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  • Are you a CEO, founder, or innovator tired of boring strategy planning, business planning, or complex project planning meetings? Shake things up by learning how to make your sessions more engaging and productive in this article.

     

    How often have you sat through boring planning sessions? Or sessions were you don’t think everyone contributed their best? Where you were disappointed with the outcome?

                                              “I was not looking forward to this. I thought I’d be sitting here all day listening to presentations.

                                               But it’s been so interesting, and I’ve loved being involved.”

    This is what a board member said to me during a one day strategic planning workshop that I facilitated last week. It warmed heart to see her so enthusiastic and grateful.  With a bit of careful consideration before your workshop, you can have an enjoyable, productive session where everyone contributes, and you’re pleased with your planning outcome.

    3 tips for your strategic planning workshop

    1. Create psychological safety in the room at the start. You can do this with a creative icebreaker activity that you match to the culture of the group, and needs of the participants. We used a techniques that got everyone out of their seats hunting down some information, which meant everyone was talking and moving and greeting each other ….. and this made everyone really relaxed at the start. I knew from the laughter in the room that they felt safe to contribute.
    2. Design some interesting active ways for people to get involved and actively contribute. This means rolling up their sleeves and doing activities in small groups, working on tasks that contribute to the goal of the day.  This increases energy and engagement. Less boring than listening passively to presentations. We used a design thinking to come up with a purpose statement.
    3. Before the workshop, ask for input on strategic parameters from all participants. This will frame the discussion, keep it focused and appropriately bounded, and Turbocharge your conversation. For example, we decided the strategic themes before the workshop.  This allowed participants to have a productive conversation on the day about the stuff that matters. (Distinction: This was a convergent planning exercise not a divergent strategic thinking exercise!)

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    For more on culture, the key to unlocking strategy success, watch the one minute YouTube clip below and subscribe to my new YouTube channel below. 👇

    Quote of the week

    HR’s involvement as a partner in planning and executing organizational strategy has increased from 36% in 2021 to 50% in 2024.” McLean and Company’s HR Trends report 2024.

    If you’re stuck, call me. I can help with your next strategy process, business planning, or complex project planning.

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    Keep turbocharging with a people-centric approach 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🌱 For more ideas, playbooks, and to learn from others with similar challenges, join our Turbocharge community at the price of a coffee a day. Money back in 14 days if you’re not satisfied.
    2. 🌱🌱 Email me to book your 1on1 mentoring session to fast track your strategy execution.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

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    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • I recently visited Japan and was fascinated by their seamless integration of technology into daily life, from restaurant robots to immersive experiences like TeamLabs, and high-tech toilets.

     

    Last week I had my first visit to Japan.  Good fun, and super interesting if you love emerging tech like I do.

    The tech that I particularly enjoyed:

    • their use of robots serving food in a restaurant, and delivering items to rooms  of our hotel (see my post)
    • An immersive digital experience called TeamLabs (see my post)
    • The high tech toilets.  While they are in very few homes in western countries, in Japan they seemed to be ubiquitous.  There is something special about sitting on a pristinely clean, warm toilet seat in winter.  Similar but even more exceptional than the seat warmer in our Volvo.  I do miss that now that I’m home….

    So what can we learn about Strategy from Japanese toilets?  I’m flush with insights.

    3 strategy tips for this week

    1. Consider how to bring unexpected delight to your clients.  I just had to smile every time I sat on a pristine warm toilet seat.   Each time still felt unexpected.  A little luxury in the day. What is the equivalent we can provide to our clients?
    2. Introduce just the right number of options to get fast product adoption (particularly for newbies).  As a Westerner, I could intuitively use the toilet in the most basic no-frills way, or I could easily experiment with the options, even though most of the instructions were in Japanese.  Nothing was overwhelming.  Each option was valuable.    For example, I love the idea of choosing to listen to “waterfall” music.  I meditate regularly and this sound transports me to a peaceful place.  This has been well embraced by Japanese ladies who are apparently very particular about their privacy.
    3. Structure your market research to find the right client segment.  This is what I found out about Toto, the market leader (>60% share of toilets in Japan).  When they first introduced these bidet-style toilets, Toto asked 300 employees to test different positions to pinpoint the best comfort and hygiene. Toto discovered what is now called the “golden angle”, that made these very attractive to high-end female clientele in Japan.  And the market grew from there.   (PS the Golden Angel is that the wand must operate at exactly 43 degrees.)   What is your golden angle?  Have you asked the right research question to discover what will appeal to your Ideal Customer Profile?

    I’m convinced the next big phase of tech will be robotics integrated with generative AI. This will create a more personalized, human-like experience with robots. There are so many applications that will enhance productivity and convenience.

    Quote of the week

    “Adopt a startup mindset when launching a new product line. Start small and focus on proving the ideas without overcommitting resources.  This approach allows experimentation and the discovery of innovative solutions that can benefit the broader product portfolio over time.” Megan Cook, Head of Product, Atlassian

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    Keep turbocharging, keep growing 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🌱 For more ideas, playbooks, and to learn from others with similar challenges, join our Turbocharge community at the price of a coffee a day. Money back in 14 days if you’re not satisfied.
    2. 🌱🌱 Email me to book your 1on1 mentoring session to fast track your strategy execution.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

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    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • Starting a career in strategy execution or transformation requires a clear understanding of the essential skills needed to become an authority in the field.

     

    If you want to build your career and reputation on executing transformative strategy, read this.

    You can be more effective if

    you know what strengths to leverage

    and

    you pin point exactly what skills to hone.

    I haven’t found a good diagnostic tool In over 25 years of working in the field of strategy execution, that focuses holistically on the personal skills needed to implement transformative strategy. So I developed a tool last year, and offer it free of charge. It takes less than 5 minutes. You will receive a personalized report with scores against each of the 10 dimensions below.

    Complete your Transformation Success Score here.

    Quote of the week

    “Dig deep—get deliberate, inspired, and going.” Brene Brown.

    Isn’t this a beautiful call to action as we gear up for 2024?

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    Keep turbocharging, keep growing 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🌱 For more ideas, playbooks, and to learn from others with similar challenges, join our Turbocharge community at the price of a coffee a day. Money back in 14 days if you’re not satisfied.
    2. 🌱🌱 Email me to book your 1on1 mentoring session to fast track your strategy execution.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

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    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • Whether you’re an executive, a project manager, or a team leader, presenting a business case or recommendation to boards or stakeholders  effectively  is crucial. Always keep in mind that getting to yes is the goal.

     

    Business cases and recommendations are the bread and butter of strategy and projects. We all need to develop strategies and initiatives, and at critical milestones, recommend these to our boards, leadership teams, staff, and sometimes customers and other external stakeholder groups.

    When I mentioned to an executive recently that my focus in the Turbocharge membership is business cases, he said that wasn’t relevant to him. However in fact EVERYONE presents business cases, you may just call it something else.

    You may call it a

    proposal

    case for change

    presentation with costs and benefits

    transformation roadmap

    a recommended strategy.

    They all have one thing in common. As you present your preferred option, you need to get a “YES” answer to proceed. Below are 3 tips to “seal the deal”.

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    Here are 3 tips to get a YES

    1. Put some science to your recommendation. This could be research, hard facts, a decision making matrix (one of the best tools I learned during my MBA which I teach in our February Turbocharge membership), or a cost benefit financial analysis. AI is making this easy and quick – just ask ChatGPT to summarize the research for you.
    2. Put some emotion into your recommendation. People like it when I tell war stories from the trenches, as they’re a powerful way to influence. Case studies, examples, stories are powerful at generating emotions, and more memorable than facts alone.
    3. Consider the workplace culture in which you’re making the recommendation, and how to make it attractive within that particular culture. For example, if the business is highly risk averse, have you mitigated all risks and provided an option for a small scale trial / pilot / test period? How do you make the recommended option feel safe?

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    Quote of the week

    Think outside the square in terms of how you can make your recommendation feel safer. There are many more ways than this:

    “Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM.” Unattributed.

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    Join our Turbocharge membership in February if you want your recommendations to land better with decision makers.

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    Keep turbocharging, keep growing 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🌱 For more ideas, playbooks, and to learn from others with similar challenges, join our Turbocharge community at the price of a coffee a day. Money back in 14 days if you’re not satisfied.
    2. 🌱🌱 Email me to book your 1on1 mentoring session to fast track your strategy execution.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

    * Don’t miss out. Subscribe to my personal weekly email to your inbox here.

    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • You can’t get to the Unicorn Zone by pushing harder. You must create a pull effect in all of your projects and strategies.

    Many executives contacted me after I wrote the words, “you can’t get to the Unicorn Zone by pushing harder. You must create a pull effect”. This  is what resonated for many of you:

    This is true of ALL your strategies and projects. Some executives asked about when to use PUSH and when to use PULL. The answer is that PULL is always preferable, and today I’d like to offer you a few suggestions on how to create a pull effect. The quote below first provides some further context.

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    My favorite quote

    Hey CEOs: Return-to-office mandates don’t work”, Adam Grant, recently posted this on LinkedIn, confirming what we all know deep down.

    People don’t want to be PUSHed

    People don’t like Strategy (capital S intended) announced from the top

    People don’t want to be told, they like to be asked.

    Nicely.

    For their opinion.

    The caveat is that as a CEO or leader, you don’t abdicate all responsibility for decisions. If you don’t remember my previous advice on this, see strategy is not democratic.

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    Here are my top 3 tips on how to create PULL:

    1. Don’t forget the WIIFM. What’s in it for me? Put yourself in their shoes and consider how you can make your strategy (project, idea, recommendation, pitch…) more attractive for THEM. What is it that makes them tick? And if you don’t know, ask them. Ask those around them.
    2. People love choices. It is how we are wired. Given choices, we feel like we have more power, more autonomy. So find a way you can offer people choice. For example, if you want people to come into the office more, offer teams a choice of how they want to do this, how many days a week, or which particular days.
    3. Remember the great Dr. Robert Cialdini, Godfather of Influence techniques, who has popularized the principle of scarcity? If something is scarce, we want it more. Diamonds are more costly than bush rocks, as there are plenty more bush rocks around. (Especially in Outback Australia.)A while back in a client’s culture change program, the VP and I needed to encourage several business divisions to get involved in the initiative and attend meetings. The problem was that the divisional executives were too busy, not interested, said they didn’t have time.So we rationed our offer. Scarcity in action. We explained that we only had capacity to offer this to 2 divisions, and they would need to make a case to be the ones chosen. It was very interesting to see the demand increase. This initiative suddenly became very attractive. And the culture change was a significant and measurable success.

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    I have plenty more tips for creating PULL. Let me know if you want more by clicking on the “Loved it” in the comments below or email me. We are also diving deep into this in the Turbocharge membership.

    If you find this blog  useful, please forward it to others who will benefit.

    Keep turbocharging, keep growing 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🌱 For more ideas, playbooks, and to learn from others with similar challenges, join our Turbocharge community at the price of a coffee a day. Money back in 14 days if you’re not satisfied.
    2. 🌱🌱 Email me to book your 1on1 mentoring session to fast track your strategy execution.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

    * Don’t miss out. Subscribe to my personal weekly email to your inbox here.

    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • In today’s world, to stay relevant in business you need to review your strategy execution process regularly. Especially with the rise of AI and other digital innovations. You either adapt or die!

    You know you need to review strategy regularly due to digital, AI and other innovations. But where to start?

    I’ve been thinking about this more than usual, since an interesting chat I had with a stranger at a party. We were standing looking over Sydney Harbour, and we were winding our way through the usual Q&A you do when you meet someone. How do you know the host? What do you do over the holidays? What sort of work do you do?

    Turns out the guy runs a medium-sized video production company for the business market. It has been highly successful over a number of years. So I asked him what was he doing about digital and AI. HIs answer was that he was dabbling in AI tools to make the video production more efficient. He had not yet go around to thinking through how AI may displace his business entirely, even though he understood it was inevitable.

    It makes me think of Kodak who failed to change their business model from camera film to digital photography. Buggy whips when motor cars were first invented. Mainframes. CDs. Video recorders. Record players (OK they have made a small retro comeback). Home telephones.

    It is not unusual for Business As Usual to take precedence over innovation. Sometimes we are so busy with BAU that it is difficult to make time for strategic work. And there are many other reasons companies chose to avoid bad news and risks. Many are documented by the talented late Prof Clayton Christensen (read the Innovators Dilemma if you haven’t).

    My tips for this week focus on digital and AI impacts to your strategy – where to start:

    1. Absorb what is going on around you. If you’re reading this, you’re already good!
    2. Talk to different people outside your company, profession or industry about what you’re doing to test your ideas. Not just your stakeholders. (That is exactly why the Turbocharge membership is aimed at diverse business leaders and change makers).
    3. If you think you’re involved in a buggy-whip-type business, start looking at alternatives adjacent to yours.  Adjacent products or services for your customers to solve other related pain points.  Different use cases or customer markets for your products or services.

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    Join me for a free Turbocharge discussion on January 30th, 2024 on influencing stakeholders

    It is being held on Zoom at 8-9am Sydney AEDT, which is the afternoon of January 29th in the US. This is a group coaching session, part of the Turbocharge membership. And its a one-off free invitation to my subscribers only, as a new year gift. You are welcome to bring your questions on stakeholder management, just watch and/or participate in the conversation. The recording will be available in the Turbocharge hub for members.

    Register here

    and you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom details.

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    Quote of the day

    “If a tree dies, plant another in its place.” Carl Linnaeus. I’m an avid gardener in my spare time, so particularly like the tree analogy. Nothing stays the same for long, including plants. 🌱

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    Keep turbocharging, keep growing 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🚀 Get your question answered free. How: Email me – I answer your questions in these newsletters.
    2. 🚀 🚀 Discuss your question with me and other global transformation leaders, in our monthly Zoom group coaching sessions. How: Join Turbocharge Your Transformation membership.
    3. 🚀 🚀 🚀 Plan your next project in 1on1 mentoring sessions with me. How: Simply reply to this email.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

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    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • Organizational change, and transformation is challenging, but if you’re an innovators, creating change is all you do within your organization.

    Although many of my readers know me for my work on service improvements, I must confess that digital products have a special place in my world. I’m a bit of a tech geek at heart ever since I wrote my own little computer game in Basic when I was in high school (most people don’t know this about me, it is well disguised, ha ha. My father had just built one of the early PC’s in South Africa at the time, by soldering chips individually on a motherboard that he’d imported from the UK. The tech bug was infectious.)

    So that may be why I just loved talking with Chad McAllister, PhD, the host of Product Mastery Now podcast. Chad is based in Denver Colorado, and conducts interviews to help product managers and leaders become product masters to create products that customers love.

    Now you’ve probably heard stories about how some digital product companies like IBM successfully transformed, and those like Kodak did not. In an enjoyable conversation, Chad extracted my three “secrets” for faster and better strategy execution for the product world

    My best tip:

    This tip is also my favorite quote that I discussed with Chad: “You can’t get to the Unicorn Zone by pushing harder. You must create a pull effect.” Lisa Carlin (See more here).This applies to internal change within organizations: find ways for your people to enthusiastically request the new systems / changes / strategies you are launching.

    Marketing executives particularly will know this also applies to external customers. In fact it applies to all stakeholders you are aiming to influence to do something different. Pull is more effective than push approaches.

    Anyone who has fed broccoli to children will know this!

    For more on the pull vs push effect and other stories, listen or read the summary of my chat with Chad McAllster on www.ProductMasteryNow.com/465. You can also listen using your favorite podcast app by searching for “Product Mastery Now”.

    Clients, partners and sponsors

    HowToo is an online platform for mid to large sized organizations that need to onboard customers at scale, fast and easily. You can create and share beautifully branded product orientation, and track what people are engaging with.

    To find out more, contact Lisa Rodgers on lrodgers@howtoo.co and mention my name.

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    If you find this blog   useful, please forward it to others who will benefit.

    Keep turbocharging, keep growing 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🚀 Get your question answered free. How: Email me – I answer your questions in these newsletters.
    2. 🚀 🚀 Discuss your question with me and other global transformation leaders, in our monthly Zoom group coaching sessions. How: Join Turbocharge Your Transformation membership.
    3. 🚀 🚀 🚀 Plan your next project in 1on1 mentoring sessions with me. How: Simply reply to this email.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

    * Don’t miss out. Subscribe to my personal weekly email to your inbox here.

    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • What’s better than kicking off the year with time-saving strategies for managing stakeholders? Join me as I share invaluable tips to help you stay on top of your strategy execution, project management, and business transformation throughout the year.

    Welcome to more ways to Turbocharge in 2024.

    Let’s kick off the year with time saving strategies to managing your stakeholders.

    My Best tip 

    Time spent on stakeholders should be strategically rationed and leveraged. Consider the groups and individuals who are impacted by your innovation, OR who have significant influence over your strategy.

    Ensure you involve them in an appropriate way, leveraging your time effectively. Some in low touch through email/video updates, some personally in groups, some high touch 1on1. Think about stakeholder management strategically. If you don’t, you will land up…

    spending MORE TIME

    having MORE CONVERSATIONS

    revisiting the SAME TOPICS

    without having the cut through that you need.

    This is one of the most important reasons I see for failure of strategy execution and change programs. Below is a 3 minute extract from a recent masterclass on the Six Secrets to Stakeholder Success, part of the Turbocharge membership.

    You’re invited to a free discussion on Stakeholder Management

    My new years gift to my readers is a complimentary invitation to our first scheduled Turbocharge group coaching session for 2024. It is held on Zoom on January 30th 2024, 8-9am Sydney AEDT, which is the afternoon of January 29th in the US. It is a Q&A format. Bring your questions on stakeholder management, or send to me beforehand and I’ll protect your confidentiality. You are welcome to watch, or participate in the discussion.

    Register here and you will receive a confirmation email with Zoom details.

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    Quote of the day

    “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Dr. Seuss.

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    If you find this article useful, please forward it to others who will benefit.

    Keep turbocharging, keep growing 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🚀 Get your question answered free. How: Email me – I answer your questions in these newsletters.
    2. 🚀 🚀 Discuss your question with me and other global transformation leaders, in our monthly Zoom group coaching sessions. How: Join Turbocharge Your Transformation membership.
    3. 🚀 🚀 🚀 Plan your next project in 1on1 mentoring sessions with me. How: Simply reply to this email.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

    * Don’t miss out. Subscribe to my personal weekly email to your inbox here.

    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • A heartfelt thank you to everyone in my turbocharge community – your support means the world to me! As we reflect on #strategy, #change, and #transformation, let’s embrace the power of growth.

    As 2024 draws to a close, I’m pleased to share with you my 5 most popular strategy execution articles for the year.

    I’ve personally written all editions of Turbocharge Weekly for you. At the moment, I’m using AI for idea generation, and for some longer article outlines, but not for drafting my weekly newsletters. My tips are written from my personal experiences of working on over 50 transformation and strategy initiatives, and I find that AI cannot do this (yet).

    Best newsletter for 2023:

    1. The-Future-of-Strategy
    2. Strategy is not democratic
    3. How to successfully implement a restructure
    4. Energize Your Work Through Personal Purpose
    5. Unlocking the Power of AI for Strategy Execution, Change Management, and Project Management

    It has been a wonderful year for Turbocharge Weekly. I started in January with a data base of around 1,500 previous clients, colleagues and friends. We have grown to around 6,000 subscribers. Your referrals continue to help me get closer to my goal of 10,000 subscribers. Thank you for reading and forwarding my work.

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    Quote of the week

    “Habits matter because they help you become the person you wish to be.”

    James Clear, Bestselling Author of Atomic Habits

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    Happy holidays, whatever and wherever and however you celebrate. May there be more peace in our world in 2024.

    Keep turbocharging, keep growing 😊🌱📈

    PSS Not sure how to get your strategy unstuck, projects powering, and transformation turbocharged? I can help you.

    1. 🚀 Get your question answered free. How: Email me – I answer your questions in these newsletters.
    2. 🚀 🚀 Discuss your question with me and other global transformation leaders, in our monthly Zoom group coaching sessions. How: Join Turbocharge Your Transformation membership.
    3. 🚀 🚀 🚀 Plan your next project in 1on1 mentoring sessions with me. How: Simply reply to this email.

    If you’re interested in

    #strategyexecution,

    #digitaltransformation,

    #changemanagement…

    * Don’t miss out. Subscribe to my personal weekly email to your inbox here.

    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).

  • According to Inc, 9% of the goals we set are actually implemented. This is almost as bad as the proportion of strategy execution failure!

    Are you thinking about your goals for 2024 as this year comes to an end?

    Can you guess what proportion of our goals that we set are actually implemented? Inc says its around a 9% success rate.

    Pretty dismal. (Almost as bad as the proportion of strategy execution failure!).

    Read on and let’s see if we can beat these odds.

    Types of goals

    Think about the different types of goals you can set. Here are some types to prompt your brainstorming:

    • Business – financial, culture, your team, projects, innovation, products
    • Your own work focus: type of work you want, type of clients/customers
    • Career
    • Learning
    • Personal – Financial, family, social, community, volunteering
    • Well-being – physical health, spiritual, happiness

    Set your goals in 3 steps:

    1. Brainstorm all the goals you would love to accomplish, across any of the above categories. Make notes on your phone or wherever you can access easily. Do this over several days. Keep adding to the list. Think about EVERYTHING you’d like to do. This will help you de-clutter your brain.
    2. Then chose 3 achievable, realistic goals. Just 3. The process of prioritizing what you really, really want to do will help you FOCUS.
    3. Write your top 3 goals on paper and pin them to your wall or fridge where you will see them daily: there is something tactile about writing things down that helps, even for digitally-oriented people like me.

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    About Lisa Carlin

    As a strategy execution specialist and scaleup mentor, Lisa works with ambitious digital leaders to turbocharge their transformation and business planning. Lisa’s clients have an independent sounding board and expert advice so they have absolute confidence they WILL ACHIEVE THEIR GOALS. Lisa is Co-Founder and Director of FutureBuilders Group of organisational development specialists, and volunteers as Chair of the University of Cape Town Australia Trust. Her early career was with Accenture (South Africa) and McKinsey (USA).