Thursday , December , 14 , 2017
The Institute Way Blog
Let’s say our organization needs to buy a fleet of vehicles and we have two procurement teams. We tell team 1 that we want quiet, blue, four-door, fuel-efficient cars. We tell team 2 that we want world-class, high-quality, great-value, high-performing cars. Then we give both teams a few weeks to find their vehicles. Guess which team will be able to produce measurable results?
I learned two lessons in college that I still think about – one in the kitchen and one as a strategy execution consultant. My professor claimed during a cell biology lesson that if you leave iceberg lettuce in water for about 20 minutes its cells expand as they soak up the water. He said that many chefs knew that soaking lettuce in cold water made it seem fresher and...
Are your employees strategic thinkers? Are you? How can you tell? How one answers one question is a dead giveaway.
We receive the funniest “help me!” calls here at the Institute. While they probably aren’t good enough for their own reality show, these calls do provide us with some comic relief around here.
Recently, we fielded another call to add to our “are you kidding me?” file.
“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.” – Roy E. Disney
Values can sometimes seem like the stepchild of strategic planning. The guts of a strategic plan can include a results-oriented vision translated into specific objectives, measures and initiatives that will support it.