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The role of vision in Strategic Doing

By Liz Nilsen / December 1, 2020 / Comments Off on The role of vision in Strategic Doing

What is the role of “vision” in Strategic Doing? If you’ve read the book, or been to one of our trainings, you might be surprised that we’re even writing a post about this – we try to make the case that vision statements, at least, usually consume an inordinate amount of time for a group […]

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Getting it done in Texarkana!

By Liz Nilsen / November 30, 2020 / Comments Off on Getting it done in Texarkana!

The Strategic Doing movement in Texarkana has grown steadily over the past few years, and a recent news article showed off how far it’s come. Certified Workshop Leader RuthEllen Whitt, who leads Leadership Texarkana, is the brains behind the Strategic Doing movement there. She estimates that about 100 groups in the area now use Strategic […]

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Building community in a time of division

By Liz Nilsen / November 23, 2020 / Comments Off on Building community in a time of division

How can we be building community when we can’t stop yelling at each other? Good question. This week in the US is Thanksgiving (the Canadians are way ahead, having celebrated in October). The traditional symbols of the US holiday leave much to be desired – the elementary school pageants of our childhood notwithstanding, the Pilgrims […]

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Digital credentials – what’s the big deal?

By Liz Nilsen / November 13, 2020 / Comments Off on Digital credentials – what’s the big deal?

Have you heard about our new digital credentials? Strategic Doing is a learned discipline – even those that have been at it for years (including Ed Morrison, who originally developed SD) keep finding new ways to help others participate in this new way of “doing more together.” Even so, if you’ve been to a Strategic […]

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Online Strategic Doing training – the next frontier

By Liz Nilsen / November 12, 2020 / Comments Off on Online Strategic Doing training – the next frontier

We’ve been asked for a long time when Strategic Doing practitioner training – the 2.5 day in-person session that more than 1,300 people have completed, sometimes referred to as the “301” – would be available online. It’s fallen into the “if it ain’t broke, why fix it?” category, but of course COVID has changed all […]

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Should you use Strategic Doing? Or Agile Leadership?

By Liz Nilsen / October 21, 2020 / Comments Off on Should you use Strategic Doing? Or Agile Leadership?

The Agile Strategy Lab at UNA is wrapping up two online courses that are the virtual version of the 2.5 day Strategic Doing practitioner training – one group is from throughout the globe, while the other group is members of a network addressing challenges in a particular community. The course has two parts – the […]

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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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