Right Focus 05.11.20 // Michael Canic

Scenario Planning: Why Now, Here’s How

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We’re into the next phase of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses and consumers are slowly re-boarding, increasingly reengaging the marketplace and revving up the economic engine. Yet it remains a time of great uncertainty and ... Read More

Right Focus 03.02.20 // Michael Canic

How to See the Future

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I recently watched a wonderful opera singer perform with the local symphony. Her voice was incredible and her presence captivating. What made it all the more impressive was that while she was there, she wasn’t really there. ... Read More

Right Focus 01.06.20 // Michael Canic

How Good Were You at Predicting the Past?

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One of the things I like about The Economist magazine is that, unlike most publications at this time of year, it doesn’t simply forecast what lies ahead, but evaluates the forecasts made last year. ... Read More

Right Focus 12.09.19 // Michael Canic

Is Your Team Focused? The 3-Minute Test

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An organization can’t be focused and aligned unless the top management team is focused and aligned. It has to start at the top. ... Read More

Right Focus 10.14.19 // Michael Canic

One More Time: Grow, Yes, But Grow What?

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Whenever companies embark on their annual strategic process, the discussion invariably turns to growth. It’s often an unchallenged assumption that each year you should grow revenues, profits, market share—all of it. And why not? ... Read More

Right Focus 08.05.19 // Michael Canic

Why You Should Anticipate The Future Even If You Can’t Control It

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“Focus on what you can control.” Every leader knows that, right? Why waste time on the things you can’t control when you can use it to deal with the things you can? ... Read More

Right Focus 06.24.19 // Michael Canic

The Cost of Quality: The 1-10-100 Rule

Early in my career, I was trained in the field of service quality. One concept that has always stuck with me is “The 1-10-100 Rule.” ... Read More

Right Focus 04.29.19 // Michael Canic

Let’s Put an End to the False “Strategy vs. Culture” Debate

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People, let’s put an end to it. The false debate about which is more important: strategy or culture. It’s a debate that seemingly refuses to die, and it’s based on a total misunderstanding. But before I get into that, a little history … ... Read More

Right Focus 03.04.19 // Michael Canic

Lease Your Beliefs, Don’t Own Them

Lease Your Beliefs, Don’t Own Them

The double-edged sword of “knowing” is that it gets in the way of learning. ... Read More

Right Focus 01.07.19 // Michael Canic

Your New Year’s Goals Will Fail … Unless You Do This

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We’re fresh into the New Year. You’re full of ambition and full of energy. And, importantly, you’ve identified your goals. ... Read More

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Michael Canic

Michael has posted a weekly blog on Making Strategy Happen for over 5 years. (Well, he did miss one on New Year’s Eve 2012 that we won’t talk about!)

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