Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Why is Frequent Strategic Planning Important for Non-Profits? Interview with Cecilia Reyes of the David Suzuki Foundation

[fa icon="calendar'] June 21 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, organizational development, nonprofit

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Cecilia Reyes, the planning and operations manager at the David Suzuki Foundation, joined us to chat about the importance of strategic planning in the non-profit sector. The David Suzuki Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization with a head office in Vancouver, and satellite offices in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Understanding the importance of a well executed strategy for non-profit organizations, especially fairly large ones like the David Suzuki Foundation, Cecilia recently led a strategic planning process to help guide the team and the organization over the next two years. 
Creating a strategic plan? Download our starter kit today!We asked Cecilia to speak to some of her best practices for leading strategy and teams. She shared valuable insights around: 

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Developing Strategic Priorities and Improving Organizational Communication: Interview with Andrew Budkofsky

[fa icon="calendar'] June 07 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast

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In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Andrew Budkofsky, the Chief Revenue Officer (CRO) at Digital Trends. Andrew has a rich background in media and technology, and has worked with cable television, web TV, interactive technologies and sales.

Currently leading the sales team at Digital Trends, Andrew is involved with the latest technologies in the communications and media world. 

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In the age of talent, how do you keep your best people?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 05 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Human Resources- HR, people

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You spend money on technology. You spend money on sales and marketing. You spend money on real estate and awesome office space.  What about the money that you're spending on your people?

I'm not talking swag, and I'm not even talking about training. I'm talking about the money you spend on your workforce to help them be successful and happy in your organization.

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Join us on June 29th for the SME Strategy Summer Mingler 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30 / by Grace Lu posted in Event Marketing, Networking

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Join us on June 29th for one of the quarterly mingler events put on by SME Strategy.

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Why is Team Building an Important Part of Strategic Planning? This Month in Strategy, May 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy, team building

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The strategic planning process is much more than a document that lays out your organization's strategic plan. The process itself begins with your people. By including your team in the process early on, they will better understand your organization's vision, mission and goals. Team buy-in will increase, and your team can effectively execute the strategy.

Rather than looking at the strategic planning process an event that takes place during set intervals of time, say every year, or every four months for example, it's a better idea to see it as a cyclical and agile process. The strategic plan provides a framework, but your team should be nurtured along the way, and ongoing communication will help align your people and strategy. 

The following articles have great information about understanding team dynamics and motivators, as well as helpful information for anyone who is leading a team. 

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Top 3 Strategic Problems and How to Address Them

[fa icon="calendar'] May 25 / by Grace Lu posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy, Leadership

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The first step that any effective strategy facilitator takes is to understand their problems. Every company’s problems are unique, and we always take that into account. However, we’ve gathered data on 500 people and their biggest strategy roadblocks. Over 75% fall into three key buckets: Understanding the process, getting alignment and setting and keeping strategic goals. As understanding the problem is the first step to productive problem solving, this post highlights them and offers tips to help. 

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Aligning Your Strategy, Performance and People: Interview with Julie Carbone

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast

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Julie Carbone, the Associate Director of Strategy at OMD Montreal, joined us to chat about aligning teams with organizational strategy and performance. When working with external clients in the world of advertising and marketing, there are two strategies to consider: both yours and theirs. It is important to work together and communicate with internal teams, as well as client teams. 
View our custom strategic planning tools, templates, and resourcesSome great topics Julie chats about include: 

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Using Behaviour Styles to Get Alignment for Your Strategic Goals

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16 / by Grace Lu posted in Strategic planning

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Business Chemistry is a method of identifying behaviour styles that has emerged to promote use of common language to discuss differences, appreciate why certain challenges are more difficult, and recognize how to turn differences into assets.

We find that this objective is even more relevant when seeking alignment in strategic planning, a problem faced by 25% of professionals we’ve talked to.

Although personality tests are often discredited for lack of scientific backing, the data behind behaviour on team culture is significant. 50% of people in Harvard Business Review’s survey on behaviour styles in the workplace said that their “opposite” styles are the least enjoyable to work with.

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If you don't have a facilitator, you are the facilitator. Interview with Charles Jessup

[fa icon="calendar'] May 02 / by Anthony Taylor posted in meetings

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In this interview, I chatted with Charles Jessup, who is an internal facilitator for an Oil and Gas company in Texas. On a daily basis, Charles leads and facilitates meetings, workshops and events  for internal managers and leaders within the company, looking to improve their side of the organization. By working with a facilitator, these managers gain a variety of benefits such as:

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What Motivates Your People to Do Their Best? Interview with Jeremy Bailey

[fa icon="calendar'] April 24 / by Anthony Taylor

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Jeremy Bailey, the Creative Director for Product at FreshBooks, (an online accounting system for small businesses) joined us to chat about strategy, leadership and culture and how these help influence creativity and customer service. Jeremy shares insights on how critical thinking and team building can help organizations align their teams with their mission, empowering them to make decisions, as the organization grows. 
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