Strategy

We Need A VP Of Chaos

How we think about change is stuck in the past. Judging by the way we organize, there are those who would like to keep it that way. We need to think differently about how we organize for change. And we need to change our organizations.



Best Practices Usually Aren’t

There are few terms that have the same unbridled acceptance in business as “best practices.” Except that, for many organizations, best practices fail to deliver on the theoretical promise implied by the term. Best implies one superior way of working, where in reality there are many practices dependent upon many different things.



Disrupting The Idea Of Disruption

Disruption has become sexy, and the idea of disruptive innovation has come to dominate (and begin to spread beyond) startup culture. Nonetheless, execution and exploitation have their place as well. We need to organize in a way that accommodates both.



Wrestling With Strategy & Change

Virtually my entire career has been, in one way or another, focussed on the creation of change. I am not a status-quo kind of guy. What I’ve learned about realizing strategy and managing change in organizations.



Startup-By-Numbers: Where Has The Creativity Gone?

I got into an interesting debate with a colleague a little while ago over lunch, about whether or not processes are relevant when organizations are starting out. The specific basis of this debate was a discussion around the business model canvas framework described in Business Model Generation, which I’ve been writing a lot about.



Abstract, Not Concrete: The Value of Models

How much guidance do we need for a model to actually be useful? The very value of models is that they are abstractions. They provide ways of taking complex situations and simplifying them through structure, categories and labels. They make the infinite shades of grey a little bit more black and white.



Pondering Procurement

As a consultant, preparing proposals are a necessary part of winning business and securing work. On that basis, I do not consider them a ‘necessary evil’; they are simply necessary. They are what allows me to confirm a client’s expectation and needs, propose a solution to those needs, outline how the work will be done…
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Reclaiming ‘Strategy’

Do we need to reclaim ‘strategy’? There was a very interesting article in yesterday’s Globe and Mail that essentially suggests that the words ‘strategy’ and ‘strategic’ are overused, hype-filled and meaningless buzzwords.



Reframing Vision & Mission: The Concept Of ‘Governing Ideas’

I’ve been reading a book called ‘Presence,’ as part of a different sort of project that I’ve been working on over the last little while. Written by Peter Senge (of ‘Fifth Discipline’ fame), Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski and Betty Sue Flowers, it is a different sort of book that endeavours to address how best to…
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Transitioning From Planning To Emergence

Last week’s post about planned and emergent projects was both a continuation and a departure for me. It was a continuation, in that it speaks to project management and outlines concepts that I have been endeavouring to work with and introduce to customers for some time. It is a bit of a departure, however, because…
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