Category: Strategic Planning

Scientific American Predictions: Always Question Predictions

Scientific American Predictions: Always Question Predictions Scientific American Predictions…In June, Scientific American published an article, 12 Events that Will Change Everything, that outlined 12 major scientific discoveries that would change the world if they were discovered or if they took place. I like the list. It is a great list of external uncertainties that will.

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Public Sector Uncertainties: Why Cities, Counties and Regions Need Scenario Planning

Public Sector Uncertainties Perhaps the most important reason that cities, counties, and regions need scenario planning is that they have less control over their markets than do the businesses and people who live there. Unlike people and businesses, these political entities are fixed in space. They may occasionally annex some new territory, but they are.

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How Does Scenario Planning Help Drive Innovation?

How does scenario planning help drive Innovation? I am often asked how scenario planning and the resulting scenarios help drive innovation. Here are six key points to consider: Scenarios increase the productivity of brainstorming and idea discovery. Because scenarios force people into other social, economic, political and technological realities, the constraints of the present and.

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Social Mood and Strategy

Social Mood and Strategy A recent opinion article in New Scientist got me thinking about the influences of strategy. In this article, How social mood moves the world, John Casti explores how many things, including the behavior of the stock market, elections, and buying behavior, reflect the mood of the consumer. This is yet another.

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Top Ten Reasons to Use Scenario Planning

Top Ten Reasons to Use Scenario Planning The future is uncertain. You put your organization at risk when you think you are certain about something you can’t possibly be certain about, so you need a robust process to challenge assumptions. One of the best ways to drive innovation is to put people into places and.

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Scenario Planning: The Focus of the Scenario Planning Focal Question

The Focus of the Focal Question Defining the scenario planning focal question is a crucial part of the scenario planning process. They act as a conceptual boundary. I see focal questions as a key determinant of strategic intent. If an organization isn’t willing to ask a concise question about the future, then they are just.

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12 Characteristics of Strategy: What Strategy Is and Isn’t

12 Characteristics of Strategy: What Strategy Is and Isn’t In the early days of my courses on strategy, the curriculum focuses on strategic planning basics. I have developed 12 characteristics of a strategic plan because strategy is a framework for answers, not an answer. It is a definition of approach. The move from strategy to.

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Why the World Needs Scenarios

Why the World Needs Scenarios Many think that reason alone will prepare them for the future. There little hope of convincing those pinned to logical extrapolation that scenarios will enlighten their assumptions and assertions. Stories about the future can’t be driven by evidence, the analysis of data and robust processes that weed out error. There.

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Once and Future Strategic Planning

Once and Future Strategic Planning Strategic planning is a cycle. It’s like reading Finnegans Wake. No beginning and no end. The participant keeps negotiating with the middle. Some organizations have a great desire to grapple with their place in the world, in a market. That struggle of definition can, and perhaps should, take on two.

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Checklist: Internal Strategic Plan Marketing

If a strategic plan is to be inclusive in its development, then the idea of a strategic plan and the particular instance within any given organization needs to include a marketing program and a communication plan. Keep your organization on track by communicating how you think about the future, and the future you think about..

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