Five Priorities for Strategy in 2021

Five Priorities for Strategy in 2021

If we are to anticipate how 2021 will be described, it will probably be the year of recovery from 2020 and the year of adapting to the new post-pandemic world. In my latest LinkedIn article I lay out the five priorities for strategy in such circumstances: Strategy...
Three Creativity Blockers Revealed by Research

Three Creativity Blockers Revealed by Research

Strategy is necessarily creative. It’s not just choosing from a number of future alternatives, but rather creatively imagining the future we can collectively craft. Research, however, reveals three creativity blockers that strategists need to understand and avoid: 1. ...
80 books that informed The Strategy Manual

80 books that informed The Strategy Manual

I set out with lofty aims for The Strategy Manual. I wanted to explain strategy from first principles, I wanted to cover strategy across its entire lifecycle, from strategy development to strategy adoption and strategy adaptation, and I wanted it to be well-founded....
Envisioning the future for strategic planning

Envisioning the future for strategic planning

These are tough times and are going to require some tough decisions before we get out the other side. Last September, I started writing this piece with no great sense of urgency. This morning, I stumbled across it again and thought … if not now, then when? The...
Making sense of the Business Model Canvas

Making sense of the Business Model Canvas

Frameworks such as the Business Model Canvas, devised by Alexander Osterwalder and Yves Pigneur, have a lot of knowledge or wisdom ‘baked in’. It is often not at all clear why elements of the framework have been designed the way they have. It is also not clear which...