Strategy (3): Strategy is about the big picture (relatively)

This is the third post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the dynamic process of making big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Which picture? Strategy is commonly defined as a “big picture” activity: “a general plan to…

Strategy (2): Strategy is dynamic

This is the second post in a series – start here. Definition of Strategy (as a skill or activity): Strategy is the dynamic process of making big-picture plans (strategies) with the intention of increasing the chances or speed at which you’ll achieve your major goals. Strategy in a changing world Because strategies are made and executed in a changing world…

Strategy (1): What is Strategy?

I thought it would be helpful to start a series on strategy with a working definition of strategy, but found it rather tricky to define because we use it in a number of ways. Here are three DriverlessCrocodile definitions of strategy, subject to revision as this series continues. I’ll unpack them further in subsequent posts. Definition of Strategy (as a…

“What can I do?”

… is the question you’ve been waiting to be asked, and it deserves your full attention. Who’s asking? What are they doing now? What can they do? What could they do? (Should you tell them? Should you ask them to tell you?) What else will it take from you to make it happen? Un-busy yourself, spend some time thinking about…

“What should I do?”

If you desperately need a job, you are just another problem for a boss; if you can solve many of the problems the boss has right now, you are hired. To be hired, think like your boss. Kevin Kelly – 68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice A hierarchy of task-related competence and maturity: We have opposite intentions. I will not do…

The next shell up

As your organisation grows you’ll discover yourself passing through awkward, vulnerable seeming inbetween stages, like when you’re… Too big to operate out of your house but too small to afford an office; Too big for everyone to be involved in everything but too small for truly specialised teams; Big enough to need a good accountant / media person / office…

Roosevelt’s Man in the Arena (extended cut)

If you already know it, you may not have read this extended cut. If you haven’t come across it, it’s time you did. The Man in the Arena

“It’s right there.”

It’s much easier to look for something you’ve lost when you know it’s there: When you know that it exists When you know what it looks or sounds or feels like When you know that it really is in the place that you’re looking for it. The same is true of the change we’re trying to make: It helps to…