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Anthony Taylor

Anthony Taylor is thought leader on strategy and leadership. He's a published author on the subject of entrepreneurship and strategy, Anthony can be found doing keynotes in both French and English. You can connect with him on Twitter @anthonyctaylor and have him work with your team on your strategy and organizational development.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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