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Three tips for a sustainable post-pandemic plan.

Last weekend felt like the beginning of the beginning. 

Like many here in the US, my family celebrated the start of summer by joining two other families for a camping trip. We planned the trip....

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How to Discern Operational Targets from Strategic Objectives.

If it is the start of a new year, it is goal setting time. 

If you are like most, you reviewed how well you performed against last year’s goals and then updated this year’s objectives with....

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Break the Cycle of Setting and Forgetting this Year's Strategic Goals

The start of a year provides an ideal opportunity to define new goals and set a new course for the coming year, and no year has been more anticipated than the start of 2021. Most of us believe....

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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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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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