About Craig Catley

Managing Director, StrategyBlocks

Learning Organizations And Its Role In Business Strategy

By |2019-08-30T14:43:19+12:00August 29th, 2019|Strategy planning, StrategyBlocks|

Learning Organizations And Its Role In Business Strategy The Ohs How do you refer to the decade from 2000 to 2010? My personal favorite is the ‘ohs’, so from here on that is what I am going to use. It was a turbulent time for the world, we all witnessed the tragedy of September 11, [...]

Strategy Planning: The Emergence Of Strategic Self-Directed Teams

By |2019-07-30T15:21:42+12:00July 30th, 2019|Strategy planning, StrategyBlocks|

Strategy Planning: The Emergence Of Strategic Self-Directed Teams The World Wide Web Early in the 1990’s, the “web” was fully released to the world. It was fundamentally a collection of linked hypertext documents, indexed and accessible to a vast number of networked computers. For many, the internet ushered in the “information age” a new way [...]

Corporate Culture of the 1980’s Even More Crucial For Business Today

By |2019-06-27T09:57:38+12:00June 27th, 2019|Leadership, Strategy planning|

Corporate Culture of the 1980's Even More Crucial For Business Today The Emergence of Corporate Culture I know the eighties! Perhaps not from a business perspective, but I am a product of the eighties. Big hair, baggy pants, pointy shoes and new romantic pop. It was also an important decade for technology. IBM coined the [...]

Strategic Planning in the Groovy 1970’s

By |2019-06-04T11:35:27+12:00May 30th, 2019|Strategy planning|

Strategic Planning in the Groovy 1970's Last month we covered strategic planning in the swinging Sixties and I discussed Peter Drucker’s philosophy “Management by Objectives”. MBO still has concepts that have survived the decades and continues to offer some value to modern information age companies. However, in the 1970’s, “strategy” started to become a popular [...]

Strategic Fashion Through the Decades, The Swinging Sixties

By |2019-06-11T14:36:07+12:00April 29th, 2019|Strategy planning|

Strategic Fashion Through the Decades, The Swinging Sixties The 1960’s Before we turn our attention to the future of business strategy, I want to start by looking back to the past, starting with the swinging sixties: Elvis Presley, landing on the moon, the Cultural Revolution. The first application of an industrial robot was even introduced [...]

Corporate Politics Attacks Strategic Vision

By |2019-06-13T16:15:48+12:00February 28th, 2019|Leadership, Strategy planning, StrategyBlocks|

Corporate Politics Attacks Strategic Vision Strategically Disengaged We run into this time and time again while talking to businesses about the challenges they are facing when motivating their teams around the strategic plan, and aligning the organization around vision. We understand the concerns of change, as each of us have a way we go about [...]

3 Key Elements to Navigating the Strategy Maze

By |2019-06-11T16:28:40+12:00January 30th, 2019|Strategy planning|

3 Key Elements to Navigating the Strategy Maze Complexity vs Clarity Organizations are faced with a trade-off when considering how they operationalize their strategic plan. Many complex businesses have elements of a matrix structure with multiple lines of accountability; therefore, a department or project may be an ‘enabler’ of multiple high-level strategic goal areas or [...]

2018, An Interesting Year For Strategic Execution

By |2019-06-13T16:05:55+12:00December 19th, 2018|StrategyBlocks|

2018, An Interesting Year For Strategic Execution Throughout 2018 we had many conversations with organizations from a wide range of industries, geographies and sizes, and they all had a similar theme: they asked the same questions, and raised the same concerns about the approach they were taking to strategic execution. Real-time execution The ability to [...]

3 Key Factors in Automating Objectives and Key Results (OKR)

By |2019-06-13T16:10:00+12:00November 29th, 2018|Leadership, StrategyBlocks|

3 Key Factors in Automating Objectives and Key Results (OKR) What is an OKR? OKR (Objectives and Key Results) relies on setting a framework for near and mid-term goals, where the goal is defined as a clear, specific, and achievable objective. It describes “something I am going to do”, which in itself could form a [...]

The Single Most Critical Change Required to Maximize your Corporate Strategy

By |2019-06-13T16:14:06+12:00October 30th, 2018|Leadership, Strategy planning|

The Single Most Critical Change Required to Maximize your Corporate Strategy   Strategy as part of your culture I have heard it a number of times, from different clients, when they say that “StrategyBlocks has formed part of the fabric of their organization”, or “part of their corporate culture”. Regardless of technology, it means the [...]