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Resource Management Best Practice 4 – Ongoing Assessment of the Market Availability of Strategic Resources

Market changes can make once plentiful resources scarce. The recent retirement eligibility of Baby Boomer generation workers and the relatively small size of the follow-on Generation X workforce represents one example of a market change that is creating a shortage of experienced workers in many industries.


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Strategic Analysis Best Practice 9 – Comparing Organizational Goals to Resource Assignments

Want to know what the organization is focused on; what it values? Simply follow the money.


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Strategic Planning Best Practice 10 – Future Focus

Today’s rapidly changing business environment presents a daunting challenge to executives and managers. Gone are the days when a company’s competitive advantage could be leveraged to bring it untold riches year after year. Technology and the phenomenon of the flattening world have created a new market environment in which a company innovates one day only to see its unique creations commoditized the next.

To remain competitive in this new, flatter world, organization leaders must remain focused on the future. While crystal balls do not exist, corporate leaders must serve as the ultimate futurists; anticipating changes in both market demands as well as the availability of human, technological, and material resources. Strategic planning should incorporate these predictions while allowing for flexibility and adjustments to be made during tactical execution.

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Strategic Planning Warning Flag 2 – Near-Term Focus, highlights the process and behavioral signs of an organization that lacks a future focus. This article serves as a resource to those assessing their organization’s ability to maintain a future focus, thereby, enabling it to more easily adapt and excel in the ever increasingly competitive marketplace.


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Nathan Ives, StrategyDriven Principal is a StrategyDriven Principal and Host of the StrategyDriven Podcast. For over twenty years, he has served as trusted advisor to executives and managers at dozens of Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the areas of management effectiveness, organizational development, and process improvement. To read Nathan’s complete biography, click here.

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Strategic Analysis Best Practice 3 – Identify the Hidden Drivers (Continued)

StrategyDriven Strategic Analysis Best PracticeSimply put, people tend to behave in the manner for which they receive reinforcement. There often exists both documented and undocumented performance drivers that exert unintended pressure on individuals to act in ways counter to achieving the organization's mission goals. As a continuation of Strategic Analysis Best Practice 3 - Identify the Hidden Drivers, this post expounds on several common hidden performance drivers and how they may adversely impact mission achievement.

 
 
 
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Resource Projection Best Practice 3 – Controlling Assumption Changes

Standardized activity resource assumptions enable decision-makers to anticipate the quantity and type of resources needed to perform approved work; facilitating selection between competing alternatives, long-term resource planning, day-to-day scheduling, and performance measurement. Over time however, personnel, process, and business environment changes will necessitate reevaluation and alteration of the organization's standardized activity assumptions.


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