Is your strategy achievable?

Everyone I meet has problems. We all have things that don’t go as planned or have challenges which catch us off guard. When you stop to think about it, a problem is nothing more than a situation in need of improvement. My experience is that people can have three responses to their “situations”: Play the […]

The 20 mile march

One concept I use frequently with clients is that of the“The 20 Mile March” which Jim discusses in his 2011 book Great by Choice.   I often work with a lot of fast growth companies that sometimes experience erratic growth patterns.  Managing this growth can be very difficult from a priority, cash and people standpoint.  […]

5 Reasons why your strategic plan won’t work

Time again, businesses hold strategy days, plan retreats and spend money on strategic planning sessions that don’t produce any lasting results. The session may go well and produce a sensible and comprehensible plan for everyone to follow, but progress hardly takes form. The plan barely gets off the ground before it’s pulled back down to […]

The Discipline of Annual Planning

As we approach the end of the year many executive teams are gathering in conference rooms for the yearly ritual of annual planning. Why is this such an important ritual? According to an article in McKinsey Quarterly, “For those working in the overwhelming majority of corporations, the annual planning process plays an essential role. In […]

How to share your strategic plan

At the end of all High Growth strategic workshops we allocate time to developing a communication plan on how to share the vision and strategy with the wider team. Communicating your strategic plan and vision just one time is not going to be enough. You need to constantly and consistently engage your team in the […]

How to avoid “shiny toy” syndrome……

Variety is the spice of life. However, if you (like me) see the world as an exciting mass of opportunities to learn, try and create new things, you know that variety can be dangerous. The challenge is that it’s easy to get distracted from the goals and plans you have already made. Rather than seeing […]

How to avoid “shiny toy” syndrome……

Variety is the spice of life. However, if you (like me) see the world as an exciting mass of opportunities to learn, try and create new things, you know that variety can be dangerous. The challenge is that it’s easy to get distracted from the goals and plans you have already made. Rather than seeing […]

How to role out your strategy

Getting your strategy right is only the start, the real challenge is implementing the strategy, ensuring every person throughout your company is taking complete ownership of the strategy and is fully engaged in doing their best to implement it. The first step in strategy implementation is communicating the strategy to the wider team. One of our […]

How to implement your strategy…..

After completing a strategy process, a lot of managing directors I work with are tempted to breathe a sigh of relief. However, if you think going through the process of discussing strategy and creating a plan means it will magically be implemented, think again. Only 10% of companies implement their strategy successfully. A few years […]