strategic thinking | Valerie MacLeod

5 September 2018

Strategic planning without leadership doesn’t work

5 September 2018, Comments: 0

  Many people I know would rather see the dentist than do planning. Are you one of those? I must admit that I used […]


10 May 2017

The 5 W’s and One How of The Systems Thinking Approach®

10 May 2017, Comments: 0

  The term “systems thinking” may be used more than it is understood. At the Haines Centre, it is the basis for all of […]


5 April 2017

Creativity as a competitive advantage

5 April 2017, Comments: 0

  “In attempting to create a culture supportive of creativity and innovation, it has been found that one of the best approaches to describe […]


22 February 2017

The view from the clouds: using Systems Thinking

22 February 2017, Comments: 0

  Taking action sometimes means stepping back. At the Haines Centre for Strategic Management 8 partners collectively own the business. If you think it […]


30 November 2016

Systems Thinking Rides to the Rescue!

30 November 2016, Comments: 0

  With an astonishing 75% of major change efforts failing to achieve their intended results, what can you do to be in the successful […]


2 November 2016

5 Characteristics of Strategic Leaders

2 November 2016, Comments: 0

  I teach a “Strategic Thinking for Leaders” workshop. Near the beginning of the session I ask what participants think are the characteristics of […]


27 April 2016

Do rules and procedures inspire or inhibit strategic thinking?

27 April 2016, Comments: 0

  “Rules and procedures may be dumb, but they spare you from thinking” quotes Barry Schwartz in his “Our Loss of Wisdom” TED talk. […]


12 August 2015

Ballet vs. Hockey – Are you being strategic?

12 August 2015, Comments: 0

  A ballet is choreographed in advance. Each dancer knows their steps, the timing, and their entrances and exits. A hockey game is more […]


15 October 2014

Are you working IN the business or ON the business?

15 October 2014, Comments: 0

  Micromanagers work “in” the business, instead of “on” the business. What’s the difference? Working “on” the business means: Being strategic – thinking about […]


8 October 2014

The 3 Signs of Micromanagement

8 October 2014, Comments: 0

  Are you a micromanager? Many leaders that I coach were great at their previous jobs: engineers, accountants, IT. Upon promotion to leader, they […]