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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Developing a Strategy for Constant Change - Interview with Jeong Pyon

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Leadership, Change management, podcast

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In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Jeong Pyon who is the Senior Manager of Group Strategy for an international hotel chain in Vancouver.  Hotel strategy is intertwined with revenue management, with the primary goal focusing on booking rooms to the right market segment. To best achieve this, group strategy managers must understand at both transient and group demands and how to plan strategically around these segments.

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Creating an Inclusive Strategy and Onboarding Your Team: Interview with Neelima Firth

[fa icon="calendar'] December 21 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, Change management, alignment, podcast

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 Neelima Firth has a long background in strategy; starting in biotech and pharmaceuticals, managing small and medium businesses, consulting, and eventually joining the board of the Association of Strategic Planning have led to Neelima becoming greatly experienced in the world of organizational strategy. 

In this interview, Neelima speaks about the importance of inclusion within strategy. Rather than a top down approach, it's better to have your employees and team members participate in the planning process as soon as possible to help create a greater buy-in and a goal oriented company culture.

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Keys to success in culture change and strategy with Alexa Pitoulis.

[fa icon="calendar'] December 12 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Change management, strategic management, culture, podcast

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Alexa Pitoulis is a change management consultant in Vancouver who spent the past few years growing and scaling a non profit called Open Media.

Many of the keys to success in their strategic planning success were transparency, communication and culture change.

In this interview, Alexa speaks about the importance of strategy while managing growth within an organization, as well as crafting organizational culture, while creating a great experience for your people. 

Learn about her strategic planning process, and her best practices for creating culture.

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How to use values to change behaviour

[fa icon="calendar'] November 21 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Change management, culture, organizational development

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As a leader, it's your job to get your people to be on the same page and all moving in the same direction. That's why as part of your strategic plan, you likely took the time to outline your vision, mission and objectives to make sure everyone knows where the organization was trying to go.
 
Through that process, did you ever find there was resistance to the plan or that people didn't know what they should be doing on a day-to-day basis to move forward on this new vision? Or worse, did they just do the same things they did before your strategic planning session (and perhaps the leadership team feels like the time and money spent is wasted)?
 
Getting people on board with your plan is easier said than done. Including your team early on in the process can greatly help increase employee buy-in and follow through as they will understand the organizational mission and values better, and will understand how their action items will move the organization forward. This helps to build accountability, and accountable teams are better equipped to implement strategic initiatives. 
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What Does "Culture Eats Strategy" Mean for You and Your Organization?

[fa icon="calendar'] June 10 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Business strategy, Change management, culture

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Management Guru Peter Drucker famously stated that culture eats strategy for breakfast.

So, What does "culture eats strategy" mean for you and your organization?

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Risk Taking and Innovation, Changing Your Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] September 14 / by Lynn Oucharek posted in Business strategy, Change management, Innovation

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If you’re watching the ongoing shifts in the economy, technology and culture you may be feeling a little dizzy.  For some it’s exciting but there are plenty of moments when it can be almost overwhelming.

You can tell it’s impacting the way you make decisions, and your organization  has no choice but to keep shifting and adjusting along side of your plans. 

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