Posts in Category of: Strategic Planning


Could Your Business Survive on the Galapagos Islands?

February 6th, 2017  |  Published in Leadership, Strategic Planning

On our family’s recent trip to the Galapagos Islands, we experienced some of the phenomena peculiar to this archipelago that helped inform Charles Darwin’s controversial and ground-breaking theories in On …


Questions You Should Ask About Strategic Planning

What Are the 12 Questions You Should Ask About Strategic Planning?

September 2nd, 2016  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Will you be gathering your leaders to develop your company’s plan for 2017? Then you might want to take a page from my book, Lead The Way, to have a …


Strategic planning lessons from 1776

The 7 Strategic Planning Lessons of 1776

June 28th, 2016  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Declare War on Ineffective Strategic Planning  Next week is the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Americans will celebrate Independence Day on July 4th. This national …


personal goal setting

Personal Goal Setting: What Do I Really Want?

January 5th, 2016  |  Published in Strategic Planning

“In all affairs,” wrote British philosopher Bertrand Russell, “it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark on the things you have long taken for granted.” Download …


Hitting Rock Bottom

October 13th, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

“There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success,” said Niccolo Machiavelli, “than to take the lead in the introduction …


Simple, Not Easy

September 29th, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Strategic planning season is upon us. That’s the good news. Here’s the bad news: Most strategic plans fail. These plans rarely fail because of misguided strategy or a lack of …


The Dog Ate My Homework… and Other Excuses

September 1st, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

It’s back to school season. Whether you’re a student or a business executive, the back-to-school vibe is noticeable in classrooms, cubicles and conference rooms as calendars fill more quickly, cooler …


Is This Your Newest Competitor? – Amazon Turns 20

July 14th, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Amazon turns 20 tomorrow. This anniversary means Amazon is one step closer to being your newest competitor. Leaders of business-to-business companies: Pay attention. Fortune magazine calls Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos …


Taking Time vs. Making Time

June 23rd, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Last week I delivered my accountability workshop to owners, CEOs and key executives over a three-day period in Kelowna, British Columbia, Canada. Kelowna is western Canada’s wine region and Tony …


Dunkirk Spirit

May 26th, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Memorial Day signals the beginning of summer. The holiday’s original purpose was to honor the men and women of our armed forces. Tomorrow marks the 75th anniversary of the Dunkirk …


David Letterman’s Top 10 List for You

May 19th, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

David Letterman says goodbye to late-night TV tomorrow. During his 22 years at CBS, Letterman developed several quirky features, including “Stupid Pet Tricks,” Monkey-Cam and “Small Town News.” One of …


Tend Your Garden

April 21st, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

With Spring in full bloom nearly one-third of 2015 completed, it’s an opportune time for you to tend the garden you call your business and consider taking this action: Prune …


Success or Significance?

January 6th, 2015  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Happy New Year! Are you focused on moving from being successful to leaving a legacy of significance? Download for free this one-page personal goal-setting exercise – the 7Fs. The exercise …


Scary Times

October 7th, 2014  |  Published in Holiday, Strategic Planning

Halloween is approaching and, for some, this observance can be a scary time. The notion of witches, ghosts and goblins haunting the living on Halloween is hundreds of years old. …


Pick One: Change or Improvement

August 19th, 2014  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Every week, leaders weigh the risks of changing versus maintaining the status quo. What factors should matter most when making these types of decisions? Check out my complete post here …


Where’s Your Chokepoint?

August 12th, 2014  |  Published in Strategic Planning

I’ve posted my latest blog on LinkedIn, for a change of pace – go over and check it out at the following link –


Bon Voyage

July 29th, 2014  |  Published in Strategic Planning, Uncategorized

You’re the captain of your ship. What shape is it in? Is everyone in your organization doing what’s expected or do employees blame each other for missed deadlines, broken promises …


100 Years From Now

July 22nd, 2014  |  Published in Holiday, Strategic Planning

Next week is the 100th anniversary of World War I. Rather than focus on the tragedy of war, take a moment to consider the impact of what you’re doing today …


Half a Time Zone

July 8th, 2014  |  Published in Strategic Planning

Our family recently returned from a wonderful trip to Australia and New Zealand. While there, I spoke to several groups of CEOs for TEC Australia. We traveled to Adelaide where …


Prepare to Stop

June 24th, 2014  |  Published in Strategic Planning

We’re nearing the year’s midpoint. How’s your performance? Take these two actions in the next two weeks to increase the odds you’ll finish 2014 strong. First, hit the pause button. …