Some years ago I spent half of my weekends with my studies of Real Estate Investment Banking. I clearly remember one lecture about Exit Strategies (for real estate investors). The excellent tutor managed to keep us awake during this wonderful … Continue reading
Category Archives: Strategic planning
January 6, 2016
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Is growth imperative?
Take any business plan, financial statement, press conference, analyst presentation or the like â€“ What do they have in common? About any business will proudly present its plans for growth.
October 8, 2015
Strategic planning â€“ much criticism but surprisingly high satisfaction
There is a lot of critique of strategic planning around. The heavy reliance on analysis has been said to favor measurable outcomes and it would be inappropriate for our unpredictable environment. This critique is not new, but it is constantly … Continue reading
October 2, 2015
The workshop from hell
Today I like to share with you the story of a workshop I was supposed to lead. It was a true workshop from hell. In terms of results, it was a complete waste of time. (In my defense Iâ€™d like … Continue reading
September 2, 2015
Helpful tool for strategy formulation: the Play-to-Win Strategy Canvas
I just came across a great visual tool that supports strategy formation. It is the brand-new Play-to-Win Strategy Canvas developed by Matthew E. May. This is a one-page canvas which guides you through the whole process.
July 21, 2015
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Should strategists have answers or questions?
Strategists always are some sort of consultant. They help businesses make their way into the future. A consultant should have in-depth specialist knowledge, shouldnâ€™t he? So a strategist is mostly expected to provide answers to existential questions like What will … Continue reading
June 23, 2015
The Bermuda Triangle of mutually reinforcing problems in strategic planning
Half of strategic planning is a craft that can be learnt. The other half consists of the working styles, experiences and personal attitudes of the key people involved. This is where the problems may start: Personal working styles and attitudes … Continue reading
May 27, 2015
How long are your employees with you on average?
Did you ever check the average length of service of your companyâ€™s employees? Did you check the average tenure after which employees leave your business? Did you check if these average figures changed over the last decade? I bet they … Continue reading
May 12, 2015
How not to calculate your market share
This is just a little story from real life. Only a few minutes to read and you know one more trap you would not expect in your planning process. Everyone knows how to calculate the market share. In general, market … Continue reading
March 10, 2015
No, the SWOT-Analysis isnâ€™t outdated
Management models and tools like the SWOT have been around for a while. Actually, they have already been with us in the good old times that were more stable and less disruptive. Therefore, these tools are sometimes perceived as a … Continue reading