Posts by David Forrest

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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Employee Disengagement

Gallup’s employee engagement statistics are startling. Only a third of the American workforce feel connected to and are passionate about their organization. The rest feel unsupported and undervalued. That’s a large majority. The answer is for organizations to challenge people, offer opportunities to apply their strengths, and recognize their contributions. We see the difference this…

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Smart Cities

Integral Strategy Network is working in many ways with communities who want to collaborate at a higher level to improve quality of life and opportunity. Some of these initiatives address immediate social, economic and environmental challenges. Others are more focused on the future. Some of the communities we work with – like Brandon, Manitoba –…

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Four Doors to the Future

We now face many complex challenges, and there are reasons to be both pessimistic and optimistic. The outcome will depend on our commitment to take action. Experience has shown we can tackle the most difficult challenges when we work together. ISN is privileged to work with organizations and communities that are collaborating intentionally to create…

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High-Performing Teams

Increasingly, we rely on teams to design and implement change. Research has shown that high-performing teams have special properties — strong interpersonal skills and equal opportunity to contribute. Integral Strategy Network uses processes that foster authentic dialogue and effective collaboration. We have seen first-hand how working this way helps organizations and communities get better results…

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