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Randy Burge

Thank you, John Hagel, for posting one of the most salient discussions on the essence of strategy formulation in today's hyper-changing worlds -- whether for individuals, organizations, or their enveloping systems.

Your three questions and quick simple advice for each gives breadth and depth to core directional decision challenges:
  • What is my differentiation?
  • How can I maximize my leverage?
  • How will we measure success?

While I have often used elements of this process intuitively in seeing the whole strategic process in motion, you explain, crystalize, and validate it in ways I will refer to hereafter.

Another perspective to add to the discussion mix that I came across recently via Dr. Ed Morrison at the Purdue Center for Regional Development distinguishes between strategic planning and strategic doing.

Morrison/PRDC's strategic doing model advocates for and integrates an iterative learning/doing process into the standard strategic planning methods (applied to regional innovation by the PCRD), complementing your three-question discovery advice by my take.

I am interested to read your thoughts about this PCRD adaptation as a tool to be used during the planning cycles encountered in answering your three questions.

Thanks again for your insights!


Randy Burge
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