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How to develop your strategic plan + other strategic planning related questions.

[fa icon="calendar'] October 18 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning

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Developing a strategic plan is a valuable process to have both a strategic planning document that guides the organization, as well as to ask important questions that will allow you to uncover different needs that exist in your organization.

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How to Become a Social Enterprise - Interview with Bob Prenovost

[fa icon="calendar'] October 17 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast

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Bob Prenovost, who is the Managing Principal at Propellor Advisors, joined us on our Strategy & Leadership Podcast to explain the strategic benefits of social enterprises. While we commonly think of a social enterprise as being either a non-profit or a not-for-profit organization, a social enterprise can also be a for-profit company that is committed to a social cause, whether it be for example humanitarian or environmental. Regardless of the sector, Propellor Advisors' mission is to help organizations become social enterprises. 

We asked Bob why organizations might be interested in becoming social enterprises, especially non-profit organizations who might be struggling to retain funding. He explained that government and donor funding is increasingly limited, and not guaranteed, and the continuous search for funding may take more resources and output than income generated in the end. 

Bob walked us through ways that non-profit (and for-profits, too) can become a successful social enterprise: 

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Top 10 Books on Strategy & Leadership: This Month In Strategy, September 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] September 26 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Leadership

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Looking to add to your reading list this fall? We’ve reviewed 10 books on strategy and leadership, and here are our favorites (in no particular order):

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Join us for the SME Strategy Toronto Mingler September the 29th

[fa icon="calendar'] September 19 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Networking, events

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On September 29th we will be heading east to do some stakeholder engagement and we're going to take the opportuntiy to host one of our famous minglers and meet some great folks in Toronto.

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Brock McDonald-Building the system around your strategy.

[fa icon="calendar'] September 14 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, strategic management, podcast, process

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In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, Brock McDonald, the CEO of the Recycling Council of BC, joined us to chat about strategic planning, team building, establishing partnerships and leading initiatives within a non-profit environmental organization. Brock has worked with the Recycling Council of BC since 2003 where their mission is to minimize and eventually eliminate waste. 

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Is Your Organization Ready for a Crisis?         This Month in Strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] August 27 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, scenario planning

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While it is important to have a sound organizational strategy, a roadmap to success for your organization, it’s also important to have a plan for how to handle emergencies along the way. Crisis communication strategies are similar to scenario planning and risk management, but focused on how to handle both the behind the scenes and external communications when big issues arise. 

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What is the Role of a Strategy Leader? Interview with Jonathan Rewers

[fa icon="calendar'] August 16 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy

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In this issue of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we talked with Jonathan Rewers, the Manager of Design Strategy and Delivery at the City and County of San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.  While Jonathan works with a wide variety of projects within his role, his main purpose is to lead teams through the strategy process to provide innovative ideas and solutions for city transportation. In essence, Jonathan is a problem solver. 

During our chat, Jonathan shared information about some of the recent projects he's been working on, and also delved into the following topics: 

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Aug 15th Webinar: Why use a strategic planning facilitator for your next meeting.

[fa icon="calendar'] August 11 / by Anthony Taylor

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Join us on August 15th at 1pm EST/ 10 am PST for a webinar where we will go over the benefits to you and your organization to use a facilitator for your upcoming strategy meeting.

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University of Minnesota head coach PJ Fleck demonstrates building culture.

[fa icon="calendar'] August 10 / by Anthony Taylor

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We talk about using culture to drive behaviors as part of the strategic planning process.

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The Who, What, Where, Why and When of Strategic Planning - This Month in Strategy, July 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] July 27 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning

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When it comes to strategy, many organizations have questions about different stages of the process. Whether you're a seasoned leader who has worked through the strategic planning process, or starting your first organizational strategy, questions may arise along the way. While organizations across sectors and of all sizes should develop a strategic plan, it's not necessarily a one size fits all process.

Who needs a strategy, what should the strategic plan include, where is the best place to hold a strategy meeting, why is strategic planning important, and when should a strategy be created or updated are some common queries that emerge.  

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