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Are your Priorities in Focus?

As an executive coach, I have spent a significant portion of my career helping leaders prioritize upcoming work and get their teams ready for upcoming years. Through this, I have learned that across positions and industries, we all face the same challenge: not having enough time. There is always more work to be done than time to do it. And what's more, unexpected tasks or challenges can take up the time we thought we had. What's a leader (who wants to accomplish everything!) to do with so many competing priorities? Enter: strategic planning. A great [...]

4 Steps for Keeping Strategic Plans Alive

I often go into companies that are so busy with day-to-day operations that the strategic goals they set out at the beginning of the year are ignored.   Don’t get me wrong; these companies are having some success and things are going along well, but what if more attention had been paid to those nicely laid out plans? Would they have achieved that extra 10% top or bottom line? Would they have added that crucial market sector they have been after for years? The reality is, it’s doubtful. Let’s consider why. It was Eisenhower who said, [...]

Strategic Planning: Setting Up for Success

When it comes to strategic planning, clients have plenty of questions. People ask me all the time: Who should we include in strategic planning? Should we only include the executive team? Or How can we incorporate feedback from a wider audience without having 100 people in the room during planning? What these questions really boil down to is: How do we set ourselves up for success with strategic planning? Since strategic planning is an involved process, requiring key leaders’ time and energy, it’s essential to set it up well. I like to think of setting [...]

Is Your Vision Statement Effective?

I recently received a call from an executive client of ours telling me that they have hired a new CFO. This new CFO reviewed their strategic plan and vision statement, and she wants to make some changes. Their current vision statement is very inspiring—a change the world type of vision statement—and the new CFO wants to change it to focus on adding shareholder value.  The current vision statement was created by their senior team over a series of weeks and discussions, and everyone had input in it. One executive in particular put a lot of work [...]

Strategic Planning Framework

During the next couple weeks, we'll be sharing a mini-series about strategic planning. Keep an eye on our blog to learn more about the importance of vision statements, advice for getting the strategic planning process started in your organization, and why it's so important that you revisit and revise your strategic plans throughout the year. The infographic below can be used as a guiding framework for your organization's strategic planning processes, and provide a mental framework as you read our upcoming posts:

Compassion 2020 Reflections

I just returned from a trip to Dharamsala, India as part of a Compassion 2020 Delegation, led by Washington State Lt. Governor, Cyrus Habib.  It was a trip of a lifetime to travel with other leaders in business, community and education, and to learn about the Tibetan culture and way of life, where putting other people first and leading with compassion and kindness is valued above all else.  The Dalai Lama said that compassion and affection are human values independent of religion.  In our meeting, the Dalai Lama talked about how our schools should do [...]

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