StrategyDriven Podcast Episode 14 – The Devil’s Advocate

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Episode 14 – The Devil’s Advocate elaborates on Strategic Analysis Best Practice 2 – advocatus diaboli, The Devil’s Advocate. This discussion:

  • defines what a Devil’s Advocate is
  • explains how the contrarian helps prevent group think
  • describes the critical qualities, responsibilities, and actions of the Devil’s Advocate

StrategyDriven Podcast Episode 13 – Introduction to Strategic Analysis

StrategyDriven Podcasts focus on the tools and techniques executives and managers can use to improve their organization’s alignment and accountability to ultimately achieve superior results. These podcasts elaborate on the best practice and warning flag articles on the StrategyDriven website.

Episode 13 – Introduction to Strategic Analysis serves as a foundation for the upcoming series of podcasts focused on the best practices associated with strategic analysis. This discussion:

  • defines what a strategic analysis is
  • describes the components of this in-depth examination of the organization and its business environment
  • identifies how strategic analysis helps an organization become more strategy driven

Strategic Analysis Best Practice 5 – The Use of Models

In today’s data rich world, it is often difficult to identify the meaningful patterns and relationships that yield information decision-makers need to set the direction of their organizations. Additionally, complex market environments create a multitude of data analysis options; preventing any one person from seeing every possibility. Deriving compelling information from this sea of data and presenting it in simplistic, understandable, and actionable manner thus becomes the challenge of every business analyst. Helping solve this dilemma is the business model.


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Strategic Planning Whitepaper Introduction – Analysis

StrategyDriven contributors are pleased to introduce the strategic planning whitepaper: Analysis. This whitepaper outlines and describes the major steps taken to assess the organization’s internal performance and external environment in support of long range activity planning.

Strategic analysis is a critical component of the strategic planning process. An integral part of a company’s evaluation and control program, it provides executives and managers with a comprehensive assessment of the organization’s capabilities and market factors; revealing growth opportunities and vulnerabilities. Armed with this information, managers can more effectively chose from among today’s strategic alternatives to create the greatest future reward potential.

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 article expounds on several common hidden performance drivers and how they may adversely impact mission achievement.


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About the Author

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.