Posts by David Forrest

Capability Driven Strategy

Organizations are confronted constantly now with the need to reinvent themselves. Success today is no guarantee of success tomorrow. New competitors appear out of nowhere. New ideas change the game. Capabilities are the well-honed combination of know-how and distinct ways of creating value that make companies great. And when the world is changing, a company’s…

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Safe Cities

The Challenge Safety has been defined as the physical, social and psychological integrity of a person. It is now a growing concern in many cities. Rising mental health issues, addiction, poverty, crime and violence are combining to create social disorder. Cyber-bullying and cyber-crime are increasing. Many cities also have to cope with the threat of…

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Trust and the Brain

Trust is the foundation of a healthy society. Difference can be a source of friction, fear, and distrust. Getting to know others more deeply — seeing that they are just as human as ourselves — takes the edge off difference and makes us feel less threatened and more safe and secure. Dialogue builds trust and…

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Noah Effects, Joseph Effects

Complex systems still largely remain a mystery. Benoit Mandelbrot gave us new language to describe the deep subtleties of these systems — some of which are reflected in this article. We can no longer entertain the illusion that we are in control. We can, however, become more adept in dealing with complexity. ISN works with…

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Collaborative Innovation

Canada’s Innovation Report Card The Conference Board of Canada released new data on the nation’s innovation performance in May 2018. The results are troubling. The country earned a C grade and was ranked 12th overall in an assessment of 16 peers. Only Germany, France, and Ireland placed lower. When provinces are assessed individually, Ontario and…

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Waves of Change in a Time of Disruption

Massive disruption in the economy is making it hard for companies to survive, and even more traumatic change is coming. Companies need to be more agile and adaptive. Innovators and early adopters have a clear advantage. Yet most organizations are unable to cope with this challenge, and don’t handle change well. Integral Strategy Network helps…

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Trailblazing Digital Transformation

A Revolution in Banking ISN associate Don Anderson was on the front line when banking history was being made. He was project manager for development of the world’s first debit card in 1979, and was project manager when the card was tested in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, from 1983 to 1985. The card was piloted by Pioneer…

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Collective Impact

Integral Strategy Network works with organizations and communities to tackle complex challenges where multiple stakeholders need to collaborate. The Strategy Roadmap defines how a desired future will be realized. It also provides a framework for coordinating collective effort. Capitalizing on stakeholder diversity, distributing accountability, and maintaining a shared focus on outcomes, has a collective impact…

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The Nature of Change

Complexity is a signature characteristic of nature that challenges our ability to stay in control.  We are confronted more than ever by the reality there is no guarantee when we try to make change that our actions will have the intended results. Organizations need to be able to deal with turbulence – staying alert to…

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Disruption

It’s a cliché that we live in a time of ‘unprecedented change.’ Every sector has been impacted and even more disruptive change is coming. ISN works with organizations and communities who are being bold in dealing with these challenges. Regardless of their sector, they have been proactive in identifying emerging threats and opportunities, imagining possibilities,…

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