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September 14, 2018

Planning and agility are often seen as opposites. However, as a recent HBR article ( explains, both are necessary.

Taking the HBR article a bit further, it is really a question of balance, and that balance is dictated by the following factors:

  • Task - relative importance and complexity, tim...

January 29, 2018

Strategic focus really does pay off:

As well as saying 'no', be prepared to say 'stop' - strategy needs to be agile and, as circumstances change, it may be necessary to go in a new direction to achieve the vision. Too many persevere beyond the point where it is commendable to do so, when it i...

January 13, 2018

Leaders need to ensure strategic alignment is driven at all levels in the firm and in the day-to-day business decisions. That direction needs to be clear, well-communicated and positively enforced (e.g. by aligning rewards to strategic objectives).

December 19, 2017

Some really good questions to ask about your strategy in this HBR summary:

I particularly like the point about giving executives some time away from the pressing, day-to-day issues to think strategically: it's what they are there for, really!

December 19, 2017

Good HBR article on strategy:

Easy to fall into the 'must do it all now' trap, but time spent planning is rarely wasted! It's one thing to be decisive and agile, quite another to be rash.

August 29, 2017

if you have time, use it to generate new ideas and to think about solutions to complex issues. Decisiveness is not the same as impatience!

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