Strategy by Stage

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Developing organizational strategy can be a mind boggling proposition for many organizations. There are so many moving parts that strategy sessions often become confusing messes with no clear direction emerging afterwards. Determining the vision, or strategic objectives, is the first step. The second is organizing the tactics to accomplish that vision, in such a way that…

We Can If Approaches

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This is another tool inspired by my reading of “The Beautiful Constraint” by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden. The tool involves using 9 different can if approaches to solve problems and break into new thought processes. It offers users different ways of thinking about potential solutions. Easy to understand and utilize, while also being uncomfortable…

Result Acquisition Strategy

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A Result Acquisition Strategy allows you to plan your acquisition strategy according to a desired result. This customized approach allows you to see potential acquisitions according to how effectively they can achieve the desired result. This template allows you to organize the required components of a successful acquisition into categories. You can then look at…

Environmental Analysis

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When considering an objective it is often useful to perform environmental analysis. Environmental analysis involves looking at both the internal and external environment as it relates to an objective. This will not only help you understand what roadblocks may stand in your way, but also if there are any opportunities that can be taken advantage…

Chain of Events

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Determining a likely chain of events can help you to more effectively make decisions or plans. By understanding the immediate effects as well as the potential follow on effects of an event you can uncover possible weaknesses or lapses in your original thinking. By uncovering such effects you can plan to address them ahead of time,…

Divestiture

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Divesting certain areas of a business or organization may increase the value of the organization as well as the attention that leaders can then provide to the core areas. Divestiture has been a popular and effective strategic tool for many organizations. It has been shown through a number of notable examples to have a positive…

Attractiveness/Advantage Matrix

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The Attractiveness/Advantage Matrix was developed by GE and McKinsey to better understand the market segments you are operating in, alongside of potential new markets. You will be able to identify and define attractive markets for entry, expansion, or divestment if needed. This template is a variation of the attractiveness/advantage matrix which allows you to lay…

Business Model Canvas

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The Business Model Canvas has become a very popular tool for startups and large enterprises alike as it provides you with a visual space to develop, design, and share your business model. It has been popularized in the book “Business Model Generation” and has become a mainstay for business planning. Several other tools have been…

Resources and Capabilities

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When looking at the resources and capabilities of your organization, it is important to see and measure them in terms of their strategic importance and relative strength. Strong resources that have little strategic importance to you have little value and may require a strategy in order to more effectively leverage them. On the other hand resources which…

KSF Benchmarking

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By understanding the factors that are key to success in your industry and market, along with the range of organizational practices for each of those factors, you can begin to develop strategies that improve your performance in those areas. It is useless to invest in improving a specific KSF if you are already leading the pack, when another…

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