The rise and fall of strategic planning

This book has been on my list to write a review about for some time. I read it after the Strategy Safari – which was a great entry into Mintzberg’s view of strategy. Although it clearly goes beyond that, for me it is some sort extended, more detailed and more formal version of a chapter […]

The many faces of the strategist

A strategist has many roles and many faces

The job description of a professional strategic planning manager or a strategist is manifold. Similarly, expectations on the strategist are diverse. It seems as if almost anybody has his own unique idea of the traits, tasks, and responsibilities of a strategist. Not surprisingly, these many facets are fairly contradictory. Hence, a strategist is torn between […]

Strategy making in the past and today – Part 2: Problems with the traditional strategy process

This part two of our article series about traditional and new approaches to strategy development looks at the problems related to the traditional strategy process. They mainly arise from today’s dynamic and unpredictable business environment – a condition that the original process was not designed for.

Strategy making in the past and today – Part 1: The traditional strategy process

Traditional process for strategic planning

Management theory and practice widely accept today that businesses operate in a more and more complex, dynamic, less predictable environment. This situation requires managers to develop new ways of thinking and acting. Nevertheless, many managers still follow the old approach of strategic positioning and strategic planning. This basic model proved to be very worthwhile for […]

Strategy and change – natural order or chicken-and-egg problem?

strategy is change

At the first glance, it is common sense: at first, a strategy is developed. Then, change is necessary in order to implement that strategy. The logic of this order is striking, isn’t it? Unfortunately, life is not as simple as we would prefer. It would be shortsighted to see change only as a means of […]

The big shift in strategy

Strategies of trajectory start with a view of the future and work back to actions in the present.

The last decades have brought a dramatic change in the external environment for almost every business. What has been a fairly stable and predictable landscape for a very long time has become a mix of dynamic, ever-changing and unpredictable forces. It is almost common sense now that the traditional approach to strategy, which builds on […]

How do you get the most out of your strategic planning meeting? Practical advice for preparation and follow-up

Preparationa and follow-up as prerequisites for successful strategic planning meetings

Strategic planning meetings are a very controversial thing. They have a bit of a reputation to be just another fancy management trend. I have to admit that I, too, have my doubts if all of these meetings are worth the efforts. My experience tells me that there is much truth in Brian Quinn’s famous quote: […]