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Planning Simplified

Category: Strategy

Sarah runs a mental health agency and for her to move it to the next level, she needed to acquire a clinical license. This important strategic priority enabled her to expand the business and serve more people in need. This task was a complex undertaking that involved moving forward in several areas all that the same time.

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The Focus Paradox

Category: Strategy

I remember running a management seminar 14 years ago when I first started my business. The first session covered time management because my belief is that we cannot make lasting changes in how we manage people, or anything in our lives, unless and until we find the time to be aware of our actions. It is a hard fact that it takes more time and energy to do things differently than it does to keep doing them the way we’ve always done them.

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Small Biz is Different from Big Biz

Category: Strategy

Have you ever had that moment when you suddenly had a core belief proven to be accurate? Or perhaps found proof that it’s not only accurate but also more important than you realized?

 

I had one of those moments. While reading Corporate Lifecycles by Ichak Adizes, I had my belief that small businesses are different from larger organizations both confirmed and explained. I don’t want to bore you with all the geeky details (if you don’t think this is geeky I suggest you read the book or ask me more about it when you see me) so I will summarize it simply by stating:

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Make it Urgent!

Category: Strategy

I was once trapped in a room listening to a speaker talk about goal setting. You know the feeling, it’s a topic you’ve heard many times before and you are confident that there is nothing new you can learn. The best you can do is hope for an interesting presenter and sit in the back so you can check your email. Therefore, I was surprised when I experienced a big Aha! moment in the middle of the presentation.

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Lights, Camera, Action Plan!

Category: Strategy

During a follow up call with Marie, a Strategic Plan-tingWorkshop attendee, she mentioned that she was still working on her strategic priority for the quarter: updating her website. She was excited that she was making progress, but mentioned it wasn’t going as fast as she had indicated it should when she created her action plan for the task.

 

 I smiled in response to her remarks for two reasons.

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Why it Pays to Hire Experts

Category: Strategy

 

I remember the day clearly. It was February 2011 and I had just finished adding a Google campaign that had 2 sub-campaigns and 4 different Google ads. Why do I remember it so clearly? Because it took only 35 minutes which is nothing short of a miracle. The last time I had set up a Google campaign it took me more than 3 hours to place just 2 ads.

 

What was different this time?
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Strategy is Not Planning

Category: Strategy

“Strategy is not planning – it is the making of an integrated set of choices that collectively position the firm in its industry so as to create sustainable advantage relative to competition and deliver superior financial returns.” Roger Martin, Dean of Rotman School of Management at University of Toronto

 

Whew – what a mouth full. If you get this, I mean really get it down to your soul, then feel free to move on to another of our blog posts or click on the link and read Roger Martin’s full blog on the Harvard Business Review blogsite. If you have no idea what this means or are not sure, then keep reading because this is an important statement for small business owners to both understand and embody.

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