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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

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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The Ultimate Business Strategy Guide with a Strategic Plan Template

[fa icon="calendar'] May 10 / by Jenna Sedmak posted in Business strategy, strategic planning tools, organizational development

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If you’ve made it to this article, you already understand that strategic planning is an important part of running a successful organization. Whether you are new to leading strategy, or have led and implemented a strategic plan, strategy reviews can be daunting.  Our process of Aligned Strategy Development was created to serve as a framework for any organization updating or creating their strategic plan. 

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Host your most effective meeting - Interview with Ruth Nicholson

[fa icon="calendar'] March 26 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Leadership, podcast, organizational development, facilitation

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In this special episode of the strategy and leadership podcast, we were joined by Ruth Nicholson, an IAF certified professional facilitator, and the founder of Go Governance and Operations Resources for Youth Sports, and is a partner of SME Strategy. She has been facilitating for over 25 years, starting out in the science and technology field, and has branched out to work with a variety of sectors. She has also served as a mediator for large groups discussing complex topics like nuclear waste clean-up and endangered species conservation.

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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 planning, Leadership, strategic management, alignment, organizational development, communications

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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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Your workplace is a 5 layer dip - Here's how to make it delicious.

[fa icon="calendar'] July 13 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Human Resources- HR, Business strategy, culture, organizational development

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 You might wonder why your organization looks like a 5 layer dip. 
 
Is it because you have different levels of management?
 
Maybe it’s because you have a few flavours and tastes in your organization?
 
In this context it’s actually because you could have 5 different possible generations working in your workforce.
 
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Why is Frequent Strategic Planning Important for Non-Profits? Interview with Cecilia Reyes of the David Suzuki Foundation

[fa icon="calendar'] June 21 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, podcast, organizational development, non-profit

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Cecilia Reyes, the planning and operations manager at the David Suzuki Foundation, joined us to chat about the importance of strategic planning in the non-profit sector. The David Suzuki Foundation is a Canadian non-profit organization with a head office in Vancouver, and satellite offices in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. Understanding the importance of a well executed strategy for non-profit organizations, especially fairly large ones like the David Suzuki Foundation, Cecilia recently led a strategic planning process to help guide the team and the organization over the next two years. 
Creating a strategic plan? Download our starter kit today!We asked Cecilia to speak to some of her best practices for leading strategy and teams. She shared valuable insights around: 

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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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