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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Why is Regular Strategic Planning Imperative for Tech-Sector Success?

[fa icon="calendar'] October 22 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, alignment, strategic priorities

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Every business will see benefits from regular strategic plan development. However, organizations that operate within fast-paced industries, such as the technology sector, will see additional benefits from shorter intervals between planning sessions. 

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Communication Strategy: 5 Ways You Can Share Your Strategic Plan

[fa icon="calendar'] February 20 / by Anthony Taylor posted in strategic management, Leadership, alignment, organizational development, communications, Strategic planning

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You and your team have gone through the process of creating a strategic plan, and now you need a strategy for how you're going to share the plan with your team and stakeholders. 

Communicating your vision, mission, and strategy one time is not enough. You need to constantly and consistently engage your team in the direction of the organization and continuously communicate how you (the people and the organization) will get there and why this is important. 

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Is Your Organization Aligned? If Not, Here's How You Can Get There

[fa icon="calendar'] January 29 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in alignment, Strategic planning, Leadership, culture

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In other posts, we have talked about the importance of regular strategic planning sessions. While strategy sessions are important, the first step to take is to align your people. When your team understands your organization's vision, mission, values and goals, every decision they make can be aligned with these important aspects of your business. Alignment helps to reduce or eliminate cross-departmental and team silos, resulting in better communication between your people, which will help them better implement the strategic plan. 

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How to Create Openness & Teamwork With Your Strategy - Interview With John Pankert

[fa icon="calendar'] January 22 / by Anthony Taylor posted in culture, Business management, podcast, Leadership, alignment

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Director of Strategy for Havas Montreal, John Pankert, joined us to chat on our Strategy and Leadership podcast. Havas is one of the biggest advertising groups in the world, and they work with integrated campaigns and a variety of clients on digital products and projects.

There are 70 people in the Montreal office, including advertising teams, front and back end developers, content creators, and an in-house strategy team. There are six people on the strategy team who are able to  work with diverse strategy needs a client might have. John and his team help clients define their strategy and positioning, create team buy-in, and then build the organization's branding and positioning from that strategy. 

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What My Personal Trainer Taught Me About Strategy and Alignment

[fa icon="calendar'] January 15 / by Anthony Taylor posted in alignment, strategy, culture

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Last week I started working with a personal trainer (My fiance wants me to get into wedding shape, and apparently round is not an acceptable shape).

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Aligning Your Strategy, Performance and People: Interview with Julie Carbone

[fa icon="calendar'] May 24 / by Anthony Taylor posted in podcast, alignment, Strategic planning

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Julie Carbone, the Associate Director of Strategy at OMD Montreal, joined us to chat about aligning teams with organizational strategy and performance. When working with external clients in the world of advertising and marketing, there are two strategies to consider: both yours and theirs. It is important to work together and communicate with internal teams, as well as client teams. 
Get 15 Questions to Ask Your Team - Strategic Planning QuestionnaireSome great topics Julie chats about include: 

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If you don't have a facilitator, you are the facilitator. Interview with Charles Jessup

[fa icon="calendar'] May 02 / by Anthony Taylor posted in facilitation, podcast, communication, alignment

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In this interview, I chatted with Charles Jessup, who is an internal facilitator for an Oil and Gas company in Texas. On a daily basis, Charles leads and facilitates meetings, workshops and events  for internal managers and leaders within the company, looking to improve their side of the organization. By working with a facilitator, these managers gain a variety of benefits such as:

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