The Starting Point

“Strategic planning is worthless – unless there is first a strategic vision.” – John Naisbitt Last week in this space the conversation was around the idea that at some point everybody has to stop [...]


Planning for Perfection

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” – Dwight Eisenhower One of the things I’ve heard leaders say a lot over the past two strange [...]


Think it Through, Plan it Out

“The nicest thing about not planning is that failure comes as a complete surprise rather than being preceded by a period of worry and depression.” – John Harvey-Jones With all the craziness that [...]


You Can’t Do It All

“The problem is not making up the steps but deciding which ones to keep.” – Mikhail Baryshnikov I’m fortunate in my career to spend a lot of time helping businesses develop strategy and plan for [...]


Yes, You Should Be Talking About Strategy

“You may not be interested in strategy, but strategy is interested in you.” – Leon Trotsky It goes without saying that we live in a world of rapid, major, sometimes overwhelming change.  Very few [...]


Let It Go

“Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” – Erich Fromm One of the more common reasons I hear from leaders for why their organizations haven’t made a particular change or [...]


What’s Filling Your Day?

“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” – Fyodor Dostoevsky Most people who lead businesses are extremely gifted, great learners, willing to try new things, open to new [...]


3 Thoughts On Planning & Agility

“It’s a bad plan that admits of no modification.” – Publilius Syrus One of the parts of my career I enjoy the most is helping organizations plan for their future. One of the parts that’s less [...]


3 Thoughts About Planning

“Our company has a short range and a long range plan. Our short range plan is to stay afloat long enough to make it to our long range plan.” – Anonymous One of the challenges I hear leaders [...]


No Results = No Success

“However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results.” – Winston Churchill I’ve spent some time lately speaking with various groups about change, things that drive [...]

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