Make It Matter

“Predicting rain doesn’t count.  Building arks does.” – Warren Buffett One of the things you’re supposed to do as a leader is think about the future.  It’s why there are so many [...]


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 [...]


Everything Has An Impact

“If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today.  As of this second, quit doing less-than-excellent work.” – Thomas Watson One thing I hear almost every organization talk about is [...]


Plan to Adapt

“It’s a bad plan that admits of no modification.” – Publilius Syrus It’s the understatement of the year to say that we live in a world that’s constantly changing.  Right now, most leaders feel [...]


Find What You’re Looking For

“Now is no time to think of what you do not have.  Think of what you can do with what there is.” – Ernest Hemingway Thinking about and planning for the future sounds like something we should do [...]


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 [...]


Good and Bad

“Here is the world.  Beautiful and terrible things will happen.  Don’t be afraid.” – Frederick Buechner Last week in this space we talked about finding your passion and then spending your energy [...]


Pushing Through the Fog

“There is no such thing as a foreseeable future.” – David McCulloch One of the frustrations I hear from leaders on a regular basis is that, right now, the future seems so uncertain.  I understand [...]


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 [...]

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