Strategic Planning and Management Insights

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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Using planning to balance innovation and processes: Interview with Rob Attwell

[fa icon="calendar'] July 26 / by Grace Lu

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Rob Attwell, COO of Careteam Technologies, joins us for a chat on the strategies he uses to effectively manage his team and understand his clients. Overloading on processes has been known for slowing down innovation, but Rob talks about how Careteam is able to balance both while scaling up a nine-month start-up. Finally, Rob emphasizes that there is no excuse for not planning for the future.

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5 ideas to recognize your employees while saving costs and building engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] July 26 / by Grace Lu posted in Business management, Business strategy, people

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In a survey by OGO, 82% of Americans do not feel recognized for their contributions. Moreover, companies without an employee recognition program report a mean turnover rate 23.4% higher than companies with recognition, according to SHRM’s Globoforce Employee Recognition survey. Many companies struggle with managing their people and culture, but invest very little in the rewards and recognition needed to build it. This blog will highlight key aspects of a successful employee recognition program, and how it can improve engagement, culture, employee retention and ultimately profitability.

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How do you know if your strategic plan is working? (City of Vancouver: Greenest City Action Plan case study)

[fa icon="calendar'] July 19 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, case study, strategic priorities

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What's the point of creating a strategic plan if you have no idea what success looks like?

That's why when you create your strategic priorities within your strategic plan you want to attach a Key Performance Indicator (KPI) to each initiative so you can have measurable progress towards your ultimate vision.

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Overcome the Challenges to Strategic Planning- A White Paper on Agile Strategy, Lean Processes and Leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] July 18 / by Grace Lu posted in Business management, Business strategy

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If you think that strategic planning is tedious, uncertain, and difficult, you certainly aren't the first ones to tell us so. This white paper compiles a list of the 7 most common objections we hear to strategic planning, and uses research and facts to give an objective view on the modern movements and trends in strategy. The aim of this white paper is to show that strategy consultants understand the problems with traditional strategic planning, and that strategy is moving towards mitigating these key concerns. 

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Your workplace is a 5 layer dip - Here's how to make it delicious.

[fa icon="calendar'] July 13 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Human Resources- HR, Business strategy, culture, organizational development

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You might wonder why your organization looks like a 5 layer dip. 

Is it because you have different levels of management?
Maybe it’s because you have a few flavours and tastes in your organization?
In this context it’s actually because you could have 5 different possible generations working in your workforce.
You might not have a teen and a 60 old working in the same functions, however it’s very possible that you have 20,30,40,50, 60 somethings working in the same environments and having to communicate and collaborate together.

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Would you lead to a 20 year old the same way you would a 60 year old? 
Does it make a difference if they are 30 or 40? Maybe not for you, and maybe not for the other people being led, but who really know’s what’s going on behind the scenes.
Something to consider is that you have an eclectic mix of ages, genders, cultures and backgrounds that are all coming together for one goal. 
You see, there are layers to this analogy. (pun intended)
Much like a cook needs to balance the flavours and ingredients to create the ideal desired outcome, you as a manager have an opportunity to season your people with training, leadership, compassion, listening, motivation, discipline so that you can create the outcome that you want.
Each ingredient, each person, each group requires something a little different to bring out the best flavours.
Ultimately, you have one goal: Make your dish a success.
I don’t have any specific “advice” to give you about how to manage different groups and what they need to be successful. That’s not what I’m here to do.
My objective is to get you to recognize that all your people have to collaborate and meld together in order for you as a manager or leader to be successful.
How do you make that happen?
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Does Your Organization Know How to Make the Best Decisions? This Month in Strategy - June 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] June 28 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning

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Leaders of organizations of all sizes, across every sector, all have to make decisions. Small and large decisions are made daily, and it's important for leaders to be effective in the process and to avoid decision fatigue. Decision fatigue can occur when there are too many choices to make and the right answer seems impossible to find. By addressing your organization's key decisions in the strategic planning process, you can assess the big issues and lay out a road map for all other choices that may come your way. 

Each organization is different, and each will develop their own way of handling decision-making that works well for them. This month's selection of articles share advice on developing your organizational decision making style, and include information about: knowing how to make effective and objective decisions, understanding when to use emotions in your decision making, learning how to avoid common decision mistakes, and how to make better choices overall. 

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