A to Z Tips for Strategic Thinkers and Planners

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I just finished teaching Strategic Thinking and Planning for Leaders at UCLA Extension’s Technical Management Program. I’ve now taught this esteemed one-week program twice a year for over 30 years. This time around, the smart geeks and leaders in my course challenged me to capture my key teaching points using the alphabet. These tips will …

Leverage Your Strategic Superpowers: 15 High-Payoff “LogFrame”Applications

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I love lighting people up with fresh concepts that expand their capacity to accomplish great things. This month I’m teaching project managers in Seattle, Olympia, and Portland how to turn their best ideas into outstanding results. Thanks to these Project Management Institute chapters for inviting me to speak their members. My life purpose is to help smart people transform their …

Strategies Gone Stale? Keep Yours Forever Fresh and Get Great Results!

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Like home-baked bread, strategies deteriorate with time. Since they aren’t labeled with expiration dates, astute managers periodically review and update their strategies and plans to keep them fresh. To help you get started, I’ll share a simple model I’ve developed for my clients that reflect the -THINK-PLAN-ACT themes of the Association for Strategic Planning. Each theme …

What Strategic Planning Approach is best?

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A few years ago I served with several other strategy experts on the Association for Strategic Planning’s certification task force, which developed the first-ever program for certifying strategic planners. I was tasked with identifying the best strategic planning approach, along with Howard Rohm, president of the Balanced Scorecard Institute. There are many different approaches offered …

Strategic Ways to be Productive

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You are already working hard, here are some ways to work smarter. Know your big whys. Be clear about your life and business visions to keep you above the daily fray. Align your daily/weekly/monthly goals to your longer-term bigger picture goals and dreams. Set daily objectives. Setting targets for each day the night before boosts …

Strategic Lessons from Cleaning My Fridge

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Among my life and work priorities, refrigerator management ranked low on the list. After all, a refrigerator was just a simple self-contained system to keep food cold. Food goes in, gets chilled, comes out, gets cooked and eaten.  Never did I imagine that this big humming box of cold could offer life-changing lessons in the way it recently …

The Best Eight Project Management Books on the Market. Wow – Mine Made the List!

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I was proud as a pup with a new collar to learn that my book Strategic Project Management Made Simple was named one of the eight best project management books on the market! I’m delighted to be included with other management experts I greatly admire who have developed systems, concepts, and tools that truly help …

Four Strategic Ideas from Gary Vaynerchuk #AskGaryVee

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  You may already know Gary Vaynerchuck’s story.  I didn’t until he spoke at the Infusionsoft 2016 conference. Until he stepped on stage, I had no idea that this brilliant, fast-talking, colorful, storytelling hustler with a heart would stimulate me so much. This 40-year-old Russian immigrant started working in his dad’s liquor store from age …

Outsmart Murphy by Managing Your Critical Planning Assumptions

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When NASA’s $125  million Mars Orbiter crashed during the landing phase, a later analysis showed that the spacecraft builders worked in the metric system. NASA assumed, but for some reason failed to verify, that the builders were using the English measurement system of feet and inches. Thus, the Orbiter’s computer contained bogus data and the …

My car won’t start after I buy vanilla ice cream! HELP ME FIGURE OUT WHY.

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The following story, once shared on PBS by the Car Talk  brothers Click and Clack, turned out to be an urban legend.  But I’ve rewritten the story to engage you in solving the puzzle and offering a valuable lesson in strategic thinking. The story supposedly involves “Fred” complaining to Ford Headquarters that his car won’t …