Blog: Strategy Café

Welcome to my blog, Strategy Café.

My objective for strategy café is to provide clients and interested readers with informative articles on strategic management that are short enough to be read while savouring a cup of your favourite coffee.

We welcome comments and hope you’ll be moved to add to the discussion.

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Strategic thought for today: Announce objectives a…

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 in Latest News | Comments Off

Strategic thought for today: Announce objectives and try harder is not a strategy. What is YOUR strategy?

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How can a strategy driven by 20 – 30 items on SWOT…

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How can a strategy driven by 20 – 30 items on SWOT lists be focused? lnkd.in/gG7Q3B

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Does your strategy have too many priorities? Here’…

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Does your strategy have too many priorities? Here’s what to do about it. knowlan.com/?p=1544

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Is your strategy right for the challenge you face?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2013 in Mintzberg, strategic planning, strategic priorities, strategic prioritization, strategic thinking | Comments Off

Is your strategy right for the challenge you face?

A mismatch between your strategy and the key challenge you face can spell trouble Henry Mintzberg once defined strategy as a pattern of action in response to something . . . However, many strategies lack a clear definition of that “something” . . . the challenge to which they’re responding.  We believe this often results in setting too many priorities. Why?  Read on. Why too many priorities? We recognized 20 years ago that many of our clients’ strategies included too many priorities.  How could a situation analysis with 20 to 30 strengths,...

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60 minutes 2nite: simple factory tasks now doable…

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013 in Latest News | Comments Off

60 minutes 2nite: simple factory tasks now doable by robots that amortize at about the same cost per hour as unskilled offshore workers.

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Bettman’s apology looks fake! A REAL apology inclu…

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Latest News | Comments Off

Bettman’s apology looks fake! A REAL apology includes “we know what we did wrong and here’s how we’ll avoid repeating it”.

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Realizing the promise of employee engagement

Posted by on Aug 14, 2012 in change management, employee engagement, Featured Category, organizational change, performance measurement, priorities, prioritization, productivity improvement, strategic priorities | Comments Off

Realizing the promise of employee engagement

Ensuring your Great Expectations don’t turn into The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly As the old joke goes, in a ham-and-eggs breakfast the chicken is involved but the pig is committed. That isn’t far off the mark for the difference between employee involvement and true employee engagement. Someone can be involved in something as a bystander, but they have to take action to be engaged. Today’s article is the first of a 3-part series for leaders who are considering making employee engagement an important part of their strategy. In today’s...

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Problem solving isn’t highly overrated . . .

Posted by on May 8, 2012 in business, change management, change process, organization development, organizational change, performance measurement, strategic priorities, strategic prioritization, strategy implementation | Comments Off

Problem solving  isn’t  highly overrated . . .

. . . when you’re solving the right problems. Last week I read an article by Lorne Armstrong titled “Problem Solving is Highly Over-rated”. It tweaked my interest since much of my work involves helping leaders to clearly define, and to avoid or overcome, important strategic problems. When a blog article makes a few good, practical points that readers can use immediately, the writer has hit the mark. Armstrong succeeds. He points to common deficiencies that undermine the value of problem-solving, beginning with weak problem definition. For...

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When and how managers should be more entrepreneurial

Posted by on Apr 23, 2012 in business model, change management, change process, creative thinking, entrepreneur, entrepreneurial, organization development, organizational change, Preparing for planning, skills to manage change, strategic planning | Comments Off

When and how managers should be more entrepreneurial

In our last article we outlined some of the observed differences in the ways entrepreneurs and professional managers operate, and noted that managers are frequently urged to “be more entrepreneurial“. This week we’ll provide practical guidelines about when to be more entrepreneurial, and how. Entrepreneurial management – personality or situational choice? As we noted in our last article, personality differences between these two groups probably account for some of the differences observed in studies.  To recap, research...

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What can entrepreneurs and professional managers learn from each other?

Posted by on Mar 19, 2012 in behaviour management, change management, contingency planning, entrepreneur, entrepreneurial, innovation, organizational change, strategic planning, strategy implementation | Comments Off

What can entrepreneurs and professional managers learn from each other?

More importantly, when and where should these lessons be applied?  A lot has been written about the differences between entrepreneurs and managers, often with the underlying message that professional managers should try to be more like entrepreneurs. The praise showered on entrepreneurs includes that they: see opportunities where others don’t have the knack of making something out of nothing are “fearless”, “independent minded” and “adaptable” are constantly scanning for new opportunities are avid information-gatherers and opportunistic...

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