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Post Category: ‘Strategy as a learning process’

Why fly an untested strategy: Testing your organisation’s strategy against the external environment

You would not fly a plane  or drive a car that was untested – so why do we sometimes try to execute untested strategies? There are lots of ways to test a business strategy and check its validity.  Recently, I was running a strategy workshop for an Executive team of an international retail bank: I was delighted when the Executive team did one …

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Strategy does not exist without tensions

Many years ago I realised something while working with clients on their strategy.  I realised that there were points in the strategy process and in strategy workshops, when the strategy, as explored, discussed and articulated, was clearly NOT complete.  We did not have the whole story.  Something important was missing. Then, we would reach a point, or go through a …

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Thinking fast and slow: lessons for the annual off-site strategy event

Ever had an annual strategy off-site, developed some great ideas and plans, walked away….  and a year later very few of those ideas or plans were implemented? So often I hear of organisations, or rather their management teams, who have decided that once a year, they need an off-site to think about their strategy for next year.  (I have certainly …

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Rigorous, intellectually honest, learning about our strategy

Isn’t that a great phrase, “Rigorous, intellectually honest, learning”. The phrase comes from a book called Nail it, Scale it by Paul Ahlstrom and Nathan Furr. The book is designed for entrepreneurs who are developing a proposition for a market. The idea being that you nail the proposition BEFORE you start wasting good money by scaling it too full size. …

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