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Uncomfortable Strategic Planning

By Barry Jenner
A good article in the Harvard Business Review highlights the challenges of strategic planning.

Detailed plans may make managers feel good but too often they matter little to performance. Strategy is about being uncomfortable, taking risks and facing the unknown. There are three simple rules:

Keep it simple - summarize in a One Page Plan
Don't look for perfection - Strategy is not about finding answers. It is about placing bets and shortening the odds.
Make the logic explicit - Be clear about what must change for you to achieve your strategic goal.

The Mindshop process of facilitated Strategic Plans needs only ten or twelve pages headed by a One Page Plan.

The key is in implementation.

Many benefit by having external discipline from a facilitator and mentor.

Innovative Idea

By Barry Jenner

Great focussed facilitation for South East Business Network (SEBN).


A group of Human Resource Managers had hit a barrier, unable to cut through and get their big issues through to chief executives.


Facilitation of a mind map and then a Force Field problem solving tool identified actions to be taken to  cut through.


Made a breakthrough and energised the group to take specific actions to implement.


This process is a great way for road transport and other businesses to innovate and step up to the next level.


Here is a short video showing how the Force Field problem solving tool works. 


Lessons from Prada

By Barry Jenner

The HBR illuminates the six Prada principles: control through transparency; go where the risk is; give respect to get performance; sell only your own designs; obsess over details and give young managers real responsibilities.

With perhaps the exception of only selling your own designs, they are great principles for all businesses. 

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