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AJC Playbook: How to Rally the Whole Team and Avoid Silos?

Now that your organization has a Strategic Roadmap in place, how can you ensure that all departments will work together to accomplish these broad goals, rather than each determining their own course of action that may or may not consider the team as a whole? In his book, Silos, Politics, and Turf Wars, Patrick Lencioni …

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AJC Playbook: How do we create a Strategic Roadmap Leading to our Vision?

Once your free-flowing brainstorming session time is over, it is time to confirm your Strategy and organize your Strategic Roadmap.  The Strategy will consider the business you are in (or want to be in) from your earlier vision, mission, values and growth goals; and determine how your organization will thrive in that business. Historically, we …

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How to Prioritize Projects? “Lunch and Learn!”

How do you know you are prioritizing the “right” work? Learn how to objectively prioritize projects and align your team to the priority. Watch our Lunch and Learn on How to Prioritize Projects: There is always more work to do than there are people, money, and time with which to do it. And if you …

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AJC Playbook: What’s the best strategy for us?

Developing a Strategy, while often considered a “Blue Sky” activity, necessarily must be grounded in the current reality of the organization and its environment. Only when taking these things into account, coupled with knowledge of the type of growth you want and your Vision for the future, can an effective Strategy be determined. Thus, the …

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40 Questions for a Current State Business Review

Here are 40 Questions to ask before leading Strategic Planning sessions in a Current State Business Review section to “confirm the present.” Some are quantitative, and some qualitative, though having a high level understanding around most of these to inform the foundation for growth. What kind of technology are we using?  What are we creating?  …

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How to do Process Mapping Virtually

Process Mapping is an effective way to improve business operations. How can this be done well in today’s virtual environment? Top 5 Takeaways: Prepare Tools and Backup Files Ahead Don’t skip the Scribe Role Maintain focused sessions with breaks Use Virtual Tools even when in person! Process Map ANYWAY! Happy Mapping! Reference Articles: A Crash …

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How do you know if your employees are satisfied?

There is a lot of buzz about the Great Resignation or the Resignation Tsunami. More recently, however, the conversation among Leaders has shifted toward Retention. Leaders are recognizing that they are not able to hire talent quickly, and turnover is expensive and can cause delays in value production for customers.    So how can you …

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How do Great Managers Retain Employees?

Direct supervisors, or managers, are the most important influence on employees’ job satisfaction. According to this article by McKinsey published in September 2020, “Relationships with management are the top factor in employees’ job satisfaction, which in turn is the second most important determinant of employees’ overall well-being. “ This is so well established that Patrick Lencioni, …

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AJC Playbook: How to Define Mission and Vision?

Before you head off into the strategic realm, it is often helpful to consider what you are trying to do as an organization (your Mission) and where you want to be in the future (your Vision). Align your team to specific definitions of these. Below are AJC’s Definitions of Mission and Vision. How to define …

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