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Mergers and consolidations: concepts to embrace NOW

This article is part of our Strategic Thinking During a Pandemic series. Last week I was invited to participate in a panel on how to support the nonprofit sector through the pandemic. We have worked in both the nonprofit and commercial sectors since...

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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....

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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...

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

Thinking is trending. I have read multiple articles promoting design thinking and the value of systems thinking. We are also seeing strategic...

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Motivate by Strategic Thinking

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Budget planning stress

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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...

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Is Your Strategy Being Hijacked?

In the recent Harvard Business Review article, Don’t Let Metrics Undermine Your Business, authors Michael Harris and Bill Tayler explore this...

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Strategic Focus Lost Very Lost

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Three Symptoms You may Lack Strategic Focus (and what to do about it!)

A constant in strategic management is the need to respond quickly to perceived threats or potential opportunities. More than ever before, the speed...

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