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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, Business news, 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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University of Minnesota Head Coach PJ Fleck Demonstrates Building Culture

[fa icon="calendar'] August 10 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Business news, Leadership, culture

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We talk about using culture to support behaviours as being a part of the strategic planning process.

It's the difference between talking the talk and walking the walk. The part of that that really makes a big difference is rewarding the walk.

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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, Business news

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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. 

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In the Age of Talent, How Do You Keep Your Best People?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 05 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Human Resources- HR, Business news, culture

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You spend money on technology. You spend money on sales and marketing. You spend money on real estate and office space.  What about the money that you're spending on your people?

I'm not talking swag, and I'm not even talking about training. I'm talking about the money you spend on your workforce to help them be successful and happy in your organization.

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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, Business news, 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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The Latest Strategic Planning News: This Month In Strategy - March 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] March 18 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Business news, Leadership, 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, Business news, 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" with valuable information from an economic perspective (and also from strategic planning and scenario planning perspectives). 

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