Author: Daniel W. Rasmus

Strategy and What Not To Do: The US National Debt

Strategy and What Not To Do: The US National Debt as an Example Strategy and What Not To Do:…Strategy is as much about what not to do as it is about what to do. The US Government as a whole (vs. the slices the parties claim as theirs) lacks a sense of strategy. If they.

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The Right Time to Write a Mission Statement

The Right Time to Write a Mission Statement…When is the right time to write a mission statement? My answer has always been at the beginning of a strategic planning process. At least initially. Don’t get married to that one. Strategic planning the mission. Strategic planning is about thinking strategically, at least that should be its.

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Washington DC Needs Strategic Play

Washington DC Needs Strategic Play As I listen to the partisan bickering in Washington D.C., I mourn the loss of ideas that could be fueled by real engagement. Rather than lob old ideas and quick fixes across the aisle like rhetoric bombs, they should be finding a common ground for strategic play. Scenario planning, at.

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Taking Action – Action Plans

Rethinking Action Plans A common mistake in strategic planning comes when the “strategic planning” team communicates the strategic plan to functions and individuals and asks them to “incorporate the strategy” into their operations. The last part of the last sentence is OK, but the rest of it implies that the functions are doing is the.

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Strategy and Education: Differentiate or Continue to Struggle

Strategy and Education: Differentiate or Continue to Struggle Budget cuts for schools. Record profits on Wall Street. What is the differentiator? I will make it simple and tie it to the President’s “Race to the Top” initiative: Performance measures. We don’t know how to measure the performance of educators, and therefore, by inference, we don’t know how.

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How to Define Goals and Objectives

How to Define Goals and Objectives It is always interesting when I enter a conversation about strategy, because before long, the conversation turns to terminology. People spend hours discussing: What is a mission? What is a vision? What is a goal? What is an objective? That is forgivable because most people don’t live this terminology..

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The Enlightening Bridge Between Art And Work

Sometimes I hear something on the radio and I feel compelled to embellish or comment. Today I heard a piece that was the high art of observation and extremely relevant to the topics of this blog. I will now let Alain De Botton speak for himself about the bridge between art and work:

The Enlightening Bridge Between Art And Work

Thank you to NPR for your continued enlightenment.

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Strategic Planning: The Environmental Scan

It is important that strategic planning not be linear. Strategic planning has moments of parallelism, most notably at the beginning and the end (there is really no end, but we’ll get to that later) of the project. So as you have your team ruminating on the mission statement and agreeing on the process, you can.

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Tips for How to Write a Mission Statement

How to Write a Mission Statement   Mission statements represent the end-state of an interactive process. Write one down. Go through the strategic planning process. Use the initial version to help inform the planning process, and then use the planning process to revise the statement if necessary. Of all the conceptual material associated with a business,.

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The Permanent Temporary Workforce

The Permanent Temporary Workforce I loved the January 18. 2010 BusinessWeek cover emblazoned with: The Permanent Temporary Workforce. Inside, I didn’t love it so much, because workers went from permanently temporary, to disposable. Workers aren’t disposable. I believe the new workforce is empowered, entrepreneurial and game changing. The recession has created an impetus for change. The workforce will never.

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