.  The hardened silos of the traditional enterprise, the management we all know from the industrial age, is not enough. “The problems that exist [...]


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Alignment- The concept of one

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Relatively early in my general management consulting career I gravitated to the complexity required for enterprise-level change.  Since then I have practiced and studied a number of the academics, the books and the techniques required to bring about change- large and small.  One theme common to all is alignment. Alignment of the executives, sponsor and [...]


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Can Social Media Drive Enterprise Change?

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RISING IMPORTANCE OF SOCIAL MEDIA The pressures on today’s organization have been well documented; simply stated, the pace of change has begun to outstrip the enterprise’s capacity and capability to change. Some 83% of CEOs expect to face the need for substantial change, not “single-axis” change, but complex change. These same CEOs report that fewer [...]


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