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Strategic Planning and Management Insights

What I've Learned About Strategic Planning

[fa icon="calendar'] September 11 / by Jason Heckl posted in strategy, vision

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This May, I moved to Vancouver to join SME Strategy as co-op student. The role was described as a marketing role at a small and growing consulting company, so I was excited by the opportunity. Shortly after arriving, I realized my role would expand to be much more than originally expected. I was eventually tasked with a variety of tasks that fit into the marketing bucket, including one-to-one sales, content creation, email marketing and copywriting. 

As a student arriving straight of college, I had little knowledge of the consulting industry as a whole, let alone its size and scope. SME Strategy specializes in strategic planning, which fits under the management consulting umbrella. There was a lot to learn, and I started at the ground floor. Over the next several months, I would take courses, read about, receive mentorship, listen to coaching calls and sit in on strategic planning sessions to understand the processes involved in strategic planning. By receiving guidance and mentorship from our Managing Partner who’s facilitated strategic planning sessions around the world for businesses, schools, governments and nonprofits, I was able to learn a great deal. This is what I learned:

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Technology is Your Organization's Superpower-Podcast with Jeff Gothelf

[fa icon="calendar'] September 11 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Leadership, culture, strategy, product development

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In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Jeff Gothelf, author of Sense and Respond. Jeff was a software designer for over 10 years, before eventually shifting his focus to providing value to customers by redefining the way design is integrated into software. This helped Jeff to develop his understanding of both product and culture development within a workplace, serving to help organizations deliver great products.

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How Creative Leaders Can Grow Through Listening & Mentorship w/ Melissa McComas

[fa icon="calendar'] August 26 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Leadership, podcast, strategy

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In this episode of our Strategy and Leadership Podcast, we're joined by Melissa McComas,  the Chief Strategy Officer at Piper Mantis Literary. Melissa originally started out as a junior executive before moving into retail buying, and then into a director position. She eventually opened her first brokerage in 1997, matching buyers and users in the multimedia sector for both consumers and B2B clientele. In 2000, the company evolved to include a wide variety of services that help clients bring their ideas to life.  

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How Self-Reflection & Continuous Learning Will Help You Become a Stronger Leader - Interview with Jacob Baadsgaard

[fa icon="calendar'] July 30 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Leadership, podcast, strategy, education

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In this episode of our Strategy & Leadership Podcast, we were joined by Jacob Baadsgaard Founder & CEO of Disruptive Advertising. Jacob began his career in the web analytics industry, eventually moving into marketing after working with various enterprise and Fortune 100 organizations to track their marketing efforts and data insights. Jacob founded Disruptive Advertising as an entrepreneur, and the organization now has over 150 employees.

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Four Steps You Can Take to Align Your Work With Your Strategy

[fa icon="calendar'] July 15 / by Nadine Rochester posted in Project managment, alignment, strategy

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Successful projects and programs should be governed by a clear strategy, which should be designed to deliver business benefits. However, it is surprisingly easy for the work carried out as part of these programs or projects to drift off of the intended course or to become misaligned from the wider strategic objectives.

From program management, through to team building training, there are a number of steps that can be taken to improve this alignment. Below are four outlined steps that explain how they can contribute towards a situation where project work and business strategy are pulling in the same direction:

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Do I Need Strategic Planning Software?

[fa icon="calendar'] July 02 / by Jason Heckl posted in technology, strategy, productivity

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In today’s ever changing business environment led by technological advancement and a shift in the nature of supply and demand, some organizations are being left behind while others thrive. Some cling to old methodologies and technologies while others are stuck in constant pursuit of the next new thing. While there is no one ‘right way’ to run an organization, we can be sure of one thing: The organizations that survive and prosper will be the ones that are quick on their feet to adapt in the face of change.

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The Main Pillars of Effective High-Level Leadership

[fa icon="calendar'] March 26 / by Jennifer Hahn Masterson posted in Leadership, team building, alignment, strategy

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Those who lead at a high level understand the important function of ‘the triple bottom line’ which regards three key areas: people, services and profit. This helps to focus attention and energy on a competitive vision for the future and concurrently enables effective management in the long run. Let’s learn something about the ways to create a committed workforce and a prosperous business through a strong vision and your organization’s collective culture.

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