Phase 1.2 – Article – Measure Twice Cut Once

Growing up in Southern Illinois in the 1950’s and 1960’s was the formative period in my life. I can’t tell you how many times my brother and I were cautioned about doing things the right way the first time. I can still hear my father and grandfather saying “Measure twice, cut once! You’ve only got one shot at cutting a piece of wood, so be positive you are using the correct measurement.” This important life lesson has stuck with me ever since.

In the field of strategic management this axiom also holds true. While there is no “standard approach” to launching a strategic management program, the assessment work done up front should yield sufficient information to design and organize an effective program configured to meet the needs of a given leadership team and its organization.

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