Strategic Leap - 10x Test

Having done a lot of strategy work with organizations over the years, one commonality I have found is that nearly all organizations make strategy more complicated than it needs to be.

Indeed, I suspect that a view of strategy as being something time-intensive and complex is one of the key factors that keeps many organizations from engaging in serious strategy work in the first place. (Most association education programs, our research has consistently shown, do not have any sort of formal, documented strategy.)

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

In simplest terms, a strategy is a clear vision of the desired future state of your business. This vision then provides a touchstone for making decisions about the activities you undertake. “Does this contribute in a meaningful way to achieving our future vision?” is the essential strategic question.

But how do you set the future vision?

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According to our recent (August 2014) online survey of associations, 33.0 percent have previously offered a virtual event, and another 21.4 percent plan to offer one in the coming year.

By virtual event, we don’t mean a single Webinar or Webcast, but something that looks to replicate many aspects of a traditional place-based conference, membership meeting, or trade show.

One-third of associations have offered a virual event.

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Importance of Lifelong Learning for Delayed Adulthood

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Education Mixed Sandwich?

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I spent several weeks in Spain this summer, and, early on in my travels, I found myself at a café, trying to decide what to eat. I saw sándwich mixto on the menu board. I’m not fluent in Spanish, but I know sándwich mixto translates to mixed sandwich. But what’s a mixed sandwich? And what […]

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