3 Pitfalls of the DIY Approach to Strategy Development

Making a decision to engage a professional to help develop your strategy may seem like a lavish investment, yet here are some common pitfalls to avoid with the do-it-yourself approach.


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We Just Make Pants!

Do you ever find yourself taking your work too seriously?  Have you gone out for a drink with a colleague and started talking shop only to be appalled at the sound of outrage in your voices? Maybe....


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Don’t Unwind Your Good Work

How do you ensure that your great plan doesn’t unwind during implementation?


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Who's on First?

Who’s on first? Dunno. Third base.


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You are right, it is hard! 

About a year ago, I turned my fantastic planning tools and techniques to my business.  I had long ago used the strategic thinking tools on my consulting practice to better understand my unique....


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Get Ready for Disruption (in philanthropy).

Recently, Sean Parker (of Napster and Facebook fame) launched his philanthropic foundation, the Parker Foundation with a $600 million gift. With its introduction, he published a message to his....


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Is Your Organization A Strategy Killer?

As a strategist I am extremely fortunate to spend the majority of my time working with clients to shape their ideas into new strategies to achieve growth.  Unfortunately, even the most brilliant....


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Are You A Good Storyteller?

There is so much data analysis and information sifting during strategic planning processes, we can forget that to gain momentum for execution our great strategic plan.  For a plan to be well....


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Do You Have The Grit To Lead Into The Future?

3 Indications that you don’t have the grit to lead your company to a new level of performance.  Developing a new idea or a new direction for your business is never a sure thing.  If it is a sure....


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Do You Have An Air Sandwich?

An air sandwich? It couldn't sustain you very long, could it?  Yet, time and time again we see organizations trying to drive strategic performance with just this sort of dish:  big vision on the....


Post Tags: Business Growth, Business Plan, Strategic Planning

CECILIA LYNCH, Author, Founder and Chief Strategist


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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