Strategic Planning and Management Insights

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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Top 10 Books on Strategy & Leadership: This Month In Strategy, September 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] September 26 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Leadership

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Looking to add to your reading list this fall? We’ve reviewed 10 books on strategy and leadership, and here are our favorites (in no particular order):

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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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Is Your Organization Ready for a Crisis?         This Month in Strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] August 27 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, scenario planning

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While it is important to have a sound organizational strategy, a roadmap to success for your organization, it’s also important to have a plan for how to handle emergencies along the way. Crisis communication strategies are similar to scenario planning and risk management, but focused on how to handle both the behind the scenes and external communications when big issues arise. 

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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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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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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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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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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 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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