Restart your business curve – innovate!

David Moskal Innovation, Strategy

Business and marketing guru Guy Kawasaki did a great TEDx Talk titled The Art of Innovation (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend watching it). In his talk, he articulates that leaders and organizations are often caught off guard by the changes that disruption brings to an industry and its effects on their business curve. Using an example of …

10X your strategy success with the Law of 3s

John Ferris Strategy

For many of us, this is strategy season: time to set the stage for 2017 and beyond. I’ve participated in countless strategy sessions and experienced many different systems, and I have found that by far, the simplest and most effective model is the Law of 3s plan design. It is a structure that forces an element of simplicity into the …

Should leaders focus on strategy or culture to grow their business?

Wendy Ferris Leadership, Strategy

Scrolling through LinkedIn this week, I found the great quote from Peter Drucker:  “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  As I continued scrolling, it was interesting to read the passionate ‘anti-strategy’ comments that followed.  It appeared that this was an either/or debate, and I felt compelled to weigh in. I agree with Drucker: an organization can have a great plan, but …

The times they are a-changin’

John Ferris Leadership, Strategy

There is one constant in this world: change. It’s echoed in the conversations I have with leaders on a daily basis – the speed of change is getting faster and faster. It may take different forms (technological, social, global economic, disruptive business models, the nature of the work), but in any form, disrupts the business world as we know it. …

Leaders: It’s time for an innovation and growth pit stop

John Ferris Leadership, Strategy

As summer comes to a close, it’s time to set the stage for the next year of growth in your company. If you’re like me, brief time away can provide renewed focus, energy and excitement for all the possibilities that await. Think of a race car driver: during a race, the driver makes a pit stop. It’s a momentary break to …

Five keys to maintaining momentum on your strategic plan

Jody Milburn Strategy

Most of us have experience with setting personal goals. We set a goal – for example, buying a house. With that end goal in mind, we evaluate where we are (our “current state”) and what it will take to reach our goal. After that, we can formulate a plan (saving money, monthly budgeting, house hunting, etc., for example) to reach …

Radically Canadian

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy

Having grown up on the east coast of Canada, I’m a proud Maritimer. While it’s been years since I’ve lived in the Maritimes I still associate myself with all that the Maritimes offer. From the magnificent ocean views, the best sailing in the world, the rugged landscape on the cliffs over the Atlantic, and that down-home hospitality, in my heart …

No more lazy days of summer

John Ferris Innovation, Leadership, Strategy

I’m all for some good R&R and downtime in the summer to recharge the batteries. It’s necessary. But when the world around us is changing so quickly, thinking of summer as a “slower” time doesn’t cut it. There are no lazy days of summer for our customers, suppliers and competitors. Summer can be the best time to set the pace …