Tag: planning

  • Writing as natural as breathing

    Writing as natural as breathing

    A friend of mine said he liked my writing.  This is not meant to be self-serving (well, anymore than usual).  I thanked him, and he told me it reminded him of David Brooks of The New York Times.  I don’t read The NY Times, not for any reason other than I live near Boston, I usually…

  • In pilot we trust

    If you’re a consultant, flying comes with the territory.  You get to experience different cities, perhaps international cultures, and certainly a lot of waiting around.  There’s a saying that if you have never missed a flight, you are spending too much time in the airport.  I understand the point, and I’m good being a little early…

  • Zero pants and a funeral

    I traveled out of state to attend the funeral of the father of my closest friend.   Everyone was hanging out at the hotel the night before, reminiscing and passing around pictures and drinks.  It was nice that friends and family were sharing good times before the memorial service and funeral the next day. Fast forward…

  • Does talking about strategy make you strategic?

    I participated in a two-day team strategy meeting in California a few years ago.  As an icebreaker, a consultant worked with us to determine how we approached business, strategy, and teams.  It was similar to a personality test, only geared towards work. During Q&A, one of my teammates asked the consultant “how do you become strategic?”.  His…

  • Why do you need a roadmap?

    Once you have your vision and strategy, you need to figure out how and when you are going to accomplish the goals to fulfill them.  This is where a roadmap is a vital tool in the overall strategic planning process. When you drive to an unfamiliar location, you probably fire up Google Maps or Waze on…