Posts by David Forrest

The Power of Visual Strategy

Like compulsive hoarders, many organizations collect goals and objectives. These compete for resources. There are no clear priorities. There is no sense of purpose. I use the analogy of a coin jar. We keep throwing coins on the pile. Can we make sense of the confusion? Yes, by connecting the dots. Outcomes can be linked…

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Playing a Game Without Rules

Calvinball Cartoonist Bill Watterson drew the Calvin and Hobbes comic strip for a decade, from 1985 to 1995. At the height of its popularity the strip ran in more than 2,400 newspapers, featuring the hijinks of Calvin, a young boy, and Hobbes, his stuffed tiger. Calvinball was Calvin and Hobbes’s favorite game. Here are some…

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Preparing for a Future That Will Never Happen

Humans are unique in their ability to imagine the future. We project our minds forward to vividly experience future events. But the brain is only a simulator, and the future is an illusion. We can prepare mentally for what could happen, but there are no guarantees. Humans have tried to foretell the future for eons, seeking guidance from…

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The Ghost in the Machine

Organizations exist because they allow us to do things together we could never do on our own. Relationships determine how well they function. When organizations are unhealthy, this is embedded in everything they do. It’s the ghost in the machine. Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509 The instruments failed on Korean Air Cargo Flight 8509 when…

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Why Strategies Fail

Most strategies fail. Estimates range from 50% to 90%. Why? Because organizations are unable to create the shared intention needed to achieve results. We’re confused about what ‘strategy’ really is. The debate rages on. Is it a process or a plan? Neither! That’s why we get dismal outcomes. Strategy is purpose. Strategy is an organization’s…

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Taking on a Challenge

Many organizations are stuck. They’re held captive by the status quo. Confronted by an existential threat or opportunity, they remain frozen and unable to act. Successful organizations on the other hand are able to see a challenge and react quickly. They mobilize, improvise and innovate much faster than their competitors. Agility is now an essential…

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Rethink Strategy

Strategy is a trigger word for many people. We tend to be very cynical about it – and often for good reason. It’s an annual ritual in many organizations – a box that needs to be checked off once a year. The development process is often disconnected from the messy reality of the real world.…

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