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Mississippi State University becomes a Strategic Doing affiliate

By Liz Nilsen / November 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Mississippi State University becomes a Strategic Doing affiliate

We’re excited to announce the newest Strategic Doing affiliate: Mississippi State University. The Stennis Institute hosts the Strategic Doing activity at the university. Founded in 1976, the Stennis Institute works alongside local, regional, and state leaders to help build stronger, more resilient communities and regions. The Institute’s work enhances the capacity of state and local leaders […]

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New resource: Strategic Doing pack in español!

By Liz Nilsen / November 11, 2018 / Comments Off on New resource: Strategic Doing pack in español!

A great team in the Strategic Doing community (spearheaded by Lilly Cavanaugh, Arleen Hernández, Carr Biggerstaff, José Lugo, and Marco Lenis) has begun working on making Strategic Doing materials available for Spanish speakers. We’re looking forward to the new possibilities that will emerge because of this expanded capacity. Find the new pack in the Practitioner’s […]

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The fun is back! Introduction to Strategic Doing (free online course)

By Liz Nilsen / October 22, 2018 / Comments Off on The fun is back! Introduction to Strategic Doing (free online course)

Today’s complexities demand agility and collaboration to do strategic work. Today we’re announcing our second presentation of a free online course introducing Strategic Doing. The first session enrolled more than 2,000 people from around the world (125 countries!). The 3-week course will help you sharpen your ability to think horizontally in networks and you’ll gain […]

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Why Strategic Doing is Growing So Quickly

By Ed Morrison / September 29, 2018 / Comments Off on Why Strategic Doing is Growing So Quickly

In designing Strategic Doing, we started with a rigorous definition of strategy. We have a strategy when we can answer two questions: Where we going? How will we get there? If a strategy cannot answer these two questions, it’s not really a strategy. So, it’s common that many strategic plans actually failed the test. They […]

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What People Tell Us About Strategic Doing

By Ed Morrison / September 9, 2018 / Comments Off on What People Tell Us About Strategic Doing

Some people who experience Strategic Doing  get so excited that they write us. We’ve gathered some of these comments and put them together. They make for some inspiring reading. Strategic Doing Testimonials from Ed Morrison

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Is Your Landscape Dancing?

By Scott Hutcheson / July 28, 2018 / Comments Off on Is Your Landscape Dancing?

When we first began testing out Strategic Doing we were looking for use cases anywhere. We had a hammer and everything looked a whole lot like a nail. In those early days we probably tried to use Strategic Doing at times when it might not have been the right tool for the situation. We have […]

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Jumping the Curve: How Do We Do That?

By Ed Morrison / July 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Jumping the Curve: How Do We Do That?

Organizations  of all types – – business, government, nonprofits, education – – are facing a major challenge:  moving from hierarchical to network mindsets. To capture the scope of this transformation, we use the idea of S curves. Years ago, as we were developing Strategic Doing, one of our mentors, David Morgenthaler, suggested that we use […]

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Our Upcoming Training Schedule

By Ed Morrison / July 6, 2018 / Comments Off on Our Upcoming Training Schedule

With the growth of Strategic Doing worldwide, we are adding new training sessions each month.Here is our summer and fall schedule. Keep checking back though. We are adding sessions continuously. These sessions are two half days of experiential learning. You’ll come away with the deeper understanding of the underlying structure of collaborative conversations. You will […]

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Keeping a Collaboration on Track

By Ed Morrison / June 25, 2018 / Comments Off on Keeping a Collaboration on Track

By our definition, a collaboration is strategic. It involves a team of people moving toward a shared outcome along a pathway that they define. A collaboration is not networking. That is simply exchanging information. A collaboration is not coordination or cooperation.  These involve sharing resources or aligning individual actions.  All of these steps – – […]

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Agile is possible, even in government

By Liz Nilsen / June 11, 2018 / Comments Off on Agile is possible, even in government

Even if you’re not a federal, state or government employee, you’ll appreciate this story: Imagine you went shopping, put nine things into your cart, and then, when you went to check out…you had to pay for them one at a time, in nine different lines. It’s not hypothetical. Our colleague Michon Hicks at the DC […]

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