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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. 

Get 15 Questions to Ask Your Team - Strategic Planning Questionnaire
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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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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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Get What You Want Using Mindful Communication

[fa icon="calendar'] September 06 / by Patricia Lambert posted in team building

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Your Communication Strategy is Part of Business Structure

There are only two kinds of business structure: adequate and inadequate.

In an inadequate structure behaviour and results oscillate, go around in circles and lead to the question, “Haven’t we been here before?” Neither employees nor customers can follow what we’re saying or doing. We’re inconsistent because we ‘communicate’ without thought about purpose, goal and values. We lose sight of what we want people to do with the communication, making the communication a waste of effort.

With an adequate structure the entire business is moving forward, adjusting for bumps in the road and demonstrating resilience. In an adequate structure, behaviour and results evidence common purpose, goals and consistently mindful communication.

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