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Companies Are Strategic When They Understand the Process

By LBL Strategies Team

“The best laid schemes of mice and men go often askew” (Robert Burns, “To a Mouse, on Turning Her Up in Her Nest with the Plough”, 1785) If poet Robert Burns were a CEO in today’s operating environment, we expect he’d use that line…often. In fact, is there a better way to manage expectations for a strategic plan with leaders …

Bridging the Gap from Strategy to Execution: Leaders Must Lead

By Randall Rollinson

We all know the routine.  A leadership team comes together to formulate strategy, then armed with the best of intentions, assign business unit and functional teams to execute the initiatives they’ve chosen. Mission accomplished! Not so fast, often a gap between understanding and performance is experienced by those charged with implementing the initiatives flowing from the strategy.  This gap invariably …

LBL Celebrates Another Successful Boot Camp Session in Dubai

By LBL Strategies Team

Dubai was such a great experience for LBL last May that we had to go back! This time we sent our President, Randall Rollinson, to train a new batch of strategy professionals. Equipped with our new and improved Mastering Strategy Boot Camp program, Randall and 16 professionals from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Uganda spent five days learning together …

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The State of Artificial Intelligence & Business Strategy

By LBL Strategies Team

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a popular topic in the realm of business. From predicting IT failures to which new song will become a hit, AI presents many exciting opportunities. This begs the question: how is AI affecting the most critical element of any business — its strategy? MIT Sloan Management Review recently partnered with The Boston Consulting Group to …

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Twelve Principles of Strategic Agility

By Dan Montgomery

At Agile Strategies, we apply the lessons of both Agile software development and organizational learning to the whole enterprise, particularly the process of formulating and deploying strategy. Here are the guiding principles we work with: #1: Sense and respond  An agile organization senses and responds to disruption and opportunity in real time. This is the only way to address the high levels of …

What is Strategic Management?

By LBL Strategies Team

We use the term “strategic management” often, but what exactly does it mean? To some, it might seem obvious, but the reality is that the term has a lot underneath the surface that is worth unpacking. To understand what strategic management is from a base level, let’s turn to our friends at the Association of Strategic Planning (ASP) who define …

What Strategic Leaders Can Learn from NASA’s Most Famous Flight Director

By LBL Strategies Team

Gene Kranz helped build NASA from the ground up in the late 1950s, developed the space program through Mercury, Gemini and Apollo, and he was the flight director for missions including Apollo 11 and Apollo 13. He’s the guy that ran mission control, one of the key players in achieving the goal of “landing a man on the moon and …

Want to Be a Better Strategic Planner? Read These Classic & New Books on Strategy

By LBL Strategies Team

Strategic planning is all about the unknown. What will my business look like in six months? What will happen if I make this decision? How can I improve as a strategic planner? The list of questions is endless, but fortunately, there have been many individuals to go before you who can provide answers. It’s rare to find yourself in a …

What’s the Difference Between the KPIs, OKRs and KRAs?

By LBL Strategies Team

When it comes to setting organizational goals, finding the right measures to track your success is a crucial part of the process. If you want to keep up with a changing market, you should know how well you’re doing, how you can improve and what effect your actions are having on your overall strategy. Needless to say, the pursuit for …

The Benefits of Becoming ASP Certified

By Randall Rollinson

When you compare strategies between businesses, you’ll find that no two are exactly alike. Each business is trying to accomplish something another isn’t – ­­however large or small the differences end up being. This fact could lead you to believe that a strategy professional’s talents are unique to each business too, with no transferable skills. But, when you look into …