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Moving Toward Strategy as a Flexible Process

By Ed Morrison / February 5, 2019 / Comments Off on Moving Toward Strategy as a Flexible Process

Strategy is dynamic. Different business units — positioned at different locations on the S-Curve — will face different strategic challenges. The implication is profound: a one-size fits all, top-down strategy process (traditional strategic planning) will not be the most productive approach to maximizing a return on assets. In too many cases, corporations are driving toward […]

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By Embracing Complexity We Find Simplicity

By Ed Morrison / January 15, 2019 / Comments Off on By Embracing Complexity We Find Simplicity

We’ve grown up with a mechanical worldview that is now getting in the way of our ability to adapt and survive. With this mechanical mindset, we think of the world as a machine. We can analyze facts and execute plans toward a predictable future. We can measure and control outcomes. Traditional strategic planning embodies this […]

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Why short meetings work

By Liz Nilsen / December 3, 2018 / Comments Off on Why short meetings work

If you’ve been to a Strategic Doing workshop, you’ve seen an hourglass on each page of the Action Pack, with the number of minutes to be spent on each page alongside it. Those time guidelines can feel quite compressed. There’s usually at least one person who leaves a comment in the evaluation that says, “Too […]

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The NASA mission to Mars: a really complex challenge

By Liz Nilsen / November 30, 2018 / Comments Off on The NASA mission to Mars: a really complex challenge

Have you been as awe-struck at the images coming from NASA’s Mars InSight lander as we have? The NASA mission to Mars hit a major milestone this week: an unmanned spacecraft made a perfect landing 300 million miles from its starting point on planet Earth – after almost ten years of planning (the original proposals […]

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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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