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Moving Strategic Doing into Business Schools

By Ed Morrison / November 9, 2019 / Comments Off on Moving Strategic Doing into Business Schools

This past week, we spent time on the campus of The Ohio State University, sharing the new approach to strategy in loosely connected networks. The discipline requires a deep understanding of the dynamics of collaboration: how collaboration emerges from conversations with an underlying structure and trajectory. If you understand this underlying structure and how it […]

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Strategy as a Continuous, Adaptive Process

By Ed Morrison / November 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Strategy as a Continuous, Adaptive Process

Management transformation — at its core — is a shift in mental models, a shift in mindsets. This transformation emerges when we adopt new disciplines that lead to new habits. We are open to new habits when we are willing to abandon old patterns of thinking and behavior. That’s why approaching strategy in new ways […]

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Breaking the Grip of Silos

By Ed Morrison / October 3, 2019 / Comments Off on Breaking the Grip of Silos

In a world in which networks create knowledge and value, leadership involves designing and guiding these networks. In most hierarchical organizations, the task involves breaking the grip of silos by strengthening networks. We’ve learned to distinguish among three types of networks: affinity networks (or interested communities), learning networks (or communities of practice) and innovating networks. […]

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Podcasts for Economic and Community Developers

By Ed Morrison / August 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Podcasts for Economic and Community Developers

A few weeks ago, I spent some time with Dennis Fraise of Develop This!, a podcast for economic and community developers. In this first podcast, I start by providing some background on the development of the Agile Strategy Lab at Purdue. The Lab is the place at Purdue where people learn the skills to address […]

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Fostering Collaboration on a Local Level

By Ed Morrison / August 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Fostering Collaboration on a Local Level

Jacob Moses and I explore how city leaders can grow their economies by fostering collaboration on a local level, including how to find existing assets in your community, how to encourage existing organizations to focus on a shared goal, and how to move forward by relentlessly focusing on “doing the doable”.

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Insights: Why Strategic Doing Beats Strategic Planning

By Ed Morrison / July 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Insights: Why Strategic Doing Beats Strategic Planning

A few weeks ago, I had a great conversation with Aga Bajer, of Culture Lab. In this interview, Aga and I discuss: The value of practice and discipline versus skimming the surface of things The need to slow down before going fast The benefits of creating a safe space for deep, focused conversations How power […]

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A Podcast for Workforce Developers

By Ed Morrison / July 10, 2019 / Comments Off on A Podcast for Workforce Developers

How do you design and guide complex transformations for workforce development? This podcast explores how workforce development professionals can learn a new set of skills to design and manage complex collaborations.  

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Agile Leadership Book

Celebrate National Book Day with Strategic Doing!

By Liz Nilsen / April 23, 2019 / Comments Off on Celebrate National Book Day with Strategic Doing!

As you can imagine, we have an idea about how you might do that! Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership is available for pre-order from all of the usual outlets – we have links on the book page. The book is perfect for that colleague, aspiring leader, or student of management who’s looking for […]

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Best Books from 2018

By Liz Nilsen / April 10, 2019 / Comments Off on Best Books from 2018

While we await the publishing of Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership, it seems a good time to re-cap the best books we read last year. Ed Morrison (the developer of Strategic Doing) picks a few every month to recommend in our monthly newsletter; here they all are in one place: The New Education: […]

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Strategic Doing book now available for pre-ordering

By Liz Nilsen / April 8, 2019 / Comments Off on Strategic Doing book now available for pre-ordering

The developer of Strategic Doing, Ed Morrison, has been urged many times over the years to write a book about Strategic Doing. There have been a few starts made at it, but it wasn’t until we started teaching the discipline that the organization of such a book became clear. A team coalesced to take on […]

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