Last month I shared a Reading Room post about Decision Making; it was a series of links to popular methodologies for making decisions. A reader question requested some more information on these methods in action. Ryan Williams is the president of Websuasion, an app development company, and he asked: Thanks for this breakdown, Rebecca. Our…

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In business, tradition is a terrible reason to do something. “That’s the way we’ve always done it” is not an effective evaluation of strategy. And don’t even get me started on “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. (To summarize my view on this: always consider fixing it, there might be a better way to…

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Decision Making in business is a common subject of mine. This blog is about strategy, and strategy is about knowing how and when to make the right decisions. In addition, I have been quoted on the NCR Silver blog on this topic, and one of my Udemy courses is a framework for making group decisions…

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I am delighted to feature once again in the NCR Silver blog, courtesy of a writer Meg Hall. How to Make Better Business Decisions Seeing my online course: Effective Decision Making in Business, Meg and I had an exchange about how business owners and leaders can make their decisions impactful for the long term. Click…

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Lasagna – a quintessential dish of the Italian cuisine. Originally from the Emilia Romagna region, which is really the home of pasta. It includes all the best of the regional cuisine: tasty pasta, creamy bechamel sauce, and flavorful ragú bolognese. This last is a meat sauce. With so many elements it is typical to find…

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It is everywhere, both praised and maligned but never ignorable. Agile. You may have heard of it in the technology sphere, as in Agile Development, and perhaps also in the business sphere as the methodology permeates all part of business management. To close off my series on process, it is worth addressing Agile as the…

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I mean… what’s not to enjoy? Building a process that begins at point A, understands the arrival point B, and connects all those dots with effective steps and outcomes is actually the sort of thing I might do for fun. But then, that’s why I am in this job and my clients are in theirs,…

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ManagementstudyGuide.com has a lesson on Decision Making: it is 21 chapters long. Guess who doesn’t have time to read 21 chapters about decision making? Business owners who are making a dozen decisions a day. Formal Problem Solving is a multi-step process that includes interviews, reports, meetings and project management, and it is completely unrealistic in…

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Recently I was preparing for a brief talk on Michael Porter’s Five Forces Analysis, and it got me thinking of another reason I admire Porter: his great quote that “The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do”. Working on a new strategy, tactic or general idea is exciting. Enthusiasm grows, energy abounds, and…

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Before starting my own consulting practice I worked as a strategist for a software company, where our clients were information professionals and special libraries. As such, I remain an active member in the Special Libraries Association, and just recently returned from the 2018 annual conference. Operational departments face the same challenges as “on the spot”…

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