Assessment of the situation to devise a game plan for things to come to fruition.

the ceo magazine, strategic planning,
Claire Brooks, President, ModelPeople Inc.

Over the last twelve years I have been consulting on strategy and innovation with organizations, from the Top 10 of the Fortune 100, to start-ups and not-for-profits. During this period I’ve seen a quiet revolution in the way that strategic planning is carried out. It used to be that leading corporations relied on rigorous annual strategic planning processes, yet in a VUCA world - one of Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity – markets and customers are now moving too fast for traditional models of strategy planning.

the ceo magazine, workforce,
Lisa Hufford, Founder & CEO, Simplicity Consulting

Companies are increasingly looking at their goals and their successes in terms of projects. These might be long-term projects; they might be strategic projects; or they might be more tactical projects.  But by 2020, it's estimated that 40 percent of the workforce will not want to be full time employees. So how can a company plan for long-term success with such a fluid talent pool?  On-demand talent.


The workplace is filled with awkward situations that are hard to discuss. Perhaps there’s been an unpleasant exchange between co-workers and there’s a lingering undertone of anger. Maybe someone didn’t get the expected promotion and remain disappointed. Perhaps market conditions mean that bonuses were cut out this year. Maybe it’s best to not say anything? Maybe it will create an upset if we mention a touchy subject? Maybe it’s best to pretend like there’s nothing wrong? We are tempted to brush a big upset under the rug except that it doesn’t fit under the rug.



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