Category Archives for "Frameworks and Processes"

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

Frameworks and Processes

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

Frameworks and Processes

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

Frameworks and Processes

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

Frameworks and Processes

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

Frameworks and Processes

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

Frameworks and Processes

SWOT Analysis should drive actions and decisions. They should not be an academic or discussion exercise. Use a SWOT Action Plan to identify the actions the SWOT Analysis will drive. The SWOT Action Plan is a matrix that identifies where the Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats can be leveraged and employed across each other. At […]

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Where SWOT Analysis Go Wrong

Frameworks and Processes

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. If you’ve done a SWOT analysis before don’t stop reading here. Most SWOTs can be done better. A […]

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Best Practice Brainstorming

Frameworks and Processes

Sitting through a “worst practices” brainstorming is frustrating and pointless. This article gives you a step-by-step process for best practice brainstorming. This process works. It’s fun. And it produces results. It’s the basis for many processes that Critical to Success will describe in other articles. For example, you can expand on this brainstorming process to […]

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Most Brainstorming is Worthless when It Could be Awesome!

Frameworks and Processes

Brainstorming is a very important creative business tool – When You Do It Right! The problem is that most brainstorming sessions could produce so much better results. The brainstorming process I’m about to describe follows best-practices in neuroscience research. I’ve used it for years. It’s fun and it produces great results. The first brainstorming session […]

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Post-It ®Notes – Power Tools for the Brain

Frameworks and Processes

3M Post-It® notes are like power tools for the brain. Actually, a better metaphor is that they are power tools for multiple brains working together. Post-It notes are great tools for generating ideas, developing project management work flows, mapping processes, developing tasks lists, and more. If you’re working with a group you will want to […]

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