June 14, 2019

I wonder if this hypothetical situation rings true to you. You were involved in an important decision along with a group of people.  It was not an easy decision, particularly in a time when budgets were limited. One of the group was late for the meeting to make the dec...

June 5, 2019

Strategic leaders have an impact through their actions that and the actions of their teams.  Ultimately, it is these actions that will result in something happening either positively or negatively. I am using the term “action” in the broadest sense here. An action can...

May 29, 2019

The starting point for a new strategy is a clear understanding of the current state of an organization. It also forms a framework for an ongoing assessment of change.  This understanding of the current organization combined with a clear strategic goal and vision of wha...

May 15, 2019

In a previous blog I highlighted the importance of strategic leaders having a positive presence in order to deliver their purpose and strategic goals. In addition, to monitoring and managing their behavior, a key skill for a leaders to project positive presence is the...

May 8, 2019

Strategic leaders need to have a positive (executive) presence to be successful in delivering on their purpose and strategic goals.  Positive presence is something that is sometimes difficult to describe but we know it when we see it.  I have worked with great leaders...

May 1, 2019

Successful strategic leaders have a high sense of self-awareness – they are aware of their internal state and how their thoughts are framed by their experiences and biases. It is also important that they are also aware of others thoughts, feelings and biases and how th...

April 24, 2019

If a strategic leader wants to be successful they have to understand the system they are working in and they need to be system thinkers. So what is system thinking in this context?  Peter Senge, in his book the Fifth Discipline wrote that businesses and other endeavors...

April 17, 2019

A critical piece of formulating a strategy is knowing where you are trying to get to, i.e., what is the overarching goal? In Simon Sinek’s excellent TED Talk (https://www.ted.com/talks/ simon_sinek_how_great_leaders_inspire_action), he highlights the difference between...