How to Create a Dynamic Strategic Plan in an Unpredictable World

Dwight Eisenhower dynamic strategic planning
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The traditional approach to strategic planning might be obsolete in this fast-paced, unpredictable world. But it does not mean that planning is useless. Creating a dynamic strategic plan will enable you to respond quickly and to be creatively proactive.

The problem with the traditional planning approach is – it doesn’t work. Recent research shows 60-80% of firms fail to execute their strategies, and fewer than 5% of employees are aware of, or understand their firms’ strategies.

The pace of change has changed. Technology has fundamentally disrupted the way we communicate and the way we do business.

Many leaders have adopted the military term VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous) to describe the environment they are contending with. Dwight Eisenhower, familiar with a VUCA environment, . . . → Read More: How to Create a Dynamic Strategic Plan in an Unpredictable World

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When you have a vision, you don't have to see the whole path.

When you have a vision, you don't need to see the whole path.
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The path might not be clear, but stay focused on your vision and take the next step.

There will be many unexpected turns and surprises along the way, but if you hold what is essential and true, your choices will be clear.

As you move toward what you truly desire, you will understand it more deeply and your vision will become clearer.

 

Remember, the journey is as important as the destination.

 

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In addition to my regular leadership blog, I offer “Thursday Thoughts” – simple truths for reflection and food for thought.

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Shift the Flow of Energy to Propel Your Team To High Performance

High Performance Team Leadership
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What is a high performance team? –> a team that produces outstanding results, where everyone works in synchronicity, appreciates each other’s contributions, and is proud to be a member of the team.

Research has revealed the characteristics of high performance teams. And most of us have had an experience on a high performance team at some point in our lives – whether at work, in school, sports or our community.

We know what they are, we know they are powerful, we would like to be a member of one.

Yet, high performance team leadership is elusive. Although most leaders will say they want their team to be high performance, most teams are not.

How do you build a high performance team?

Actually you can’t. . . . → Read More: Shift the Flow of Energy to Propel Your Team To High Performance

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Be a leader worth following.

Be a leader worth following
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Thursday Thoughts: Be a leader worth following. People follow leaders by choice. Otherwise at best, you get mindless compliance.

Read ➤ How to Be a Leader People Want to Follow.

 

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In addition to my regular leadership blog, I offer “Thursday Thoughts” – simple truths for reflection and food for thought.

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Why Your Vision Statement Puts People to Sleep And Why Theirs Doesn't

Your Vision Statement Puts People to Sleep
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If your vision statement is like most, you don’t think about it much, and its best use is for bedtime reading as a cure for insomnia.

7 Reasons Your Vision Statement Puts People to Sleep

1. It sounds like “God, Mother, and Apple-Pie.”

2. It is too vague to provide any direction.

3. It’s boring.

4. It was written by the marketing department for customers, and is disconnected from daily life in the company.

5. Employees feel no involvement and sense of ownership for it. They think it’s your vision statement, not theirs.

6. It was used to justify downsizing or to drive a change vision that did not benefit the individuals in the organization.

7. Leaders don’t model it and they don’t use . . . → Read More: Why Your Vision Statement Puts People to Sleep And Why Theirs Doesn’t

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Without integrity, your other values don't matter.

Do what you say, say what you mean Without integrity your other values don't matter. Jesse Lyn Stoner
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Thursday Thoughts:

Do what you say.

Say what you mean.

Without integrity, your other values don’t matter.

 

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In addition to my regular leadership blog, I offer “Thursday Thoughts” – simple truths for reflection and food for thought.

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Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

Be a leader people want to follow
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People follow leaders by choice.

You can get compliance through imposing your authority, by coercion or manipulation, but you won’t be trusted and respected.

And when your followers do have a choice, there is no guarantee they will continue to follow you. Or if you find yourself out on a limb, it is likely you will find you’re alone.

To lead without relying on authority, your most powerful Portal of Influence is your character.

Character is the expression of who you are. When your character is built on a foundation of integrity, people will trust you.

Do you lead by example?

Are you honest, respectful, and authentic?

Are you consistent and dependable?

. . . → Read More: Be a Leader People Choose to Follow

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When you let go of your expectations . . .

When you let go of your expectations
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A story is told about a young boy who was traveling with his grandmother to a nearby village. The boy, very excited about the adventure, ran back and forth along the path, impatient with his grandmother’s slowness. He snacked on the berries they had brought as he waited for her.

As dusk began to fall, they were still far from the village, and Grandmother said they must stop and make camp.

“But Grandmother,” the boy cried. “I am very hungry, and we have nothing to eat. I have eaten all the berries.”

“There is food in the woods,” replied Grandmother. “Go get us some.”

The boy was gone for a long time before he returned distraught, holding an empty branch. “I looked everywhere, and could . . . → Read More: When you let go of your expectations . . .

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Visioning is an ongoing journey . . .

visioning is an ongoing journey
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Consider your vision at each step along your path.

“Vision and action” are a continuous process, and neither should occur without the other.

Thursday Thoughts: Visioning is an ongoing journey, not a one-time activity.

 

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In addition to my regular leadership blog, I offer “Thursday Thoughts” – simple truths for reflection and food for thought.

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