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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Grace Lu

Grace is a summer strategy analyst studying at the Ivey Business School at Western University. When not researching about strategy pains and gains, Grace can be found eating, picking up languages, and watching dog videos.

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Using Planning to Balance Innovation and Processes: Interview with Rob Attwell

[fa icon="calendar'] July 26 / by Grace Lu posted in Strategic planning, Innovation, podcast

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Rob Attwell, COO of Careteam Technologies, joins us for a chat on the strategies he uses to effectively manage his team and understand his clients. Overloading on processes has been known for slowing down innovation, but Rob talks about how Careteam is able to balance both while scaling up a nine-month start-up. Finally, Rob emphasizes that there is no excuse for not planning for the future.

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5 Ideas to Recognize Your Employees While Saving Costs and Building Engagement

[fa icon="calendar'] July 26 / by Grace Lu posted in Business management, Business strategy, people

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In a survey by OGO, 82% of Americans do not feel recognized for their contributions. Moreover, companies without an employee recognition program report a mean turnover rate 23.4% higher than companies with recognition, according to SHRM’s Globoforce Employee Recognition survey. Many companies struggle with managing their people and culture, but invest very little in the rewards and recognition needed to build it. This blog will highlight key aspects of a successful employee recognition program, and how it can improve engagement, culture, employee retention and ultimately profitability.

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Overcome the Challenges to Strategic Planning- A White Paper on Agile Strategy, Lean Processes and Leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] July 18 / by Grace Lu posted in Business management, Business strategy, Strategy Frameworks

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If you think that strategic planning is tedious, uncertain, and difficult, you certainly aren't the first ones to tell us so. This white paper compiles a list of the 7 most common objections we hear to strategic planning, and uses research and facts to give an objective view on the modern movements and trends in strategy. The aim of this white paper is to show that strategy consultants understand the problems with traditional strategic planning, and that strategy is moving towards mitigating these key concerns. 

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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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SME Strategy Luncheon in Calgary

[fa icon="calendar'] June 28 / by Grace Lu posted in Networking

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Learn what strategic planning can do for your organization over a delicious lunch on the beautiful UCalgary campus.

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Join us on June 29th for the SME Strategy Summer Mingler 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] May 30 / by Grace Lu posted in Networking, vancouver

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Join us on June 29th for one of the quarterly mingler events put on by SME Strategy.

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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 when working with an organization is to understand their problems. Each organization'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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