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 [...]

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 [...]

The 5 Qualities of Disciplined Strategic Governance

By |2019-06-11T16:00:47+12:00September 27th, 2018|Strategy planning, StrategyBlocks|

The 5 Qualities of Disciplined Strategic Governance The 5 qualities of disciplined strategic governance: Clarity of Communication If people can’t clearly understand the path forward, they will make their own decisions on how best to proceed in business; not all of those decisions will be the right ones. Clearly telling the story of strategy, that [...]

How Versus Why – Comparing Strategies to Focus Areas

By |2019-06-14T12:28:29+12:00July 18th, 2018|Strategy planning, StrategyBlocks|

How Versus Why - Comparing Strategies to Focus Areas Last month I introduced our concept of a 3 dimensional strategy pyramid. To be a complete graphical representation of the complex world of strategic execution, the pyramid requires depth as there are multiple variables needed to measure the quality of execution performance (what we call “strategic [...]

Everyone Needs a Strategy Pyramid

By |2019-05-28T20:19:02+12:00June 27th, 2018|Strategy planning, StrategyBlocks|

Everyone Needs a Strategy Pyramid   When you Google image search “strategy pyramid” not surprisingly you get a vast amount of results; your browser will be chocka with an array of multicolored representations depicting the best way to illustrate a business strategy. So what do they have in common? Apart from the rampant use of [...]

Strategic Waffle Anyone?

By |2019-05-28T20:19:11+12:00May 9th, 2018|Strategy planning, StrategyBlocks|

Strategic Waffle Anyone? The anatomy of a strategic plan is an interesting thing, for the most part they follow a standard approach and framework. At the highest level we have an extremely broad, all encompassing statement. It must be so broad that it encapsulates everything that the organization strives to be and stands for. It [...]

We’ve Agreed on our Strategic Vision, Now What?

By |2019-06-13T15:42:10+12:00April 9th, 2018|Leadership, Strategy planning|

We’ve Agreed on our Strategic Vision, Now What? I have a problem with key performance indicators (KPI’s). Matt Groening and Homer Simpson once famously said “Facts are meaningless. You could use facts to prove anything that's even remotely true!”. I can’t accept an organization can be purely driven by numbers only. There are any number [...]