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Three elements of a movement

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 13, 2012
Filed in Collaboration, Strategy

Read this today and thought, right on! (is that too Tom Peters?) Senator Bill Bradley defines a movement as having three elements: 1. A narrative that tells a story about who we are and the future we are trying to build 2. A connection between and among the leader and the tribe 3. Something to […]

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Diagnosis requires observation—both are essential for good strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —June 5, 2012
Filed in Strategy

An article in the Wall Street Journey describes how medical students at more than 20 medical schools, including Harvard, Columbia and Cornell, attend an art museum intervention to improve their skills of observation. The students are assigned a painting and observe as many details as they can and then get together to discuss what they’ve […]

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In communicating your strategy what do your projects say?

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —March 23, 2012
Filed in Communication, Strategy

What’s more important, what we say or what we do? I think we all know that our actions reveal what’s really important. Actions speak louder than words and all that. So in the realm of strategy it makes little sense to invest in communicating a strategy if your company’s actions say something else. A company’s […]

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What it means to ‘act strategically’

Posted by  Kevin Bishop —March 1, 2012
Filed in Strategy

Being foodies, one show we always look forward to on Australian TV is My Kitchen Rules (MKR). It’s a really interesting show, for a whole number of reasons, including reminding me, yet again, of the importance of language and the way terms are defined. In this case what it means to ‘act strategically’. In the […]

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Strategic stories provide the gist

Posted by  Mark Schenk —February 19, 2012
Filed in Strategy

People need the gist: the context, the big picture, the why, before the details become important or meaningful. Read this piece of text from Drew Westen’s book ‘The Political Brain’.(1) The procedure is actually quite simple. First you arrange things into different groups. Of course, one pile may be sufficient depending on how much there […]

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A simple test for your strategic initiatives

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —January 9, 2012
Filed in Strategy

Richard Rummelt, in Good Strategy / Bad Strategy, opened my eyes to a simple test to help you see if you have effective strategic initiatives. But before I describe the test here’s some context. Crafting a strategy involves choosing a course of action to achieve desired outcomes over a set time period. An effective strategy […]

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5 things that happen when you know your company’s strategy

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —December 1, 2011
Filed in Leadership Posts, Strategy

You can only act strategically, day in, day out, if you know your company’s strategy. Here are five things that happen when you really do know it. you know when to say ‘no.’ you get better support from your colleagues–they are trying to achieve the same things you can wing it with confidence–the strategy is […]

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Making the most of story-work

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —November 30, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Employee Engagement, Strategy

In using story-work to build a brand, engage employees, or for one of its many other purposes, organisations nearly always focus on storytelling. The meme is strong because the act of storytelling is so powerful. But to focus solely on this one aspect of story-work severely limits the benefits. The most valuable application of this […]

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Strategic stories – tackling the anti-stories

Posted by  Mark Schenk —October 19, 2011
Filed in Business storytelling, Strategy

We have been helping organisations transform their strategies into concrete and memorable narratives for quite a few years now. In every organisation we’ve worked with – no exceptions – there have been powerful stories already circulating in the organisation that run counter to the new strategy. In most cases, these stories have been strong enough […]

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HP’s CEO loses his job for want of a strategic story

Posted by  Shawn Callahan —October 17, 2011
Filed in Communication, Leadership Posts, Strategy

It’s quite possible you’ll lose your job as CEO if you are unable to persuasively communicate your company’s strategy. Léo Apotheker, the recently fired CEO of Hewlett-Packard, has just learned this lesson. Mr Apotheker was appointed CEO of HP in October 2010 less then a year before he was let go. Before HP, Apotheker was […]

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