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Grasping Essentials When You’re NOT the Expert

My friend Ken is in a strategic initiative leadership role at a large energy company. He found himself in an uncomfortable position, which involved decisions about creating and managing SAP data. 947 more words

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Coherence: It is Only a Good Plan (Strategy) If It Makes Good Sense

The well-known academic, Henry Mintzberg writes that strategy is a pattern of decisions. He argues (convincingly) that strategy is more than simply the intent to accomplish the vision; it is also the emergent result of manager’s activities. 620 more words

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How to Prioritize Strategic Initiatives

A manager at an airline recently wrote me, “one of the biggest challenges we have here is that all projects seemed to be deemed strategic or part of a larger strategic initiative and priority is constantly changing through the year.  845 more words

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Scope Creep in Strategic Initiatives: How to Recognize It and Avoid It

I frequently use the Includes-Excludes Table as a tool for clarifying the scope of a strategic initiative and its projects. The Includes-Excludes Table is a simple two-column table with the word “in” placed at the top of the left column and “out” at the top of the right column. 1,070 more words

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Achieve, Preserve, Avoid: Another Nifty Technique for Gaining Strategic Perspective

Strategy is inherently ambiguous, with goals and expectations differing depending upon the stakeholder. Because people tend to feel uncomfortable with ambiguity, a leader needs to clear the fog; a process that is best called gaining perspective. 755 more words

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Strategic Leadership is “Replacing Old Stories with New Stories”

A straightforward strategic initiative technique is this: drawing an organizational timeline, starting with the founding of the organization and continuing to the present. Interspersed along the timeline are important events that have influenced the present condition. 786 more words

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Three Tips for Leading Strategic Alliances

Strategic alliances are a growing subset of strategic initiatives. The evidence for that growth includes many advertisements for talent. For one example, the Gateway Division of Acer is recruiting for a Program Manager of Global Strategic Alliances. 832 more words

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