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Critical Asking

A challenge of strategy execution is that visionary people (executives and managers) have visions, ideas, goals, and solutions; they need others to realize the benefits. Often, the tactical people react to the request with pushback: “That will never work. We … Continue reading

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Transcending the Status Quo

I was recently asked about the reasons for the status quo, specifically the lack of attention given to selecting, prioritizing, and supporting strategic initiatives. Everyone knows that strategy is important, so how do you get people moving? Let’s start by describing … Continue reading

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Connecting Strategy to Execution

I was recently asked, “How should the PMO (project management office) connect strategy to execution?”  In order to provide a compact answer, I’m going to sidestep the more-fundamental challenges: organizations have too many projects, every project is important to someone … Continue reading

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Complexity: Four Principles for Program Managers

I started writing this article to report and elaborate on eleven useful practices as identified in a 2014 Project Management Institute (PMI) publication titled Navigating Complexity: A Practice Guide. I thought it would be a straightforward project, but it morphed … Continue reading

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Use the PAVER Framework to Assure Strategic Commitments

As they left the courthouse on the day their divorce was finalized, Mark apologized to his now ex-wife Renee, “I told you I would do some things for the benefit of our marriage. I didn’t do them, and I’m sorry.” … Continue reading

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Strategic Experiments & Agile Responses

Most strategic initiatives involve complex environments. The emergent nature of complexity means that the use of experimentation is essential to progress. A good strategic initiatives design is one of experimenting, testing a hypothesis, and expecting emerging solutions. You want to … Continue reading

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Five Must-Know Patterns of Disruption

Strategic initiatives are game-changing programs, thus either defend against or create disruption. Five patterns: 1. You’re either an incumbent or a disruptor. 2. Incumbents are disrupted when their attention is elsewhere. 3. Disruptive innovators have open minds and open objectives. 4. A disruption life cycle exists. 5. The strategic initiative leader and team have important responsibilities.
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