Strategy

Enterprise Ecology

The Economy as a Living System Earth teems with life. The collective DNA of the planet weighs 50 billion tons and contains 50 trillion trillion trillion base pairs. It would fill a billion shipping containers. Life has evolved over eons as organisms found a foothold and adapted to changing conditions. It is estimated there are…

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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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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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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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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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