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Strategic Planning

Pay Attention to the Weather of Business and Life, and Don't Steer Into an Iceberg

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 04.14.2014 | Business
The University of Central Florida Forum

Strategy applies equally well to both business and our individual lives. Research indicates that most businesses fail to hit their goals due to poor strategic planning. It is the No. 1 reason for business failure.

Strategic Planning: Hire a Referee So You Can Be a Player

Ray Gagnon | Posted 03.25.2014 | Business
Ray Gagnon

There's an ambient contradiction in your desire to make your deliberations candid, open and egalitarian while at the same time insisting on serving as the head 'traffic cop' who just happens to have the biggest title in the room.

A Weak Winner

Lubna Najjar | Posted 03.13.2014 | Small Business
Lubna Najjar

How about the times you failed on your way to the top and how those situations taught you to do it better? How about the times you said 'no' when you should have said 'yes' to a business deal or a decision of profit building potential?

Make 2014 Your Best Year Yet (In an Hour or Less)

Dike Drummond, M.D. | Posted 02.27.2014 | Healthy Living
Dike Drummond, M.D.

Here at the end of 2013 is the very best opportunity to devote some time (about an hour in this case) to planning 2014 as your best year yet. This bl...

Strategy, When It Isn't

Irv Katz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Irv Katz

Nonprofit organizations are a lot more like businesses than one might think. There really is a bottom line, for example. It is achieving the results the organization is funded for and achieving the financial results that are set by the board annually.

Are You Strategically Living Your Life?

Judith Johnson | Posted 11.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Judith Johnson

Don't give up because life is different or harder than you expected. Just alter your expectations and plans as needed and expect that to be part of the process. After all, it's not so much about reaching the finish line as it is a matter of developing your skills and abilities and doing your best.

Why Martin Luther King, Jr. Did NOT Say, "I Have A Plan"

Daniel Burrus | Posted 10.28.2013 | Business
Daniel Burrus

When Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial fifty years ago and spoke to a great people about their greater future, he did...

sustainABILITY simplicated (sAs) Step 4: Wiggle Your Big Toe

Cortney McDermott | Posted 10.20.2013 | Business
Cortney McDermott

Place one goal in each month to make your plan digestible and realistic. Then identify the exact steps to achieve the goal for the current month: What steps do you need to take each week to ensure you reach your end-month goal?

Making the Leap From Entrepreneur to Leader of a Professionally Managed Business

Paul Bernard | Posted 10.21.2013 | Small Business
Paul Bernard

If you choose to see your venture through its transformation from a growing start-up to a professionally managed firm, prepare yourself for a second, equally important, and potentially more challenging transformation.

Take a Chance on Yourself

Theodore R. Daniels | Posted 08.24.2013 | Small Business
Theodore R. Daniels

Each year thousands of people take a chance on themselves to start businesses in the United States.

Reaching For the Seminal Moment

Dr. Brian C. Mitchell | Posted 08.17.2013 | College
Dr. Brian C. Mitchell

For most of my professional career, I have believed that institutions, more or less, happen upon a seminal moment in their evolution. Indeed, when ap...

Strategic Planners to the Breaking Wheel

Steven Clifford | Posted 06.15.2013 | Comedy
Steven Clifford

The Catholic Church last lasted nearly two millennia, principally by part by eschewing strategic planning. "We have enough dogma already," a Vatican spokesman explained. "We call strategic planning 'Satan's snare.' Anyone caught engaging in it is punished on the breaking wheel."

Strategic Planning and the "Vision Thing" -- Fire, Not Fluff

Ray Gagnon | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business
Ray Gagnon

If there's no substance and fire in your vision for the future, how will you infuse those qualities into the rest of your strategic plan? Here's a no-nonsense summary of the elements that you can use as a guide when you develop your strategic plan.

Innovations and High-Tech Trends: Top Game Changers for 2013

Scott Steinberg | Posted 03.16.2013 | Technology
Scott Steinberg

You don't have to be a futurist to see tomorrow's hottest new technology and innovation trends before they hit -- just willing to click a bit further than "Best of CES" round-ups that focus on jaw-dropping products alone.

Does Your Organization Need a New Vision for the New Year?

Vivien Hoexter | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Vivien Hoexter

With the holidays swirling around us, it is difficult to stay focused on your organizational vision for the year ahead. But leaders know that this is what they must do.

So You've Got a Strategic Plan -- Now What?

Ray Gagnon | Posted 02.04.2013 | Business
Ray Gagnon

You've just developed a new strategic plan for your company. You're pleased about it. And so are the other people on the planning team. So far so good. But now you face the next and most critical challenge: How do you get the rest of the company on board?

Strategic Planning: Establishing the Right Mindset

Ray Gagnon | Posted 12.26.2012 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Consider this: Which mindset do you think is more conducive to developing the best blueprint for your company's future?

Strategic Planning: Laying the Foundation with a Solid Environmental Scan

Ray Gagnon | Posted 11.28.2012 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Once everyone begins to see and accept the same operating reality, it's amazing how rational, objective and productive - vs. contentious - your strategic planning sessions can become.

When Strategic Planning Is the Best Planned Strategy

Dr. Scott D. Miller | Posted 10.01.2012 | College
Dr. Scott D. Miller

The lessons at UVA are not lost on those of us in higher education, or on any executives who manage corporations and other complex organizations.

Strategic Planning Basics: Simplifying Terms & Nomenclature

Ray Gagnon | Posted 08.15.2012 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Here's a simple, clear system of nomenclature that has always worked for us and our clients. It will demystify terms, eliminate confusion, and allow you to spend your valuable time concentrating on substance, not semantics.

Your Strategic Plan -- Dead or Alive? Nine Ways to Make It Live

Ray Gagnon | Posted 07.02.2012 | Business
Ray Gagnon

Going about it the right way and being serious about the result can buy you a critical organization asset: an articulated framework of ideas that rationalizes everything you do and results in greater focus and synergy across your entire enterprise.

How to Keep the Flame and Not Be Seen as a Torch Bearer

John Friedman | Posted 05.04.2012 | Business
John Friedman

Building a coalition of the passionate and idealistic people within the organization is not enough -- in fact, it can be detrimental if people see your cadre as a band of zealots rather than committed and dedicated business professionals.

2012: Your Marketing Department's New Look

John Fox | Posted 02.29.2012 | Business
John Fox

No doubt, 2011 was the tipping point for the marketing department. Marketing automation, content marketing and analytics entered boardroom conversatio...

A Most Unstable Summer

Michael Kaiser | Posted 09.24.2011 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Virtually every American arts organization is dealing with the residual effects of several years of deep recession, but many of my international Fellows are dealing with far more difficult and dangerous situations.

Why SMX Echo is the Leading Multicultural Social Media Monitoring Tool

Ramon Nuez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Ramon Nuez

I had the great pleasure of meeting Claudia Goffan about a year ago. I quickly realized that Claudia was an incredibly talented and driven person. Sh...