In Strategic Doing, the agile approach to strategy we use at Hutcheson Associates, moving from “What could we do?” to “What should we do” involves evaluating a number of potential strategic opportunities using our “Big Easy” criteria. The Big Easy calls on the strategy team’s collective intuition to decide which opportunity will likely have a BIG…

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Some behaviors promote energy gains. Other behaviors result in energy drains. We’ve all experiences both scenarios, right? Some teams and organizations leave us mentally, and even physically, exhausted. Others, however, leave us feeling more energized. Here’s a good list of energizing behaviors. Concern for others and interpersonal connections outside of organization-based roles Standing for something…

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What a busy and exciting time the first two months of the year has been. Here’s a little bit of what we’ve been up to. We’ve launched both Strategic Doing Pilots and Strategic Doing Transformation Initiatives to help organizational and civic leaders tackle complex challenges like: How do you design an entrepreneurial ecosystem within a large research university?…

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If you’ve read our book Strategic Doing: Ten Skills for Agile Leadership I hope you read the forward. It was written by virtuoso cellist Yo-Yo Ma and he offers some wonderful perspectives. Yo-Yo has helped us gain some valuable new insights about organizational agility. Part of what makes a great musician a…well…great musician, is their brain’s…

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In 2009, Jay-Z and Alisa Keys collaborated on a release entitled Empire State of Mind. In the song Jay-Z raps about Brooklyn, Tribeca, and Harlem as Key’s belts the lyrics “these streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you, hear it from New York, New York, New York!”  Their soaring tribute to New…

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We really like this thinking from Ron Ashkenas. He urges leaders to set “zesty goals.” These are goals that are short term, high priority, and challenging – goals for which there is a sense that they must be achieved! This is not too dissimilar to the notion of looking for the “Big Easy” that we refer to…

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We are so excited to announce that in 2021 we will be partnering with the Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program to offer leadership and communication training to program participants. The Borlaug Fellowship promotes food security and economic growth by providing training and collaborative research opportunities to fellows from developing and middle-income countries.…

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We like these thoughts from Shane Haste on how leaders can avoid falling into the “dark side” when the pressure is on. Letting psychological safety get pushed to the side, even for a moment, can cause long-lasting damage to organizational culture. Here’s his advice. Take a pause and ask yourself these three questions: What should…

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Wood or metal? Classic or contemporary? Statement-making thick or barely there minimalist? There are a lot of choices when picking out a picture frame, not to mention choosing a mat and deciding whether you want glare-free or just regular glass. My wife and I face this decision now and again when we decide to frame…

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