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Post Category: ‘Quality of conversation about strategy’

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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Quick consensus suggests bad decisions

According to Peter Drucker, “all the first-rate decision makers I’ve observed had a very simple rule: “If you have quick consensus on an important matter, do not make the decision. Acclamation means nobody has done the homework”.  In my experience working with management teams this makes a lot of sense, for two reasons: It probably does mean that options and …

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Mind the gap: The perils of strategy mapping

Strategy maps are a very visual tool.  So sometimes small details catch someone’s eye.  However, the picture might be saying more than a thousand words if you are not careful. Is that small gap important? Earlier this year I was training a group of managers in the strategy mapping process.  They were to take on and develop the higher level …

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Strategy, analysis and decision making, as a conversation.

The more I talk through the idea of “quality of conversation” with executives and managers i meet and work with, the more I have absolutely no doubt that the quality of analysis and decision making that goes on in an organisation is directly related to the quality of conversation. So I was intrigued to read how Daniel Kahneman, the Nobel …

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Decision Making and Decision Taking: they are different

Some time ago I was talking to a client about some decisions that they were dealing with and the problems they were having.  The situation involved their strategy, who was involved in the discussions and who had decided what, already. I suggested that the heart of problem was that some people though the decision had been taken, whilst others were …

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