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Dr Norman Chorn’s strategic insights

Strategic Intuition

Release Your Strategic Intuition

Strategic Intuition is powerful combination of rational thinking and creative imagination. It can be released by following a process that recognises the differences between Strategy and Planning. Four key principles for combining rational thought and creativity What is Strategic Intuition? Have you ever had a flash of insight where the solution to a difficult problem […]

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Strategic Leadership

Over the Horizon Strategic Leadership

In the latter part of the 15th century, Christopher Columbus exercised “over the horizon leadership” within his industry – by heading west instead of east to find the New World. He believed that this direction would yield new benefits and better results for his expedition. But, beyond knowing intuitively or feeling that there would be […]

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Organisation Design

Not Getting The Results You Want? Your Design May Be Wrong

Good organisation design is the deliberate alignment of your organisation to the market and your strategy. Poor design accounts for 50% of strategy failure! Organisation design – why bother? Many people would regard the design of their organisation as rather less important than the clarity of their strategy or the positive attitude of their staff. […]

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Organisation Knowledge Quotient

Lift Your Organisation’s Knowledge Quotient

The Knowledge Quotient (KQ) (1) of an enterprise reflects the amount of effort put into developing enterprise relevant knowledge and IP. A high KQ is shown to be associated with greater competitiveness. Enhancing competitiveness: What can leaders do? I’ve had a big response to my last newsletter in which we focused on raising the Knowledge […]

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Leading with Loyalty and Betrayal

Leading with loyalty and betrayal

Maverick or Rebel? Leading with both loyalty and betrayal can improve the performance of your organisation I’ve been betrayed During a major transformation program in an engineering business last year, a key project was brought to a standstill when the CEO accused two key executives of betrayal. The executives had gone outside the agreed plan […]

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Leadership lessons from Nelson Mandela

I recently finished reading Invictus (1), the book describing Nelson Mandela’s clever use of rugby to help achieve his political goals in South Africa. Written by Roger Carlin, it outlines Mandela’s nation building strategy in South Africa, and the part played by the rugby world cup in 1995. Being of South African origin and a […]

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Organisation Design - The Missing Link

Is Organisation Design the missing link in Strategy Execution?

Is Organisation Design the missing link in Strategy Execution? Strategy execution often fails due to the breakdown between strategic intent and the development of appropriate competencies. Organisation Design may be the missing link between the two. Missing link? One of the keys to succeeding in an uncertain environment is to focus on developing organisational capabilities […]

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Personal Excellence

In Pursuit of Personal Excellence

In a conversation between Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway, Fitzgerald is reputed to have said “The rich are different to you and me”, to which Hemingway replied, “Yes, they have more money”. Notwithstanding the literary dispute as to whether this conversation actually took place, Fitzgerald was alluding to the fact that the rich seemed to […]

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Bad Strategy

How to recognise “bad” strategy

How to recognise “bad” strategy – and what to do about it Business failure is often associated with poor strategy. We make the distinction between “good” and “bad” strategy – and offer some guidelines to improve the quality of your own strategy. What’s the problem? A recent Dun & Bradstreet analysis (1) reports on the […]

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Leadership in Uncertain Times

How to Lead in Uncertain Times

Building the Future “The future is not what it used to be” Leading in times of uncertainty requires a different approach to dealing with the future. Successful leaders follow four key practices. What’s the problem? I have been reflecting about my experiences in dealing with clients who are struggling to adapt their organisations to the […]

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