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Effective Strategic Planning: Is Commitment Locked In?

A key moment of truth between the company board and its executive leadership is the Performance Commitment – an agreement that represents the actions that will be taken, the financial implications, and […]

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Get Strategic Due Diligence Right or Small Problems Turn into Big Problems

M&A growth can generate significant value. It can also be extremely stressful for corporate leaders. Once they set their sights on a target company, they start feeling anxious about pulling the trigger. […]

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Organizational Alignment: The Importance of Information Flow

A company’s organizational alignment to its strategy depends largely on management’s ability to access information to make decisions and take action. Clearly, without access to the right information, the organization cannot operate […]

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Is Your Organization Aligned with Your Strategy?

Strategy execution requires the organization to align with the strategy. The reason is that execution is the collective result of thousands of decisions and actions by employees at the grass-root level. For […]

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How Do You Know If You Have An Effective Strategic Planning Process?

Companies spend significant resources on strategic planning every year.  Six months to a year into it, many find out that they are no closer to executing their strategy and achieving results than […]

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Is blockchain technology the right choice for your company?

Blockchain is essentially a shared ledger system, a digital one that can significantly streamline and protect all identities and transactions. Its advent is in full swing as blockchain is having an outsized […]

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Strategy Execution: How Are You Measuring Organizational Alignment?

Organizational alignment needs to satisfy two performance objectives.  The first is to adapt the organization to the market and its ever-changing conditions. We refer to this objective as market adaptation.  In addition, […]

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Effective Strategic Planning: Beyond SWOT Analysis

SWOT Analysis is a core tool of the strategic planning process.  Its purpose is to identify a company’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.  In its basic form, it may appear trivial and limited.  A […]

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The Importance of Explicit Accountabilities

Accountability is the foundation that defines how we commit to activities, track our performance, behave in a team, relate when mishaps occur, and the level of responsibility we take for getting things […]

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Effective Strategic Planning: 5 Steps to Build Consensus

The strategic planning process translates the long-term objectives of the firm into short-term “strategic” operating initiatives. In so doing, executive management must build company-wide consensus to get managers and employees onboard.  Unquestionably, […]

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