The seven key components of a winning strategic plan

  The visual above is the Pathway OnePager, another visual planning model in my OnePager goal setting and strategic planning system. Like all the OnePagers the Pathway simplifies the planning and goal setting process, and provides a framework to produce visually based plans that are easy to read, understand and follow.  More importantly, when the process is properly applied, the…

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The most powerful strategic planning template you will ever use

I’ve just shared with you one of the most powerful planning and goal setting templates you will ever come across.  I call it the Stairstep OnePager. Built upon the principles of design thinking and visual planning, the Stairstep OnePager is an easy-to-follow planning model that includes all the key elements of a great strategic or goal setting plan.  Namely: Our…

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An introduction to values

Several years ago my family and I attended the New Zealand Foodshow, which is a major event on New Zealand’s culinary calendar. We visited on a Saturday morning and I enjoyed wandering around, visiting the various exhibitors and sampling their offerings. However, as I walked past one exhibitor’s booth, there was no one there.  Well, the booth was there, but…

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What is culture?

In case you didn’t know, there’s a massively huge sporting event on tomorrow.  It’s the World Cup rugby final, which pits the New Zealand All Blacks against our trans-Tasman rivals, Australia. How huge is it? As a sporting event the Rugby World Cup ranks 3rd behind the FIFA World Cup and the Olympics in terms of popularity.  The television audience…

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How not to do a SWOT analysis – and what to do instead

In this lesson, which is part 3 of the series on the SWOT analysis, I want to share with you 4 big SWOT analysis mistakes many business owners make.  And, I’ll show you what to do instead. Mistake #1. Following a random SWOT process instead of a proper, visually-driven system In the first SWOT lesson I shared with you this…

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The most powerful way to analyze your business and strategy

Today’s lesson is part two on the topic of improving your SWOT analysis.  And what I’m going to do is introduce you to the single, most powerful way to analyze and plan strategy. Yes indeed.  You are about to learn the most effective and creative way to: Conduct a SWOT analysis Create bulletproof strategies Build robust strategic plans This “strategizing…

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How to do a SWOT analysis – Part One

Many business owners and boards suck when it comes to performing a SWOT analysis.  At least that would be the impression you get from reviewing the “Why Companies Fail” survey, conducted by the US Turnaround Society. I wrote about this survey several months ago, and highlighted its key findings as follows: What you see here are failures of strategy.  And…

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The ultimate success secret – and the hallmark of all great leaders, athletes and business owners

In the next minute or so you are going to learn the Ultimate Success Secret. Why is it important to learn? Well, this secret has helped military leaders win wars, political candidates win elections and small businesses become global giants.  It is frequently used by championship-winning sports coaches, successful investors and world-class athletes.  And, this secret plays a key role…

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Step one in the strategic planning process. Your success starts here.

“Stay where you are and don’t bother coming back to New Zealand!” That is an expression of anger. And it’s the sort of vitriol that coach Graham Henry got from many New Zealand fans after his All Blacks team lost the 2007 World Cup Rugby quarter-final against France. But why such negativity? Well, rugby is New Zealand’s national game.  And…

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Is the Auckland property market about to collapse?

May 22, 2015 For the past several weeks the financial news has been dominated by the Auckland property market.  News reports have highlighted the lengths some people will go through to get onto the property ladder, as well as measures the Government and the Reserve Bank have introduced to try and quell the market’s rise. So where do I think…

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