Posts made in January, 2011

Part 2 – When Creating Strategy, Speed Kills

Posted by on Jan 13, 2011

In the first post of this series, I wrote about how trying to plan too hastily kills the quality of a new strategy. In this post, I’ll write about how short-changing implementation planning risks squandering the advantages that come from speedy execution. Let’s assume you did everything right by investing enough time to create a good, sound strategic plan. At the conclusion of your planning session you’ve got a strategy that will build your relationships with the right customers and solidify your competitive position.  Of course, this will not happen unless you can execute! Now the question...

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Schools drop “honour rolls” – Should we follow at work?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011

An article in this morning’s Vancouver Sun is bound to stir up controversy about the decisions of some BC schools to drop the “honour roll” used to recognize top achievements by students. School officials say they’d prefer ceremonies to award students for their “individual strengths and passions”. Principal Chris Wejr of Aggasiz asks “why are we still having huge ceremonies that award a select few and fail to recognize so many strengths, talents and interests of our students?” Comments posted online to The Sun so far are predictable, including “this is intended...

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When creating strategy, speed kills.

Posted by on Jan 10, 2011

When making strategy, speed can kill in several ways. This will be the topic of my next three blog posts. First, I’ll explain how trying to plan too hastily kills the quality of a new strategy.  In the second post, I’ll write about how speed kills your momentum and any potential advantages you could have gained when you can’t execute your strategy quickly enough.  Finally, I’ll write about how speed kills your competitors’ advantages and builds yours when you have a great strategy and execute it quickly and effectively. In his landmark book “The Rise and Fall of Strategic Planning”, Henry...

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