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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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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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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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What you can take out of Google's people strategy for your small business

[fa icon="calendar'] June 28 / by Grace Lu posted in Strategic planning, Business management, Business strategy

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Businesses are quick to reward strong financial performance, but often fail to make the same investments in human capital. As a strategy analyst, I’ve found that while strategy should be backed by strong financials, it is even more heavily driven by the people.

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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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Working With Mediocrity, Millennials, and Technology: This Month in Strategy April 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] April 21 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy, Leadership, team building, management

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The Importance of Culture in Fostering Organizational Growth: Interview with Jane Watson

[fa icon="calendar'] April 04 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Business strategy, Leadership, culture

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Jane Watson,the Head of People at Actionable (actionable.co), chatted with us about organizational culture, and its relationship with strategy. With experience across many sectors, Jane has worked with a multitude of teams and people, and has worked in the HR sphere for over 15 years. When it comes to organizational culture, there are a few key takeaway learnings: 
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  • Culture cannot be created or simply redesigned; it's not a top down decision. Culture manifests through a reciprocal process, and can be fostered and adjusted through communication, collaboration, and behavior reinforcements. 
  • Fostering a culture that reflects your organizational values and strategy is important. Make sure to reward behaviors that encourage what you're trying to accomplish. 
  • Treat your team like responsible adults; that's what they are. 
  • Rather than acting as an enforcement arm, leadership teams, management and HR, should instead work together with teams to support their growth. 

Listen to our full podcast interview with Jane Watson below, where she goes into depth about the importance of aligning strategy, performance and your team.  

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Spring Strategy Survey - Win a Coaching Call

[fa icon="calendar'] April 01 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy

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Spring is a great time to revisit your organizational strategy. Whether you're wanting a complete overhaul, or are looking for new ways to engage your employees and improve your culture, aligning your team on your organization's mission, vision and goals is a great place to start. 

We want to hear how we can best help you achieve your strategic planning goals this season. We've put together a short, three question survey, that takes one minute to fill out. All completed surveys will be entered into a draw for a free one hour strategy coaching call. Draw will take place April 17th. 

Fill out the survey & enter the draw!

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