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Don’t Overcomplicate Your Strategic Plan Implementation

Don’t Overcomplicate Your Strategic Plan Implementation

We all know developing a strategic plan is hard. We also know, implementing a strategic plan successfully is brutal. So don’t make your implementation process more difficult than it already will be. Keep it simple and focused on the results you want. Don’t make your implementation process more difficult than it already will be. Keep it simple and focused on the results you want. There is a common thread that runs through client scenarios when I’m told, “We can’t implement our strategic plan!...

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Don’t Stop Now! Adjust

Don’t Stop Now! Adjust

“We’re thinking we should just postpone this next quarter’s strategic plan update session. Everyone is really busy, and honestly, we’re tired. You know we’ve had these two huge, out-of-nowhere projects come up that have taken over our lives. The team has done great, but we’ve fallen behind on several strategic initiatives. I think it’d help everyone’s morale if we just gave ourselves a break. What do you think?” I know you’re all tired and understandably so. But I think you’d be making a...

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What Do You Need of Me?

What Do You Need of Me?

If your work world of late is similar to that of most of my clients’, you’re busy. You’re really busy. Most days, you’ve come to claim success if you can even start, much less finish, just one item on your ever-growing To Do List. More often than not, your days are a blur of one meeting, email, text, chat message, or call after another, asking or demanding something of you. Someone needs an answer. Something needs your approval. Someone expects you to handle a problem they can’t or don’t want...

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Please, Stop Talking

Please, Stop Talking

“You’re losing all credibility. Please, stop talking.” I couldn’t say it out loud, but that thought went through my head as I observed ‘LeAnn’, a new board director during her first board meeting. I’d read her board biography and resume, and I had researched her and her accomplishments before I sat in on my new client’s board meeting. LeAnn’s background was impressive, so I was looking forward to seeing her in action and hearing what she was going to bring to this board. I was looking forward...

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Do Your Job – Independently and Competently

Do Your Job – Independently and Competently

In my conversations with leaders last week, one common theme was apparent: They want - no, they need - their managers and team members to become more self-sufficient, skilled, and confident in their respective roles. The CEOs, business owners, board directors, and managers I talked with are busy. They’re really busy. They’re juggling multiple priorities from multiple ‘bosses’. So when one of their managers or team members comes to them with a problem that should not require their input or...

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