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The three reasons NOT to skip the year's mid-year progress review.

Usually, the six month mark is the time to review progress against goals and update strategic thinking, based on changes to planning assumptions. But, with the global pandemic, this year is far....

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When I look back, I see perseverance

My grandparents had twelve children. Like many of their friends and family members, they married and started their family in the early days of the Great Depression.  They had a farm so they could....

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Dealing with the Coronavirus Disruption

I have a good friend just about to retire. In a text exchange over the last week, I inquired "Still set for the move?" His response: "Yes, the movers are scheduled, and I plan to give notice at....

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Are Your Key Performance Indicators (KPI) Strategic?

Plans are set, goals are defined, budgets are negotiated, and a new year begins.

Teams review their goals, their budget, and go right back to focusing on what their priorities were last year.

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Design Thinking, Systems Thinking, Strategic Thinking: All the same?

Thinking is very trendy these days.  There are multiple articles promoting design thinking, the value of systems thinking and the need for greater strategic thinking skills, but are these all the....

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Too Many Goals! Apply strategic thinking to motivate not overwhelm.

“What are the greatest challenges you face?”

This was the question I posed to stimulate a brainstorming exercise during a recent Strategic Thinking Workshop.

“Too many goals. We have too many....

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Is your glass half empty or half full?

This last year was an ambitious year for Focused Momentum®.  We celebrated our 20th year in business. We expanded our content and programs and also worked with a bunch of new folks on their....

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Want to engage future leaders? Take a seat.

Raise your hand if you were alive on November 22, 1963.

I recently posed this question to a conference room of 30 senior executives and board members. We were in the opening section of a....

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How to turn a budget cut into a strategic thinking opportunity.

As the fiscal year ends, the planning teams wrap up the annual planning and distribute next year’s budgets. Ideally, this would be a time of excitement as each new year brings new challenges and....

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Why do so many executives hate budgeting?

It just sucks. Every year we try to make improvements, and it gets better, but it still sucks.”

This is a sentiment expressed by the CEO of a successful and fast-growth technology company on a....

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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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