Let’s face it: the future is uncontrollable. But what if you knew that experts are about as successful at predicting the future as dart-throwing chimpanzees*, would you think differently about your strategy and execution? No one ever has complete control, and external forces ultimately impact our organizations’ performance. The point is though that we are [...]
Often in PuMP® workshops, participants will approach me for more information on how to integrate PuMP® into their planning. So let’s explore the benefits your organization receives when planning meets PuMP®, 4 tips to elevate your strategic planning using PuMP®.
John Bailey is the General Manager of Regina’s YMCA, and he attended the Toronto PuMP® Blueprint workshop in March this year. I was so glad when John sent me an email in June and shared how well his measure teams' first four steps of PuMP® had gone. He didn’t wait around to perfect his learning [...]
What would you ask Vancouver's music, yoga and business guru if you had one hour? I was lucky enough to have this quandary thanks to a recent fundraiser I attended and a silent auction I won. I parted with a bit of cash for a good cause and received my own coffee meeting with Terry at his favourite coffee shop.
I have been coaching four measures team recently as they practice putting their own strategy through Stacey Barr’s PuMP® Performance Measurement 8-step process. A common struggle for employees is finding time in their busy workloads to improve their approach to performance measurement so that they have the insights they need to make meaningful progress. Though [...]
This January, I had the opportunity to facilitate at the PMA’s Leadership Symposium where I worked alongside leader extraordinaire Mark King, President of adidas North America as he delivered a MARK-talk worth recounting. TED should have been watching. Mark will soon celebrate one year as President of adidas North America, but it was his stories [...]
When was the last time you worked with your strategic plan? If it is 6 months or more you should be concerned and it is time to get curious as to why. Your team invested time, money and energy into the plan’s development and these are not things you intended to squander I’m sure. So what part of the process has caused the plan to start to collect dust on your boardroom shelf? Jump start it! With these simple steps revive your strategy, recover some of the energy and drive better results?
As we get closer to the end of the year and contemplate 2015, you and your organization’s leaders may have sat down to do your strategic planning. You have likely talked about your purpose, desired future state, position in the marketplace, maybe values and possibly set some top priorities. Now what? In my experience, this [...]
Stop writing your strategy in vague, ambiguous, weasely language! For some reason using corporate-speak (also known as weasel words) to communicate strategy has become common practice. So why do people who develop strategy think they need to use weasel words? In my experience, it is usually one or all of the following four reasons...
Most humans don’t enjoy being uncomfortable and that is why the armchair is one of the best-selling pieces of furniture. Ahh, you can feel the comfort setting in. But leaders who want to be great strategists must resist the desire to be armchair planners. Here's a few reasons why you may want to push yourself beyond your comfort zone more often