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Utilize Social Media To Further Your Company’s Strategic Plan

Posted by Karoline Clarke on Mon, Jan 27, 2020

Karoline Clarke steps in this week to provide some helpful thoughts and ideas on utilizing Social Media:

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Topics: Your Core Customer, Strategic Planning, customer loyalty, Social Media

Lie #3 The Best Companies Cascade Goals

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 24, 2019

Goals should cascade down and throughout your company, right?

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Topics: employee engagement, planning, Strategic Planning, People Development, Nine Lies About Work

Lie #2 The Best Plan Wins – Nine Lies About Work

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 17, 2019

Is planning outdated?

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Topics: employee engagement, planning, Strategic Planning, People Development, Nine Lies About Work

Annual Planning & Strategy Meeting

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 7, 2019

If you’ve already completed your Annual Planning & Strategy Meeting for 2019, congratulations!

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Topics: Annual Plan, Strategic Learning, Strategic Planning, Strategic Learning Cycle, Strategy vs. Planning

Why Have a 3 – 5 Year Plan?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Apr 16, 2018

“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight D. Eisenhower

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Topics: Strategic Planning, 3-5 year plan, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, Outthinker Process, Event or Process, Simon Sinek

Ten Laws of Prime Business Preparation

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 19, 2018

Sports figures often make a lot of money speaking to businesses about their achievements, the work, preparation and dedication to get there.

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Topics: planning, Strategic Planning, preparation, Art of War, Super Bowl LII

David vs. Goliath: Out Think the Competition

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Mar 27, 2017

Trends continue to impact every business.

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Topics: strategy, Strategic Planning, strategy decisions, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION

Execution Growth Tools: Annual Planning, Quarterly Planning, and eNPS

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Mar 23, 2017

The following blog was published on March 9th of 2015.  I’m on vacation this week. With the first quarter of 2017 ending, I thought it a good time to remind you of the importance of quarterly planning and the value Annual planning provides for this. 

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Topics: quarterly meetings, Annual Plan, Strategic Planning, quarterly plan, eNPS

Is Strategy Your Tower of Babel?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Thu, Sep 24, 2015

What’s your Strategy?

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Topics: strategy, Strategic Planning, Strategy Statement, strategy decisions

Leadership Team Exercise SWOT vs. SWT – Strengths, Weakness & Trends

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Wed, Dec 31, 2014

If you’ve been to the gas station recently you’ve noticed the plunge in gas prices.  It’s a trend in recent months and it illustrates and important strategy and planning benchmark that your business should be doing on an annual basis, and possibly more frequently depending how fasting you are growing compared to your industry.

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Topics: Business Growth, Annual Plan, leadership, strategy, Strategic Planning, Leadership Team, SWOT, Prediction, SWT, Forecast

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