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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

How to Achieve Competitive Advantage Through Innovation - Guest Article by Julia  Myllylä

[fa icon="calendar'] January 16 / by Julia Myllylä posted in Strategic planning, Innovation, culture, strategy

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Innovation is one of the keys to growing your business and increasing its competitiveness that you can include in your strategic planning process. It can help you to improve your productivity, reduce costs and become more profitable. Because small to mid-sized companies usually aren’t as capable of benefiting from economies of scale to the same extent that big companies can, the ability to innovate becomes even more important.

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How a People First Approach Can Maximize Your Strategy - Interview with Ryan Ouwehand

[fa icon="calendar'] December 04 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Leadership, culture, podcast

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In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, Ryan Ouwehand, joins us to share his tips on motivating teams and leading strategy. With a love of people and a diverse background in sales, marketing, management, and brand strategy, Ryan explains why your people (both employees and clients) and business strategy are so closely linked.

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How to Cultivate a Mindset of Growth Throughout Your Organization

[fa icon="calendar'] November 27 / by Andrew Margison posted in Business strategy, Leadership, culture, Growth

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High Turnover is Bad For Business - Strategic Planning Can Help

[fa icon="calendar'] November 22 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Strategic planning, culture, engagement, accountability

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High turnover is expensive – the time and money invested in staff who have left will need to be invested again for the training of new staff, and there is the additional cost of time and money spent on recruitment and hiring. Additionally, organizational culture and productivity can suffer if staff turnover is frequent. From a capital perspective (both financial and human), it is important for organizations to focus on employee retention as a part of their business strategy.

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Strategic Hiring to Support Your Culture - Interview With Melissa Jaalaid

[fa icon="calendar'] October 08 / by Anthony Taylor posted in culture, podcast

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Melissa Jaalaid joined us for this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast to talk with us about developing strategy and leading teams in the restaurant industry. Melissa is the Director of Growth and Development at the local Vancouver chain, MeeT Restaurants. With a background in communications and human resources, Melissa has a passion for working directly with people and leading growth initiatives within the organization.

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How to develop a culture of success and innovation - Interview with Wesley Middleton

[fa icon="calendar'] July 23 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Leadership, culture, podcast

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In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we spoke with Wesley Middleton, managing partner of MRZ, a certified public accounting firm in Houston, Texas. MRZ is a top 300 firm in the USA, and a top 25 firm in Houston. As a managing partner, Wesley has helped form an organization that is focused on growth and committed to culture – he even wrote a book about it: Violent Leadership: Be a Force for Change: Disrupt, Innovate.

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How to Incorporate Social Learning in the Workplace

[fa icon="calendar'] June 26 / by Anthony Taylor posted in culture, training, organizational development

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One of the building blocks of a successful organization is a unified culture and set of behaviours. 

Every organization, big or small, has behaviours and expectations that are set out and lived by team members. Often times those behaviours are demonstrated by the leadership team first and then modelled by the rest of the team (whether desirable or not). 

Below is an example of how social learning can happen in a negative context: 

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