Category: Strategic Planning

Public Institutions, Planning and Budget Cuts

Planning for the future can seem like a waste of time when just keeping the lights on is a struggle. Budget cuts are hitting many public institutions, including schools, colleges and universities. The gut reaction is to put the future on hold and deal with the present. That approach some major drawbacks. First, if you.

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The Internet’s Uncertain Future

Anyone who claims they can accurately predict the Internet’s future is at minimum wrong, definitively delusional and perhaps borderline psychotic. The Internet is influenced by many things, and any attempt to extrapolate outcomes from current trends in destined to failure. If that is true, then how does an organization plan for its future? The answer.

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Science, Uncertainty and Being Right

The October 2010 Scientific American reports on an exclusive poll about trust in science. For the most part, people trust scientists, but not at the highest level, especially when it comes to things that non-scientists have personal experience with.  At the low end of the trust rung were food safety, vitamins and supplements, genetically modified.

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Foursquare’s Dennis Crowley not Very Strategic in NewScientist Interview

When think of Internet start-ups that become recognized in popular culture, you tend to think that their leadership is pretty savvy. That may be so in some ways, but business is multi-dimensional and success is about balancing those dimensions, not being good at just one or two things. Case in point is a recent interview.

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Augmenting Strategic Planning for Dummies

Overall, I like Erica Olsen’s Strategic Planning for Dummies, but I am not a fan of the scenario planning overview, which comes rather late in the book. Here are some thoughts for readers that they should consider when using Olsen’s text. Strategic Planning for Dummies covers scenario planning in a very cursory way on pages.

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Strategic Measures–Toward New Measures for a Sustainable, Knowledge Economy

As America grasps for innovative ways to exit the recession, we have forgotten a fundamental business reality: measurement determines behavior. Ask any sales person if their bonus structure determines which products they lead with or not. The problem with America’s national investments is that they say green, but they shout industrial age thinking. It is.

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Scenarios should make you uncomfortable

During a recent scenario planning session, I was asked, one the scenarios were revealed, if that wasn’t enough. People now knew the future was uncertain, and couldn’t they just get on with creating their plans. I begged the groups indulgence, as I believe that only by living through the scenarios, in a very visceral way,.

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Scenario Planning: Uncertainties Facing Cities

Scenario Planning: Uncertainties Facing Cities Scenario planning with city and chamber of commerce representatives resulted in the following list uncertainties: Crime and Safety Urban design and open planning Zoning Population (numbers) Population Distribution Demographics Income Character of employment Natural disasters Sensitivity to sprawl and Suburban integration – retrofitting suburbs Architecture State of polluted land What.

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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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