Past Issues

Strategic Leadership


Margaret Reynolds

Time for a Change in Strategy?

Far too many businesses don’t realize they need to change things up until they are already in decline. It may seem counterintuitive, but when your business has seen multiple years of double-digit growth and has hit record revenue and profits—that is the best time to begin thinking about the next big breakthrough. (more…)

What’s In Your Small Business’s Strategic Planning Tool-Kit?

When you hire a carpenter to build a deck, what questions do you ask? Do you ask to see his saw and hammer? Or do you ask to see other decks he has built? The tools may be important, but precisely which hammer he uses probably matters less to you than the quality of the finished product and whether it meets or even surpasses your expectations.  (more…)

The Danger of Lifelong Learning

I am an avid reader. I love to learn. Chances are you do, too. I think everyone in our tribe would call themselves a lifelong learner with perhaps more than a little pride. It wasn’t until I started writing the introduction to my book and examining my hopes for the reader that I realized that the goal is not the learning—it is in the doing of what you learned. (more…)

Why Business Shouldn’t Always Just ‘Go With the Flow’

I spent the day working on a five-year strategic plan with a board of directors. The board is comprised of C-suite executives from Fortune 1000 companies—knowledgeable, experienced and smart. So why hadn’t they previously asked the tough questions about the organization’s future? Like, how do you define success? Or are new trends something we embrace, ignore or push back on? (more…)


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