Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Keys to success in culture change and strategy with Alexa Pitoulis.

[fa icon="calendar'] December 12 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Change management, strategic management, culture

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Alexa Pitoulis is a change management consultant in Vancouver who spent the past few years growing and scaling a non profit called Open Media.

Many of the keys to success in their strategic planning success were transparency, communication and culture change.

In this interview, Alexa speaks about the importance of strategy while managing growth within an organization, as well as crafting organizational culture, while creating a great experience for your people. 

Learn about her strategic planning process, and her best practices for creating culture.

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How to use values to change behaviour

[fa icon="calendar'] November 21 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Change management, culture, organizational development

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As a leader you want your people (i.e. employees, co-workers) to be on the same page and all moving in the same direction. That's why as part of your strategic plan, you took the time to outline your vision, mission and objectives to make sure everyone KNEW where the organization was trying to go.
 
Through that process did you ever find there was resistance to the plan, or that people didn't know what they should be doing on a day to day basis to move forward on this new vision? Or worse, did they just do the same things they did before your strategic planning session and you feel like the time and money you spent were a waste?
 
Getting people on board with your plan is easier said than done. Including your team early on in the process can greatly help increase employee buy-in and follow through as they will understand the organizational values much better. 
 
One tool that we feel is underused in the manager's toolbox is the power of setting the values of the organization.
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What does "culture eats strategy" mean for you and your organization?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 10 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Business strategy, Change management, culture

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Management Guru Peter Drucker famously stated that culture eats strategy for breakfast.

So, What does "culture eats strategy" mean for you and your organization?

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Risk Taking and Innovation, Changing Your Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] September 14 / by Lynn Oucharek posted in Change management, Innovation

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If you’re watching the ongoing shifts in the economy, technology and culture you may be feeling a little dizzy.  For some it’s exciting but there are plenty of moments when it can be almost overwhelming.

You can tell it’s impacting the way you make decisions, and your organization  has no choice but to keep shifting and adjusting along side of your plans. 

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