Tag Archives: Strategic Planning

Changwon Suh

In accordance with the Government Performance and Results Modernization Act (GPRA) of 2010, U.S. federal agencies must update their strategic plans every four years, no later than the February one year after the start of a new presidential term. As election day nears, many agencies, including the National Science Foundation

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Ross Brindle

Building a technology roadmap is hard. It’s difficult to predict research breakthroughs and the pace of technology gains even when other variables are within your direct control. But these challenges multiply in a consortium setting, where member organizations may have competing interests, priorities, and perspectives. Think about it: individual companies

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Changwon Suh

The recent launch of the new Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (the Institute) by the Obama administration is a good example of how industry is integrating virtual processes (e.g., information technology) with physical processes. This approach—or synthetic systems view—is becoming more common in the manufacturing industry, and will improve manufacturing processes

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Kendra Chappell
A Simple Tool for More-Effective Decision-Making
Kendra ChappellFebruary 23, 2016

You make decisions every day, but when it comes to business decisions, how you make those decisions can help determine your success. Do any of these stories sound familiar? Your team agrees you’ve found the perfect person to fill a new position, but the discussion continues for weeks. You’re then

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Patrick White
3 Steps to Building a Decision Matrix
Patrick WhiteOctober 30, 2015

We’ve all been in a situation during a meeting when the group needs to come to a decision and choose one or more options among several contenders. This often happens while brainstorming potential projects, market opportunities, or even locations for your next office party. Sometimes the answer is simple and

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Greg Hildeman

When planning for the future, the only thing you know for certain is that the future is uncertain. Tools that help organizations to focus on priorities in a future full of risks and possibilities can be highly valuable when shaping an organization’s future. At Nexight, we provide strategic analysis and

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Jack Eisenhauer

A small article appeared this month in the Washington Post—What your company can learn from the rise of craft beer—that struck a chord with me. It pointed out that craft beer sales took off during the recession, growing 17.2 percent while overall beers sales fell 1.9 percent. This growth was

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Lindsay Pack
Building Global Health Resilience
Lindsay PackNovember 18, 2014

The Ebola epidemic has thrust into the spotlight the world’s ability (or perhaps inability) to come together to rapidly address global health crises. Although some argue that there have been successes, the general consensus is that the international response was “too little, too late,” which resulted in greater spread of

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Warren Hunt

It has been said that “nonprofit is a tax status, not a business strategy.” Perhaps you’ve also heard the phrase “no money, no mission.” The reality is that nonprofits need financial resources to accomplish the good they seek to do—and they can be strategic in finding those resources. While many

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Jack Eisenhauer
Collaborative Planning Dos and Don’ts
Jack EisenhauerApril 8, 2014

Collaborative planning typically cuts across organizations, disciplines, and geographies and can be very challenging. If no single organization is in charge, chaos may prevail; when one is, the organization may be viewed with suspicion, or worse resentment. Different organizations and disciplines often use different terminology, which hinders communication and understanding

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