Strategy by Stage

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…

Benefits of Strategic Cooperation

Strategic cooperation can yield many benefits for the cooperating organizations. These range from the acquisition of new customers to the ability to pool resources together. Understanding those intended or existing benefits clearly allows an organization to structure cooperation accordingly. Often organizations will overvalue the returns on cooperation. They thus overplay the impact of that cooperation…

We Can If Approaches

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…

Ambitions and Constraints

I recently read the book “A Beautiful Constraint” by Adam Morgan and Mark Barden. I was very impressed with the book and have developed a number of tools based on it’s premises. Ambitions and constraints is one of those tools. It calls for creating propelling questions that will push a group or organization forward by…

Result Acquisition Strategy

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…

ESG Analysis

The awareness of and active participation of interested people in a variety of causes means that companies must be more conscious of it’s own actions. To pollute horribly will no doubt alienate customers, to do business with counterparts that are knowlingly corrupt will do the same. In this age of social media and virality, organizations…

Environmental Analysis

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

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,…

Comparing Cooperation Options

There are several different ways that organizations cooperate with one another. These might include development agreements, territorial agreements, joint ventures, mergers, etc. Understanding and comparing the implications of various cooperation options can help managers avoid a hasty decision. Many cooperation agreements go badly because the implications are not fully understood. The benefits may have been…

Divestiture

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…