A few weeks ago I shared my first 50 strategy tweets with you. Here are the next 25. You can follow me on Twitter at https://twitter.com/stuart_cross

  1. Identify the major disagreements of your team. Resolve them, don’t hide from them.
  2. Meet more regularly to drive your big ideas forward. Amazon’s leadership team meets weekly, for example.
  3. Respond to all investment requests by saying, “And how will this help us achieve our vision?”
  4. When are you really at your best? Understanding what drives your success helps you better exploit it.
  5. Make your planning future-back. To hit your 3-year goals, what must you do in 2 years, 12 months, 90 days?
  6. Just because you’re the boss doesn’t mean you’re right. How much time do you spend listening vs. telling?
  7. Selectively prune in the good times and selectively invest in the bad to avoid a ‘boom and bust’ strategy.
  8. Exploit successful rule breaking. Where are your teams winning by ignoring the rulebook?
  9. Experiment, experiment. Version #1 is bound to be wrong, so get it over with and get onto version #2, #3 and #4.
  10. Take time to dream. Many breakthrough ideas came during some downtime. Look at Archimedes and Newton.
  11. The risk with plans and targets –you might hit them. What could you achieve with a more flexible approach?
  12. What preventative and contingent actions have you set to reduce the risk of your strategy?
  13. Continue to raise the bar for your business by having goals that sit above your immediate targets.
  14. Build on your strengths. Too many companies focus on correcting weaknesses, not exploiting their advantages.
  15. Yes, you want to drive profits, but does your strategy explain how you improve the lives of your customers?
  16. First decide on your objectives, then the best route to get there. We often mix and confuse these decisions.
  17. Can your front-line colleagues articulate your strategy? If not, how can they make good decisions?
  18. If you’re clear on where your going you can usually find a way to get there. What’s your #1 objective?
  19. Separate objectives from tactics. Be fixed on the vision but flexible on the route.
  20. The #1 business success factor is agility. How quickly and how well can you exploit new opportunities?
  21. Tesco’s had the same 4 strategic goals for 10 years plus. What are the consistent themes of your strategy?
  22. What split of your time is spent on external vs. internal issues? New growth is out there, not in here.
  23. Are your managers clear on their decision rights, or is everyone stepping on each other’s toes?
  24. For every decision you make, are you clear about how it will move your business towards its strategic goals?
  25. Are there hidden capabilities in your organisation that could take you into new market opportunities?

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