Are you missing the Forest for the Trees?

Data is front and center in today’s management team meetings. Executives report spending more and more time pouring over their dashboards and analyzing variances from performance targets.  They....

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Three Steps to Discover Emerging Strategic Issues

In the last two posts, I discussed the need for renewing strategic thinking months before budgeting as another discipline of strategic management. In this post, I dig deeper into how to find....

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Slow down and move ahead - sounds like summer to me.

A slower pace, time to reconnect with friends and family, spending more time out of doors, or finally setting off on a trip months in the planning; these are all hallmarks of the summer months.

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Renew Strategic Thinking without Rewriting your Strategic Plan

Strategic thinking requires a shift in mindset from the problem-solving, now-oriented practice relied upon to manage transactions to a less linear, more chaotic future-oriented process in which....

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Connect Progress with the Plan at Mid-Year.

Leading a project, team, or company can feel all-consuming. There is so much time and attention taken by planning and managing that the equally important role of communicating is given short....

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An Obstacle to Resolve or a Bona Fide Emerging Issue?

A measure of strategic management capabilities is how well a leadership team can balance responding to market conditions and staying focused on achieving objectives set out in a long-range....

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Commitment to Success; Make Tough Decisions Early

While it is true that one of the benefits of investing the time to define a clear strategic direction is that it helps in decision-making, it is also true that it does not make decisions. That is....

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Sustain Strategic Focus: Align with External Cycles

Gaining a different perspective and discovering new influences on success are ideal outcomes of a robust strategic planning process. However, they don’t have to be packed away as you document your....

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4 Disciplines Essential to Strategy Implementation

With a strategic plan complete, the leadership challenge switches from strategic thinking to strategic management. Fundamental to the successful management of a new strategic direction is an....

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Why is Strategic Thinking Important - now more than ever

For years “strategic thinking” has been reserved for executive team meetings or board rooms as part of a firm’s strategic planning process. However, the highly dynamic environments we operate in....

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CECILIA LYNCH, Author, Founder and Chief Strategist

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As the leading authority on strategic thinking, Cecilia Lynch is the founder and chief strategist at Focused Momentum® and creator of Strategy Class®. Her first book, “Strategic Focus: The Art of Strategic Thinking” a groundbreaking work that demystifies the overwhelming task of beginning strategy development.  READ MORE...

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