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Creating what’s next: the future for agriculture in New Mexico

By Liz Nilsen / September 1, 2020 / Comments Off on Creating what’s next: the future for agriculture in New Mexico

Just because the future is uncertain is no reason to put off thinking about it – in fact, it makes it even more imperative. One of the strengths of Strategic Doing is its ability to accommodate uncertainty. Unlike strategic planning, you’re not trying to use past performance data, and you’re not making plans for the […]

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Third Thursday re-cap: how do plans get executed – or not?

By Liz Nilsen / August 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Third Thursday re-cap: how do plans get executed – or not?

The Strategic Doing community’s conversation at yesterday’s Third Thursday was full of good ideas. We focused on “strategic action plans” – the deliverable from a Strategic Doing workshop. If you’ve been to a Strategic Doing training or presentation, you’ve probably heard us quote a McKinsey study. 70% of strategic plans fail. The strategic action plan […]

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Situating Strategic Doing

By Ed Morrison / August 19, 2020 / Comments Off on Situating Strategic Doing

Today, I participated in a learning session with professionals from a large multinational company. One of the first questions: Can you give us some background on your work? I explained briefly my experience as a strategy practitioner and researcher. However, I did not situate this work in the transformation taking place in strategic practice. The […]

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A Bumper Crop of New Certified Workshop Leaders

By Liz Nilsen / August 10, 2020 / Comments Off on A Bumper Crop of New Certified Workshop Leaders

In January, the Strategic Doing core team decided to move certification to an online course. We pivoted from working with individuals one at a time – a strategy that we’ve outgrown with the number of practitioners seeking certification. (What is a certified Strategic Doing workshop leader? Here’s a summary.) In April, an intrepid group of […]

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Third Thursday Re-Cap: Thinking about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

By Liz Nilsen / July 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Third Thursday Re-Cap: Thinking about Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Our Third Thursday conversation today focused on the connections and potential of Strategic Doing with the topics of diversity, inclusion and equity. Flint leader Kenyetta Dotson shared her experiences using Strategic Doing principles in that community, where SD has become not so much a methodology as a “way of being. Strategic Doing Fellow Michon Hicks […]

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Partnership with the Agile Business Consortium

By Ed Morrison / July 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Partnership with the Agile Business Consortium

Our work with the Agile Business Consortium continues to grow. The Consortium’s Framework for Business Agility is designed to help organizations become more adaptive, creative and resilient. One dimension of this framework includes “agile strategy”. But what does that mean? In a word, agile strategy involves shifting your organization from a linear to a circular […]

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Big Changes to Certification

By Liz Nilsen / April 30, 2020 / Comments Off on Big Changes to Certification

Our very first Strategic Doing training was in January of 2012 – 19 people gathered at Purdue University to hear more about a new way to help groups focus on strategic, measurable outcomes and move into action immediately. A few years later, we introduced the idea of Strategic Doing workshop leader certification – providing practitioners […]

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Leadership in a Crisis: Why Framing Questions Replace Vision Statements

By Ed Morrison / April 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Leadership in a Crisis: Why Framing Questions Replace Vision Statements

Here’s an exceptionally good article on leadership in a crisis. We’ve seen this emerging trend for some time: in an era of growing complexity, coherence is more important than vision. We are seeing lessons in this pandemic, as we move closer to the edge, toward chaos and loss of meaning. The leaders who inspire us […]

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Strategic Doing in the Age of Social Distancing

By Liz Nilsen / April 20, 2020 / Comments Off on Strategic Doing in the Age of Social Distancing

If you’ve been to a Strategic Doing workshop, you know that the participants sit at tables in groups of 5-8 or so and have an extended conversation over the course of about 3 hours. When everyone walks out the room, they do so with a clear strategic outcome with measurable characteristics, a task to complete, […]

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A Must-Read Book for CIOs

By Ed Morrison / March 23, 2020 / Comments Off on A Must-Read Book for CIOs

Who knew? We wrote one of the 10 Must-Read Books on Collaboration for CIO’s and IT professionals. This recognition is important to us. Red Hat, a division of IBM, compiled the list.  The digital transformation of business is not a pure technology play. It requires scalable learning. It is a recursive process of continuous experimentation: […]

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