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Issues Management Vs. Crisis Management

Strategic issues management is acting early in the life cycle of an issue for the purpose of managing the outcome of the issue, before the issue elevates to a crisis. It is acting in the zone of preemption. Crisis management is acting in the zone of reaction, after an issue has elevated to a crisis.

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A Simple Formula for Good Strategy: DP + 2(PI) = GS Part 2 – Problem Identification

Developing good strategy doesn’t require a complicated process. There is no denying that developing good strategy is hard work, but, the reality is, the formula is simple: Diverse Perspective + Problem Identification + Problem Investigation = Good Strategy.

The genesis of all good strategy is applying diverse perspective to properly defining and systematically investigating the problem. All three components overlap must be used; using any one or two components will result in incomplete strategy, the wrong strategy or no strategy at all.

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Problem Identification

Einstein has been quoted as having said “if I had an hour to solve a problem and my life depended on the solution, I would spend the first 55 minutes determining the proper question to ask, for once I know the proper question, I could solve the problem in less than five minutes.

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A Simple Formula for Good Strategy: DP + 2(PI) = GS Part I – Diverse Perspective

Developing good strategy doesn’t require a complicated process. There is no denying that developing good strategy is hard work, but, the reality is, the formula is simple: Diverse Perspective + Problem Identification + Problem Investigation = Good Strategy.

The genesis of all good strategy is applying diverse perspective to properly defining and systematically investigating the problem. All three components overlap and must be used; using any one or two components will result in an incomplete strategy, the wrong strategy or no strategy at all.

This article focuses on the use of diverse perspective. Click here and sign up to get the next two articles on problem identification and problem investigation.

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The Master Key to High Performing Boards

An effective strategy cuts through the clutter and focuses on what will make a difference. If you had to choose one area of focus to improve the performance of your Board, what would it be? In High Performing Boards, Gazley and Bowers report that the “benefits to be gained from a more strategic orientation are…
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