Strategic Management Blog

From Theory to Practice

KPIs

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 …

Strategic Management Dubai

LBL Brings SMPS Boot Camp to Dubai

By LBL Strategies Team

Our VP of Operations, Doug Maris, is in Dubai – and not just for the nice weather! Doug brought our Strategic Management Performance System Boot Camp with him to help professionals from across the globe build skills required in all phases of business strategy. Learners from Dubai, UAE, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, United Kingdom and Egypt have been experiencing intensive, hands-on …

Transformation Strategy

Is Your Business Transformation Strategy Going Down the Drain?

By Randall Rollinson

This post was originally published on July 24th, 2016. It was just featured in PMI Chicagoland Chapter’s Newsletter! How many times have you heard the term “Business Transformation?” Have you ever wondered about the exact meaning of this widely used term? I have. Basically, it is a change management strategy which has the aim to align people, process and technology initiatives of …

Performance Management

What Exactly Does Performance Management Mean in Relation to Strategy?

By Randall Rollinson

The term “performance management” has many meanings in the world of business. A common one is “employee performance management,” where businesses track how well an employee is contributing to the organization. This is not the type of performance management we’re talking about here. Performance management takes on a new meaning when brought up in the context of organization strategy. To …

Strategic Plan

Never Stop Evaluating Your Strategic Plan

By LBL Strategies Team

As the rate of innovation, disruption and change accelerates across all sectors private, public and nonprofit, the requirements of strategic planning are called into question. New methodologies, techniques and tools such as OKRs come to the fore challenging organizations to adopt shorter timetables and be more nimble in the formulation of strategy, evaluating performance and making course corrections. In the …

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Business Innovation

A Peek Behind the Curtain: How Do Successful Companies “Innovate”?

By Gail Stout Perry

The topic of innovation can be daunting, filled with vague terminology and mysterious processes. How does an organization innovate? How does one create a culture of innovation? And how does one guard against – or create – disruptive innovation? And what does all of the above even mean? Steve Jobs said it best, “Creativity is just connecting things. When you …

Data vs. Experience

Data vs. Experience: Is Going with Your Gut Obsolete?

By LBL Strategies Team

As the business world’s dependence on data collection and analytics continues to grow, many strategic planners are left wondering what their role is going to be in this new era of computer-driven decision making. Is the old-school CEO going to be usurped by technology, or is there still room for someone with professional experience to make the call? The answer …

How to Facilitate a Successful Meeting

How to Facilitate a Successful Meeting

By Randall Rollinson

Everyone has been in a meeting that lacked structure, leaving it to suddenly veer wildly off track. Maybe someone takes too much control over the conversation, or discussion devolves to off-topic complaints or topics. Whatever the reason, as a meeting organizer you’re left in a tough place. At this point the reason you assembled everyone in the first place – …

What is your Organization’s Appetite and Tolerance for Risk?

What is your Organization’s Appetite and Tolerance for Risk?

By Randall Rollinson

Over the past several months we developed a strategic thinking course for one of our primary clients.  As we got into the design and development of the course, we discovered that managing risk is a critically important consideration in thinking strategically. Solid strategic thinking related to executing the organization’s strategy includes assessing the trade-offs involved in selecting a particular course …

Transformation Strategy

Is Your Business Transformation Strategy Going Down the Drain?

By Randall Rollinson

How many times have you heard the term “Business Transformation?”  Have you ever wondered about the exact meaning of this widely used term?  I have.  Basically it is a change management strategy which has the aim to align people, process and technology initiatives of a company more closely with its business strategy and vision. Assuming we can generally agree with this definition, I’m …