Strategic thinking is one of the most important skills today.  It comes with its own language that new and aspiring managers might not be accustomed to hearing or using. Here’s a quick primer from executive coach Helen Baxter Southworth. External scan means learning about the competition, it’s key players and the market forces that influence your business.  An internal […]

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Strong problem-solving skills are not only crucial in business, but also in life.  Some people do it well instinctually, while others could use advice on where to start or how to improve. Success.com consulted members of the Young Entrepreneurs Council to see how they hone their problem-solving skills.  Here are three of their suggestions. Reflect on your worst […]

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The great Zig Ziglar said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.”  Think about that.  If you’ve thought through how to achieve your goals, before you take one action step, you’re well on your way.   Many think the secret to achieving is the doing.  But I agree with Zig.  Without planning, anticipating obstacles and charting a realistic path, the […]

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In the final installment of Harvard Business Review contributor Larry Clark’s series on navigating complexity, he reframes the benefits of failure in an interesting way.  He begins with an NFL coaching analogy.  The emergence mindset he believes business owners must adopt is similar to how football coaches choose plays based on what they learned during previous ones.   […]

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Harvard Business Review contributor Larry Clark provides great insight into problem solving that starts with making sure you understand the kind of problem you’re solving.  To make his point, he refers to the Cynefin Framework, which is used to categorize situations and identify strategies to address them. The 4 categories are:  Simple.  These are situations that can be […]

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Harvard Business Review contributor Larry Clark’s three part series on navigating complexity offers timely education on rethinking business.  He encourages leaders to embrace the natural push and pull of polarities that are inherent to every business.  Polarity is when opposing forces pull at each other to keep things balanced.  For instance, growth versus profit maximization or work-life […]

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 Leaders: Do you find that you’re spending so much time managing your team that you have little time or attention span left to slow down and think strategically? Harvard Business Review contributor Maura Thomas has these tips just for you. Schedule regular meetings with direct reports, and designate specific times for others on the […]

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If you’re in a leadership role, you’re likely juggling two very important responsibilities — being accessible to your people, and generating the strategies and ideas for moving the organization forward.   Harvard Business Review Contributor Maura Thomas has recommendations for doing both effectively. Here are two. Mentor in hindsight. In keeping with the rules of adult […]

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