What’s Your Default Strategy

Dialogue Review, 14 September 2017 Every organisation has a ‘strategy’ – whether it’s intended, or not. All organisations need a strategy; indeed all organisations have a strategy – though they may not realise it. It may not be explicitly defined or clearly articulated, but the daily decisions and actions of an organisation’s leaders reflect that strategy. The only question is …

Why is Transformational Change so Difficult?

Marketing and Networking University, 25 October 2017 All the available evidence indicates that organisations are not good at delivering transformational change. Whether the transformation involves merging with another company, replatforming core IT systems or changing culture to become more customer-centric, the success rate – in terms of achieving the targets set at the outset – is often said to be …

Why Most Strategies Fail to Deliver

MBA World, 7 November 2017 Before the financial crisis of 2008, the leaders of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) claimed that they didn’t need a strategy, as everything they did led to success! Maybe if they’d had a strategy the UK Government wouldn’t have had to inject £45 billion of taxpayers’ money to save the bank. In reality, RBS …

Operationalising Ideas

Thinkers50, 28 December 2017 Ideas are important, as without ideas there can be no progress. But not all ideas are good or make a positive contribution to business and society. Some ideas may be interesting – and possibly intellectually stimulating – but are of no other value when it comes to informing organisational strategy and transformational change. The potential value …

Confronting Your Default Future

Mi Business Mag, 8 January 2018 Individually, each of us has a default future; as do our businesses, families, communities and societies. It’s the place we will end up if we take no action other than that currently planned. If the default future is aligned with your ambition and aspirations, then simply enjoy the experience and be sure to keep …

The ‘Beyond Default’ Leader

Much has been written about leadership, most of which focuses on the characteristics and behaviours of what the writer considers to be a successful leader. It could be argued that there are as many types of successful leader as there are writers on the subject. And some argue further that the distinction between leadership and management is meaningless as good …

Didn’t See That Coming

The HR Director Magazine, February 2018 edition, pages 48-49 Conventional thinking on strategy is that it begins by defining a compelling vision, complete with big, hairy, audacious goals (BHAGs). Then follows a plan for achieving the vision that is executed flawlessly. Sounds easy. So why is corporate history littered with organisations that have failed to react to change? The evidence …

Most strategies don’t work! Here’s how to have one that does

The Next Ten Years, 26 February 2018 Nick Bush from The Next Ten Years interviews David Trafford on the thinking behind the book Beyond Default.   NB: The idea of an organisation being on a trajectory is a compelling one, but I’ve not seen it articulated in this way before. Has anyone else defined strategy in a similar way before? DT: Not …

How To Develop Your Corporate Strategy

In this blog on how to develop your corporate strategy by The Center for Management & Organization Effectiveness, David Trafford and Peter Boggis offer six key points to keep in mind. Are you ready to get started with corporate strategy? If so, you’ve come to the right place. An effective corporate strategy is a crucial component of any successful corporation. …