Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all of you who celebrate these happy occasions.
2016 has been a challenging year for decision makers with, amongst other things, the results of the #Brexit Referendum and the US Presidential Election taking many by surprise and increasing uncertainty in business environments.
Of course, this all makes it more important than ever for leaders to develop, communicate and pursue strategies based on rigorous analysis of the competitive, political and regulatory environments, thorough development and evaluation of options and alternatives, and disciplined yet responsive execution of plans.
Unfortunately, recent research conducted by Forrest Consulting shows that half of all organisations continue to skip proven techniques for better generating and assessing strategy options, and that few draw on external support to improve strategic decision making.
The New Year offers all of us a new start. It is a time for reflection and resolutions. However, according to the Guardian, in Britain at least, two-thirds of people had broken their New Years resolutions before February. I believe that part of the reason for this may have been that those resolutions were made too lightly: without careful thought, and without putting in place the conditions and infrastructure for success.
Strategy is the antithesis of this:- based on rigorous analysis and executed with discipline. and conviction.
It goes without saying that, as an experienced independent strategy consultant I'd love to help you to develop, communicate and execute market leading strategies, and I would invite you to contact me for this purpose. Alternatively, I'd like to invite you to start or refresh your own plans using our market-leading collaborative platform for strategy development and execution at StrategicLearningApp.com.
As you're starting to think about 2017, in case you missed any, here is a small sample of topics I've recently written about for your holiday reading list:
- How (and why) to fit your strategy on a page
- StratML and the StratTech Revolution: use cases in the private sector
- Getting the most out of KPIs
- How should strategists respond to the US election result?
- Understanding 4 different types of growth with Ansoff's Matrix
- Using online business strategy development and execution tools to increase collaboration
- Data analysis lessons from "The implications of Brexit for monetary policy"
- 7 straightforward steps to master competitor analysis
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