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Where the wild things are

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I spent time over the last couple of years travelling to Portland, Oregon to help a passionate and courageous group of people strategise about how they were going to bring their new organisation into being. The result is Ocean Outcomes: an organisation dedicated to helping communities and the seafood industry improve the sustainability of wild fisheries. Not […]

Have you got what it takes to be a strategic thinker?

Many people confuse strategic planning with strategic thinking. Planning is something that happens after strategic thinking has taken place. So what is strategic thinking? Some might define it as rational, logical thought, or the ability to analyse and synthesise data and information in order to determine the optimum choice for future action. This implies that […]

Strategy – what are you talking about?

I’ve been writing a paper about strategy and strategic intelligence. When talking about it to people I have found it fascinating the assumptions they make about the word strategy. I have had some amusing and bemusing conversations which might have been less frustrating had we established from the outset that we were talking about the […]

Recession investments – training’s the thing

The results of a recent survey published by the UK’s Institute of Directors (IoD) reported that IoD members’ organisations see training as an investment rather than a cost to business. Their commitment to training has held firm during the downturn in the economy with 80% saying their organisations had either maintained (51%) or increased (29%) […]

“Thrival” versus survival

My partner was on a commuter train into central London the other week sitting opposite two business men discussing the UK economy and how they’d responded to downturns in their business. The first, sighing heavily with his head in his hands, related that he reluctantly just laid off a third of his workforce. The second calmly […]