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Eggs, rabbits and thinking

Whether or not you celebrate Easter, it gives another opportunity – during what is for most of us, a hectic schedule – to slow down for a bit and take some time out to think.  It’s only thinking that allows us to see the trends emerging, notice patterns and formulate ideas.  It’s only thinking that allows us to work out how to properly implement those ideas, see problems clearly and develop proper solutions.  Of course much of this thinking is also effective when done with others – more so if you are more inclined to be an extrovert.  But for everyone, and introverts in particular, a chance to think quietly is precious and productive.

So this Easter, allow yourself some time to just think. If the Easter bunny visits you – enjoy!  And if you celebrate Easter, may it be a spiritually reflective and ultimately joyful time.

Jenni specializes in strategic thinking for better decisions and business success.  She offers a free report about how to be a strategic thinker, and other resources, at www.strategies-direct.com

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Is Culture more important than Strategy?

I’ve read this so often lately I feel compelled to comment. I’m not sure whose behind this – consultants who haven’t had much luck getting clients to develop and implement strategy successfully? Tertiary institutions with money for research on organization culture? Whatever the cause, it smacks of a new fad to me. And what’s the bet a whole lot of organizations will get conned to start analysing their culture (using a consultant with a new ‘tool’ of course) to find out how they can be more successful? Don’t fall for it!!

Developing and implementing strategy can be tricky, it’s true. And it requires that tedious and exhausting task called Thinking! No time for that of course. No time to think about what’s changing out there, or what should be changing in here. No time to get the team on board. No time to properly implement. No wonder strategy failed!

So is culture the panacea? If we know our culture, can we play to its strengths and use that as our competitive advantage? Sounds much easier that all that strategic thinking. Just tap into what’s already there and hey presto! Success will come.

Well…..maybe.  If the strengths of your culture are likely to achieve your long term goals. Or if you can alter your business focus and goals to suit your culture (do I hear “forget the customer, let’s do what we like doing” about now?)

Yes it all sounds marvellous doesn’t it? Problem is that it’s hit and miss whether your existing culture will deliver success. After all, if that’s the case, shouldn’t you already be wildly successful?  Hmmm – slight problem.

Here’s an idea though – how about figuring out what type of culture WILL deliver on your long term goals? Then set about developing that. Gosh – sounds like Strategy to me.

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Do they want a job – really?

A friend was telling me today that he met a young man who queued for two hours to apply for a job at a new supermarket. This young man was amazed that people behind him in the queue, who also waited two hours, were in torn singlets and barefeet. “Were they serious?”, he asked.

I have been amazed myself at the non-chalant attitude I have struck when handling recruitment for my clients. A recent experience was a young woman apparently very keen on the role, only to phone 15 minutes before her interview to advise that she had forgotten she had a medical appointment. We rescheduled and interviewed her. To be honest she was a good fit for the role but after waiting a week for her to get back with her referee information we gave the role to someone else. I’m sure anyone who has recruited for long can come up with their own stories.

So do these people really want a job? I believe they do. I just think they haven’t made the conceptual connections between their own behaviour and their likelihood of getting a job. Call it lack of maturity or self-centredness. Either way, it’s a lack of thinking.

It is similar to people in organisations who do things that are completely the opposite of what needs to be done for that organisation to achieve its strategies. Somehow they don’t make the connection between their day to day decisions and processes, and the longer term outcomes for the organisation.

It’s really important to develop strategical savvy, so that you can make those linkages and show to your boss that you understand the impact you have on her/his bottom line and strategic success.

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