Category Archives for "Strategy"

Values? Do We Need Them? Ask United Airlines.

Strategy , Value Statement

I was shocked earlier this week to see the video of United Airlines forcibly dragging a doctor off one of its airplanes because United needed the seat for a crew connecting with another flight. Click here to see the article and video in the New York Times. Warning this is violent. This is an excellent example […]

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Creating Your Core Value Statement

Strategy , Value Statement

Value statements, rather than being long statements no one can remember, should be concise statements that are so clear everyone knows whether their strategies, tactics, and actions are in alignment. Core Values are difficult, if not impossible to teach. They grow from the organization’s start, reflecting the personalities and character of the founders and executives. […]

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Putting Your Organization’s Core Values into Practice

Strategy , Value Statement

Don’t just post Core Values in a frame and hang them on the wall! Executives and managers should live by the Core Values and watch for alignment between the Core Values and behavior. Click here to read “Values? Do we need them? Ask United Airlines.” Click here to learn how to create a Value Statement […]

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14 Top Tips for a SWOT Analysis that Works

Strategy , SWOT , Top Tips

A good SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats/Trends) identifies factors that impact your Strategic Business Objective, tactic, project, or product. Use these tips to make sure your SWOT is BETTER THAN GOOD! If you already consider yourself experienced with conducting SWOT Analysis, check tips 8, 10, 11, 12, and 13 for tips that may be […]

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

SMART Goals , 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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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

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 Strategy and Projects with SWOT Analysis

Project Management , Strategy , SWOT

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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