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A picture of the new normal

Welcome to our new conference room, playground, living room, gym, and oh yeah, COVID-veggie-garden.

Like many of you, we have been struggling to figure out how to prevail during these....

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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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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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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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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 of decision-making is as important as the....

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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 Evaluate Emerging Strategic Issues (without disrupting your plan)

"Ideas are like rabbits. You get a couple and pretty soon you have a dozen." -- John Steinbeck

I like rabbits and I love ideas, but too many of either and you have a problem.  Managers....

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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 can and does happen every day, but it is rarely adequately optimized.  Here is why.

Strategic thinking requires a shift in mindset from the problem-solving, now-oriented skills....

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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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