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Knowledge Worker: What’s Going On Here?

Knowledge Worker: What’s Going On Here?

A paper I wrote titled A Puzzle Solved describes a situation in which a sales manager asked me to look into a situation that was puzzling her. The request was more or less informal and had nothing to do with the project on which I was working. To shorten a long story, the situation involved a top-performing sales rep who would inexplicably call in sick in the middle of a hot streak of sales.

Knowledge Worker: Five Keys to Successful Change Management

Knowledge Worker: Five Keys to Successful Change Management

No one of them will unlock a successful change management effort; all five are needed. In this column, I will briefly review each of them.

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic Financial Planning

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic Financial Planning

In September, I shared how chapters could avoid being in problem-solving mode by spending more time with upfront planning and even orchestrating how your board and committees serve professionals. Many chapters have annual one-day planning meetings in which the president invites the board, committee members, sponsoring organizations, and interested members to partake in critical discussions to revisit the vision and mission, conduct high-level analyses, and design goals and tactics for communications, finance, membership, programming, and public relations.

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic and Operational Planning

Chapter Corner: Prepare for Next Year Early: Strategic and Operational Planning

One way to avoid being in problem-solving mode throughout the year is by spending more up-front time planning and even orchestrating how your board and committees serve members, sponsors, and your professional guests. To accomplish this, chapters have annual one-day planning meetings in which the president invites the board, committee members, sponsoring organizations, and interested members to partake in critical discussions to revisit the vision and mission; conduct high-level analyses; and design goals and tactics for communications, finance, membership, programming, and public relations.

Knowledge Worker</br>Bridging the Gap between Ends and Means: The Role of Strategy–Part 2

Knowledge Worker
Bridging the Gap between Ends and Means: The Role of Strategy–Part 2

What, then, is strategy? Is it a plan? Does it refer to how we will obtain the ends we seek? Is it a position taken? Just as military forces might take the high ground prior to engaging the enemy, might a business take the position of low-cost provider? Or does strategy refer to perspective, to the view one takes of matters, and to the purposes, directions, decisions, and actions stemming from this view? Last, does strategy refer to a pattern in our decisions and actions?