Category Archives for "Strategy"

Bet You Don’t Know the Difference! Goals or Objectives? Mission Statements or Vision Statements?

Strategy

If your meetings use terms like vision and mission, goals and objectives, and strategy and tactic, then I bet you some people are using these words wrong. That can throw off your meeting and you will end up with mixed messages in your end product. Do You Know the Difference? Goal, Strategy, Objective, Tactic Forbes, […]

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Do You Have What It Takes? The Skills 1,261 Recruiters Value Most

Career , Communication Skills , Creativity , Decision Making , Strategy , Time Management and Personal Productivity , Work-Life Balance

Bloomberg Business reporters Francesca Levy and Christopher Cannon completed the Bloomberg annual survey of which job skills are most valued in managers. They reported their results on Bloomberg.com on February 9, 2016. I thought this was something you might find of value in your career and learning decisions. I hope you do find it of […]

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The Trapeze Theory of Change – Great Dashboards Don’t Help if Nothing Changes

Strategy , Teamwork , Time Management and Personal Productivity , Work-Life Balance

As readers of Critical to Success I’m going to assume you are interested in improving your own performance and productivity and that of your organization. To do that you usually have to help people and cultures improve their performance and that is difficult. CHANGE IS DIFFICULT. Thankfully, there are some Leadership Tools that help. This […]

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Create a Non-Profit, Government, or Healthcare Strategy Map with this PowerPoint Template

Balanced Scorecard , Strategy , Strategy Map

This Strategy Map template in PowerPoint can be a powerful tool for success in non-profits, government agencies, municipalities, or healthcare organizations. Because these organizations are mission driven they need a different strategy map than those used by for-profit organizations. In the figure below you can see one form of non-profit strategy map. Non-profit, government, and […]

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Create a Strategy Map in PowerPoint with this Template

Balanced Scorecard , Strategy , Strategy Map

Strategy Maps are a visual diagram of the relationships between objectives in your strategy. You can modify this Strategy Map template in PowerPoint so everyone in your organization understands the most important objectives and their relationships. You can use it in PowerPoint presentations, PDFs to download, and in print. PowerPoint works very well when you […]

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How to Create a SWOT Analysis

Career , Strategy , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , Time Management and Personal Productivity

A SWOT analysis can help you discover the best direction to move, strengths you can take advantage of, and weaknesses you need to avoid or shore up. Making a SWOT analysis worthwhile takes brainstorming, discussion, arguing, prioritizing, and finally, executing an action plan. It should break new ground and create new insights into developing a […]

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Analyzing Business with SWOT Analysis

Project Management , Strategy , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan

The following lists are meant to get you started thinking about topics in each of the four quadrants. You may want to limit each quadrant to the most impactful five issues. So, although it’s easy to come up with many topics, you will want to choose the ones that are most critical to your objective. […]

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How to Create a SWOT Action Plan

Career , Strategy , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , Time Management and Personal Productivity

There’s not much point in creating a SWOT analysis unless it causes change. If the SWOT analysis just produces a lot of good discussion and then gets put away in a book, it’s not of much value. You need a system where the SWOT analysis will drive action. That system is the SWOT Action Plan. […]

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Where SWOT Analysis Go Wrong

Career , Strategy , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , Time Management and Personal Productivity

One best practice tool that’s almost always used (or should be used) before making a change in organizations, projects, or even personal life and career is a SWOT analysis. SWOT stands for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats. When done correctly a SWOT can give you the insights you’d get from a big brother (or sister) […]

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Excel’s Four Quadrant – Matrix Model Chart : Don’t Make a Decision without It!

Analysis , Balanced Scorecard , Charts , Dashboards , Decision Making , Excel , Strategy , SWOT Analysis and Action Plan , Time Management , Time Management and Personal Productivity

The Four Quadrant or Matrix Model is one the most valuable and widely used tools for decision making. This article has short descriptions of a few famous Four Quadrant – Matrix Model charts. The related article shows you how to create the two most used types using Excel charts. You can’t be a successful consultant […]

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