In my first career as a college basketball coach I developed and fine tuned a set of enduring principles that guided me as a coach and set the tone of expectations for the team. I honed these principles over the years and reaffirmed them with myself and the team reguarly. Having explicitly stated principles in place, we all performed at a higher level. They definitely contributed to our overall success.
Have you ever the phrase ”An overnight sensation 10 years in the making”? In our world we come across many organizations, teams and individuals that this adage applies to. What they share is an unwavering commitment to preparation that is linked directly to performance.
As the saying goes, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink”.
Michael Porter has long been recognized a leader in Strategic Planning , particularly from the lens of the marketplace and marketplace competition. His work on The Five Competitive Forces that Shape Strategy is viewed as seminal. A recent book by Joan Magretta; Understanding Michael Porter, provides a useful interpretation of his work and the influence he has had on strategy development.
When we engage a client in strategic planning as part of our leadership development programs, we often get asked two questions: