TAG: Strategic Planning

High Performance: The unimportance of profits

October 10, 2017By

Fall seems to be the season for strategic planning retreats in the green industry. These retreats are opportunities to discuss long-term and short-term priorities, plans and goals. I’m always somewhat surprised when profitability is not called out as a priority, which happens frequently. These companies see profits as essential—in that they would not be able to function for very long... read more

Business Basics: Making your strategy relevant

March 8, 2016By

One of the biggest challenges with strategic planning is making it real on a daily basis. Just because a plan exists doesn’t mean that day-to-day behaviors will change. Something needs to be done for there to be an impact on specific actions of individuals. Implementing strategy is where the rubber meets the road. The question is, what steps may be... read more

Simplify strategic planning

January 29, 2016By

Several large-scale studies have shown that most organizations in the U.S. haven’t embraced strategic planning as a regular, ongoing, essential business process. Strategic planning is usually attempted with a half-hearted approach. Not surprisingly, these attempts produce limited results. Additionally, because many strategic 
planning processes are overly complicated, it’s common for leaders to be frustrated by the time and effort expended.... read more

High Performance: Are you ready?

December 28, 2015By

If I asked you to open up your calendar and show me what you have planned for the week of January 4, 2016, what would I see? Some of you have been preparing for January 4th for months – the first business day of the New Year. In fact, when you look at your plans you can’t wait. You’re filled... read more

High Performance: Offense or defense?

October 30, 2015By

When I was a young boy, I played organized football. I was relatively smart, quick and athletic, but small—especially for football. I ended up playing in the defensive backfield as a safety—in a position where I wouldn’t be much of a factor in the game. At least that’s how I saw it. My job was to make sure nothing got... read more

Let your vision guide your strategy

January 24, 2013By

Imagine that you spent a great deal of time planning the perfect vacation. You rented a beautiful house, the car is loaded, the kids are excited and everyone is eager to get on the road. You start the car and hit the gas. But as the car takes off, you realize you have no steering wheel. You’re going to end... read more