Developing Your Strategy

How to Identify Strategic Issues (4 mins)

Learn how to identify and resolve your strategic issues. Address those critical unknowns that can present themselves as problems, opportunities, market shifts or any other factors that have impact on the... By Shannon Sage

Ready to Define (or Refine) Your Mission Statement

As business leaders, we are put under a lot of undue stress to generate a perfect, short, sing-songy mission statement. The result is meaningless drivel, leaving everyone irritated and underwhelmed. Let's... By Todd Ballowe

Agility is a Competitive Advantage

Is agile on your list of competitive advantages? Can your business react and change its game plan based on either customer feedback or shifts in market, all while keeping that end... By Shannon Sage

Sales Strategy & How it Fits into Your Strategic Plan (59 mins)

Are you trying to increase sales? Do you have a sales strategy in place? Are you developing your sales staff to help them achieve their goals? By Todd Ballowe

Competitive Advantage: What’s your Distinct Purpose?

Your organization exists for a very specific reason, and most likely its purpose is different than any other company out there. This is your competitive advantage, or distinct purpose.
By Shannon Sage

Identifying Organization-Wide Strategies (6 mins)

Identify how you are going to compete in your market. What’s your strategy? Will it be through customer intimacy, product or service leadership, or lowest total cost? Identify your strengths and... By Shannon Sage

Competitive Advantages for a Nonprofit (4 mins)

Yes, even nonprofits have competitive advantages. Identify what your organization does better than other organizations by using this matrix, so you can more effectively compete in gaining resources. By Shannon Sage

A Man. A Van. A Strategic Business Plan.

We came across this article on NPR and had to share it with all of you as a great strategic business plan that provides a little inspiration to the New Year! By Connie Armstrong

Understanding the difference between Strategic Plan & Business Plan

It is not uncommon that the term strategic plan and business plan get confused in the business world. Before beginning your strategy implementation, take a look at the difference between the... By Nancy Olsen

Mission Statement

Mission statement - this is your core purpose, the underlying “why” you are climbing the mountain, why you are in business. A mission statement is a declaration of your organization’s purpose... By Shannon Sage

Identify Your Competitive Advantages

A competitive advantage is simply the answer to: "What is your organization best at?" Your competitive advantage is what your organization does or potentially could do better than similar organizations. One... By Shannon Sage

Practice Scenario Planning to Develop a Strategy in a World of Uncertainties

We at OnStrategy, like many businesses across the country, had our eye on the August 2nd deadline to raise the national debt ceiling. While the general population might see these events... By Dr. Howard Olsen

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