Strategy

Rethinking the S.W.O.T. analysis

Originally published with The CEO Magazine Anyone who’s sat through a strategic workshop at anytime during the past decade will be familiar with the SWOT analysis. Simply put, it stands for Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities and Threats and has informed not only planning days and leadership forums but also a large majority of the decisions that executive…

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4 ways to avoid unconscious bias and situational blindness

Most of what we believe, even with conviction and assuredness, may possibly be completely mistaken or, at least, fundamentally flawed as a result of unconscious bias and situational blindness. Now, that is quite a statement, but it bears thinking about and indeed reviewing with the cold and emotionless detachment of an independently appointed statistician. This…

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Big wins first

Are small wins just as important as big wins? Depends who you ask. Naval Adm. William H. McRaven famously suggested that one of the keys to feeling more motivated and driving personal success, was to start the day by making your bed. A better strategy, in my opinion, is to start the day with Big Wins First.…

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Mastervation

So what is Mastervation? There’s a lot of misinformation around the concept of motivation – mostly perpetuated by so-called gurus who’s personal motivation is to lighten your wallet and line theirs. We’ve been told to set goals (backed up by Yale’s 1953 goals study where those rare few who wrote down specific and measurable goals achieved…

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How many decisions do you actually make?

If you’re like most people, you probably assume that most of your decisions are your own. However, virtually every decision you make is somewhat manipulated by decisions you have no part in. Did you wake up this morning naturally, or through the use of an alarm clock? Who determined what time you should wake up anyway?…

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The Right vs The Risky

Working with organizations all around the world, I often enjoy asking people provocative questions to have them reflect on what they believe versus what is a default position. It’s a way of teasing out what they really feel about the concept of risk. A question I often ask is, “In a situation, with an either/or outcome,…

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