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Use S-Curves to Understand Agility

By Ed Morrison / February 15, 2020 / Comments Off on Use S-Curves to Understand Agility

We continue to define the term “strategic agility” more rigorously. Following an S-Curve framework, there are 5 critical strategic focus areas an enterprise must manage. (I corrected the image. You can download a PDF here: http://bit.ly/2u5WtJH) Recombinant Innovation: Creating new value by linking and leveraging existing assets both inside and outside the organization. Knowledge assets […]

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Strategy is…

By Ed Morrison / January 27, 2020 / Comments Off on Strategy is…

Strategy is like software. If you can’t get your ideas off the whiteboard, they have little value. If you can’t test your thinking with practical experiments, you will never learn. If you keep talking and don’t do anything, you’re in the same place you were yesterday and falling behind; the world is moving and you’re […]

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Breaking the Grip of Silos

By Ed Morrison / January 12, 2020 / 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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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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