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May 2011

Disaster Recovery Plans and Sustainable Strategic Planning

2017-01-17T17:22:44-04:00May 29th, 2011|2. Planning and Execution, Uncategorized|

With the recent tornadoes, tsunamis and other natural disasters wiping out communities in a flash, it reminds us of the need for sustainable strategic planning not only in business but in our personal affairs. According to an article by St. Louis Today, at the St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, emergency procedures were followed which helped save lives. Minutes before the tornado hit, the hospital declared a “Condition Gray” which alerted all personnel to move to the stairwells and other protected areas of the hospital. These procedures had been in place for years prior to the event, and it’s this kind of preparation that helped to save lives and continue with operations once the tornado had passed.

Medical units typically start a triage system whenever there is a disaster which allows emergency personnel to evaluate people quickly and get help for the people who need it the most. In the case of St. John’s, the […]

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Sustainable Strategic Planning Through the BCG Matrix

2017-01-17T17:22:44-04:00May 6th, 2011|2. Planning and Execution, Uncategorized|

One of the things we try to do at 1000 Cranes® is to provide practical resources to customers through our services. I had the pleasure of speaking at the Resource Raleigh Project LIFT Conference at the McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State Campus last Thursday and provided the participants with tools to review their operations.  One of the biggest challenges in business and nonprofits today is knowing when to stop providing services.  As much as we’d like to continue providing as many offerings and services, with limited resources, especially in today’s economy, organizations need to be smarter in making decisions on what they can and cannot do.  In other words, retrench and refocus your efforts so that you are better serving your customers and ultimately better operating as an organization.

You hear so much about acquisitions taking place in the corporate world to expand into markets, but what about tailoring services to better focus your offerings so that you can provide greater value and streamlining and reducing offerings in order to be more effective?

One of […]

What Did Osama Bin Laden do for Sustainable Strategic Planning?

2017-01-17T17:22:44-04:00May 3rd, 2011|2. Planning and Execution, 3. Embracing Change, 5. Helping Others, Uncategorized|

The death of Osama Bin Laden this week illuminated to the world the tenacity of the United States in its relentless pursuit of the mastermind of the September 11th attacks. It’s been ten years in the making since the tragedy of the twin towers, the Pentagon and Flight 93, and it’s still resonates within the minds of many Americans. The dreadful acts on that day forever changed the minds of United States citizens and for many around the world. It was a wake-up call for many of us. We have since endured security changes that make us long for the olden days where we could actually greet our loved ones at the airport arrival gate.

One of the key things that changed was our view of crisis management and travel in the workplace at at home.  We now analyze data more thoroughly and look for solutions to keep the organization thriving.  Sustainable strategic planning became a necessity as we […]

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April 2011

Bull City Forward Sustainable Strategic Planning Poster!

2017-01-17T17:22:44-04:00April 30th, 2011|2. Planning and Execution, 4. Collaborative Relationships, 5. Helping Others, Uncategorized|

Yesterday evening, I attended the one year anniversary celebration of Bull City Forward, a non-profit in Durham that was created to foster the development of social enterprises.   Many leaders in the Durham social enterprise scene were there including Social Enterprise Network of the Triangle members, Jeff Stern from TROSA, Ann Woodward from the Scrap Exchange, Chris Carmody from Green Plus, and Matt Nash from the Center for the Advancement of Social Enterprise at Duke.   I had a chance to quickly chat with Bull City Forward  Executive Director, Christopher Gergen, and his enthusiasm and passion are clearly a force with the organization. He has a vision to see North Carolina as a hub of social enterprise activity throughout the State, and he’s already working with Charlotte to begin the Queen City Forward organization.  I have no doubt he’ll be working to build a statewide organization in the years to come.

He unveiled a poster at the event which revealed his sustainable strategic […]

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Environmental aspects of Sustainable Strategic Planning

2017-01-17T17:22:45-04:00April 20th, 2011|1. Faith and Vision, 2. Planning and Execution, Uncategorized|

I always thought it was ironic that the explosion of the Transocean Deepwater Horizon occurred in the Gulf of New Mexico two days before Earth Day, and on Earth Day itself, on April 22nd, 2010,  the oil rig sank into the depths of the Gulf beginning the long saga of the largest US oil spill in history.  An estimated 200,000 GALLONS of crude oil PER DAY were released into the gulf destroying wildlife and affecting many communities along the coast.  What was clearly illuminated in the tragedy last year was the intense focus of management strictly on the financial returns rather than taking a comprehensive look at  the social and environmental returns as well.  This one dimensional thinking strictly for financial returns proved to be a literal disaster.

When consulting with clients, 1000 Cranes reviews the aspects of Sustainable Strategic Planning where the financial returns on investment are critical, but also consideration MUST be given to social and environmental […]

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August 2010

Using Incentives to Encourage Others

2017-01-17T17:22:47-04:00August 31st, 2010|2. Planning and Execution|

6697_rolling Our District 37 Toastmasters International group recently launched some incentives to help grow membership in our District.  Clubs that grow four, eight or ten new members earn a gift that can be used by all the club members.  We gave these incentives special names to remember the various levels:

More with Four – A Club will receive a Toastmasters Presentation Timer

Great with Eight – A Club will receive a Kensington Presentation Remote Clicker

Zen with Ten – A club will receive a Toastmasters rolling cart

We did a "soft launch" of this incentive program a few weeks ago with some of our Division leaders, and it will be released in a Toastmasters newsletter today.  We're excited about these new ways that clubs can earn gifts to help all the club members!  So far, we've received great feedback, and clubs are encouraged to spread the word and gain new membership! 

What incentive programs have you tried in […]

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