Strategic Planning and Management Insights

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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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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Using Behaviour Styles to Get Alignment for Your Strategic Goals

[fa icon="calendar'] May 16 / by Grace Lu posted in Strategic planning

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Business Chemistry is a method of identifying behaviour styles that has emerged to promote use of common language to discuss differences, appreciate why certain challenges are more difficult, and recognize how to turn differences into assets.

We find that this objective is even more relevant when seeking alignment in strategic planning, a problem faced by 25% of professionals we’ve talked to.

Although personality tests are often discredited for lack of scientific backing, the data behind behaviour on team culture is significant. 50% of people in Harvard Business Review’s survey on behaviour styles in the workplace said that their “opposite” styles are the least enjoyable to work with.

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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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What is Strategic Planning Facilitation? (and why it will save you money)

[fa icon="calendar'] April 19 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning

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Strategic planning facilitation is when you hire a facilitator from outside your organization to lead your strategic planning meeting for you.

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The Importance of Story Telling and Your Strategy: Interview with Greg Oyhenart

[fa icon="calendar'] April 14 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning

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Greg Oyhenart, the senior VP of Corporate Development and the Chief Strategy Officer of a BC financial institution, joined us to chat about developing strategy and leading teams. Greg has worked with a variety of orgnizations, from small businesses to midsize enterprises, across a variety of sectors. Through this, he has found parallels across industires for the best ways to lead teams, manage organizations, and implement strategy. Taking strategy back to simplicity, Greg references the father of modern management, Peter Drucker, and some of his key secrets that still work, over 40 years later. 

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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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This Month In Strategy - March 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] March 18 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, team building

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We’re nearing the official end of Winter (in the Northern Hemisphere at least), and most of us throughout North America have seen some strange and extreme weather this year. It can be tough to focus on strategy and team building when the days are cold and dark.

People may feel busy, tired, and overwhelmed and just want to rush home at the end of the day. It’s important to remember that even in the darkest winter months, relationship building and keeping a focus on your strategy and team is as important as ever.

This month, I’ve chosen some fun articles and podcasts about strategy, decision making, leadership and team building. Remember: without your people, you can’t execute a strategy!

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Analysis: State of the World in 2016 Video Blog

[fa icon="calendar'] February 19 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, scenario planning, global strategy

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The World Economic Forum released an article called "The State of the World in 2016 in Charts" that shares valuable information from an economic perspective and also from strategic planning and scenario planning perspectives. 

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