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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

Mindfulness to Make You a Better Leader - Interview With Catherine Sherlock

[fa icon="calendar'] December 18 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Leadership, Growth, coaching, Mindfulness

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In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we're joined by Catherine Sherlock, the founder of Higher Mindfulness. Catherine developed Higher Mindfulness to help people take their awareness deeper in order to expand their self-expression, leadership skills and potential.  This is important for business leaders because emotional awareness is a positive skill that helps leaders with clarity and decision making, which can help with conflict management, team engagement and other situations.  

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Optimizing Your Product Portfolio

[fa icon="calendar'] July 08 / by Louisa Schabel posted in Growth, Portfolio management

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The BCG-Matrix is an effective tool which helps you with strategic planning and implementing your growth strategy by identifying and evaluating the most profitable products and strategic business units. Organizations can identify the current and future value of their products, as well as the best strategic approach to invest in order to increase profit, market share and return on investment. The BCG-Matrix is also called growth/share matrix because the market growth rate and relative market share are being considered. Therefore the revenue streams are positioned in a matrix of four quadrants, which were named symbolically and give an indication for recommendations on actions like investments or divestment.

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Successful Leaders: What Do They Have in Common?

[fa icon="calendar'] February 12 / by Stewart Dunlop posted in Leadership, education, Growth

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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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How to Use the ARC to Improve Productivity

[fa icon="calendar'] August 12 / by Kevin Erickson posted in Leadership, Growth

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As you grow your business, you are likely to find yourself with some common challenges. After working with hundreds of clients in many different sectors, we’ve found a few things that commonly need to be given more attention. If you’ve been successful so far, and ready for you next level of growth, focusing on these things will very valuable.

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Five Tips for Launching Your Business Onto the Global Stage

[fa icon="calendar'] May 22 / by Gary Webb posted in Business strategy, international strategy, Growth

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Many businesses are seeing the advantage in undertaking expansions into global markets. But for businesses that have traditionally only operated domestically, making the strategic transition to access global markets can present a number of challenges. These commonly include, but are no means limited to cultural differences, local tax laws, human resources, and payroll.

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Why Do Strategic Planning?- Use Cases

[fa icon="calendar'] June 07 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, use case, strategy case studies, Growth

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You can use strategic planning in many occasions in your organization such as:

- Looking at new markets to enter
- Planning growth and overall business strategy
- Dealing with competitors
- Creating action plans with your team
- Choosing between different strategic investments
- Predicting uncertainty in the future
- and much more.

Deciding when to do strategic planning and what you should focus on as part of your planning process really depends on where what your organization is dealing with in the present.

DOWNLOAD OUR CUSTOM STRATEGIC PLANNING TEMPLATESome organizations update their strategies quarterly, some yearly and others monthly or weekly. 

Deciding when and why to work through strategic planning really depends on your industry and how concerned your team is with being proactive (versus reactive) to changes in the business environment. 
With ever increasing globalization and the speed at which technology changes, almost every organization should be reviewing their strategy every quarter. This might just mean discussing key priorities as part of your strategic plan, or breaking down the strategic plan into smaller chunks.

We've worked with many clients who were wondering why they do strategic planning. Here are some use cases and benefits they got out of the strategic planning process: 

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