Posts Tagged ‘Planning’

Taking the Planning Plunge

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

Plan-Perform-Score

Do’s & Dont’s

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

SOME DO’S AND DONT’S OF THE PROCESS

You’re finally going to do it. You are a born again believer in the benefits of business and strategic planning. To prepare you for the plunge here’s some rules of the road to guide you through the process.

The planning process can be exhilarating, frustrating, enlightening, demanding and a host of other descriptive adjectives. Hopefully you’ll find a nugget or two in these do’s and don’ts that will keep the emphasis on the positives of your unique organizational growth experience. Carpe Diem!

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.“-Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Score Only What is Helpful

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Are you working on the unnecessary?

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

TRACKING ORGANIZATIONAL PERFORMANCE

Does your score keeping track useful metrics? Or does it produce data that no one really uses? Finding the right metrics is not always an easy task. A good place to start is to challenge what you are currently producing. Who gets it? Do they use it? Is it what they need?

Times do change! What might have been helpful in 1975 might no longer does the trick. Let me share with you a story about a new plant manager we’ll call Tom who was assigned to turn around a troubled manufacturing facility several decades ago.

“We are glutted with data and yet there is a shortage of wisdom”- Michael Toms

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Your Organizational Habits: Friend or Foe?

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

How True is Your Path?How True is Your Path?

strategic planning: innovation: management:success

ARE YOU READY FOR A HABIT AUDIT?

We all have habits. Some good and some not so good. It’s the same for our organizations. Some foster organizational progress and some detract from it. Are the ingrained habits at your organization working to benefit the company or are they aiding and abetting the competition?

Old habits die hard. That’s why they are called habits. But when habits prevent fresh thinking, become out of date routine patterns, or become mindless repetition, habits can become disruptive.

THE SIX QUESTIONS FOR A HABIT AUDIT?

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The Seven Nodes of Success

Wednesday, January 7th, 2009

Seven NodesSeven Nodes

strategic planning: innovation: management: success

SOME BUSINESS RESOLUTION THOUGHTS

What successful companies have mastered…

Are you running your business or is your business running you? If you feel it’s time to regain control, you might want to review this list of the seven interwoven characteristics of superior organizations. Consider working these into your business or organizational plans for 2009.

SEVEN CHARACTERISTICS OF SUPERIOR ORGANIZATIONS

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