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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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Mission Statements Give Your Team Purpose: Here's How to Make a Powerful One.

[fa icon="calendar'] March 03 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Business strategy, Leadership, culture, strategy

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Last night my neighbour who is a journalist popped by our apartment in Brooklyn and I asked her what the sentiment is like for journalists in light of the recent political events and fake news.

She shared that the journalist community has been unified around their mission and the industry is emboldened around their purpose.

It got me thinking about the power of mission statements.

Many organizations look at mission statements as either a marketing exercise, or as simply a requirement as part of their strategic planning process.

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This Month in Strategy - January 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] January 29 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy, scenario planning

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It's one of the best times of the year to hone in on your strategy; the winter holidays have ended and we're a full month into the new year. For many organizations, January and February are fairly quiet, thus a great time to align your team, and plan for the year ahead. 

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Scenario Planning in an uncertain future

[fa icon="calendar'] January 24 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Business strategy, scenario planning

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Change seems to happen faster than we can imagine.

Your family changes, technology changes, and it feels like things change faster by the day. (Where did this last week go?)

Sometimes it feels like we're caught off guard by these changes and are reacting instead of being prepared for what's coming next.

The good news is that you can identify and prepare for changes by using tools like trend analysis, risk analysis, and scenario planning.

These tools are valuable for non profits , for profits, and government to plan for the future.

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This Month in Strategy - September 2016

[fa icon="calendar'] September 29 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy, gloabl strategy

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The end of the fiscal year is approaching and it's certainly a busy time for strategic planning. This September, we've compiled the latest blogs, articles and strategy examples from the past month that will help shed light on the strategic planning process, from team buy-in to strategy execution. 

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Top 10 Articles and Resources that Will Help Guide Your Strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] September 24 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy

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Creating a strategy can be daunting - especially if you're not sure where to begin. Whether you have the resources and staff in house or are looking to work with outside contractors, these articles and resources share best practices that will help you evaluate, create and execute a strategic plan, while also creating alignment and getting buy in from your team. 

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