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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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Seeing Our Economy with New Eyes

By Ed Morrison / March 18, 2020 / Comments Off on Seeing Our Economy with New Eyes

The coronavirus can teach us a lot about the true nature of our economy. The most important lesson: for decades, we’ve fundamentally misunderstood how our economy works. Our economic policy has been driven by neoclassical economics. The basic idea: you have a government, and you have the private sector. Their interests diverge. For a prosperous […]

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Deploying Strategic Doing in a Large Company

By Ed Morrison / March 7, 2020 / Comments Off on Deploying Strategic Doing in a Large Company

In about ten days, we will be conducting a two-hour presentation with a large manufacturer. They have asked us to explain Strategic Doing and how this new strategy discipline can be deployed across their organization. In our experience, two situations arise in which Strategic Doing can provide immediate value. First, managers face a wicked problem […]

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By Ed Morrison / March 2, 2020 / Comments Off on

Our universities need a redesign. The good news: the changes are not dramatic, and they can be managed. The bad news: those that do not change will be disrupted. Christensen warned us. (https://amzn.to/2vw484E) The needed changes go beyond cost-cutting. It’s a mind shift, a deep embrace of multidisciplinary approaches to complex, “wicked” challenges. This shift […]

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Resources for the Systems Innovation Webinar

By Ed Morrison / February 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Resources for the Systems Innovation Webinar

We had a wonderful session today discussing Strategic Doing and Systems Innovation.  You can review the webinar here. Also, here are some additio0nal resources that you might find helpful. Human Insight web site is here. Explainer video on cognitive diversity and AEM Cube is here A paper on the development of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in […]

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