Tag: strategic planning

Penning a Persuasive Proposal

April 11th, 2013   •   no comments   

Image courtesy of MD Journey

Writing is an art and a science. Often, it involves the right alchemy of formula, focus and flow.

Effective writing of internal “pitch” documents is an important managerial skill. Through well articulated plans, proposals and submissions, one can lobby for much needed budgets, manpower or other resources to support one’s work.

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Four Tools to Improve Productivity

March 7th, 2013   •   3 comments   

Four Tools to Improve Productivity
You need the right tool for the job (Swiss Army knife courtesy of Victorinox)

Productivity is one of the main prerogatives for Singapore’s service-based and export-driven economy.

Unfortunately, it is also one of the toughest challenges to surmount.

As I’ve blogged previously, addressing our productivity challenge entails understanding what it means. This involves studying how man, method, machine, material and other means are combined to generate wealth for the enterprise in the most effective and efficient manner. Through the careful analysis and diagnosis of problem areas, organisational productivity issues can be resolved.
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To Consult or Not To Consult?

December 18th, 2012   •   no comments   

Don’t hire a consultant who doesn’t look good in a suit (courtesy of consulta panel)

Are consultants a boon or a bane? Do they really help or hurt your organisation?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself lately. Tasked with improving things in the organisation, my mind reflected upon the pros and cons of hiring management consultants.
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Great By Choice: Book Review

December 6th, 2012   •   no comments   

Why do some companies succeed in turbulent times while others fail?

Is there a “secret sauce” to enduring corporate performance?

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Penning Papers that Persuade

May 24th, 2011   •   no comments   

Courtesy of CGU Writing Centre

Writing papers is not second nature for most of us. It isn’t easy to slave over the words, facts and figures that form an integral part of white collar work, while putting forth a cogent and convincing argument.

Fortunately, there is an art and a science to writing policies, strategic plans, strategies, and other documents geared towards rallying support, budgets and stakeholder buy-in. Here are some tips that I have learnt from my years of experience in wielding the pen as the sword.
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When Analysis Become Paralysis

April 3rd, 2011   •   no comments   

Courtesy of Geek and Poke

In the field of strategy and planning, there are two age-old dilemmas which one commonly encounters in the process of doing one’s work, namely:

1) How much research should we conduct?

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The First Rule in Strategic Planning

September 26th, 2010   •   3 comments   


What is the most important point in conceiving any strategic plan?

Is it being clear on your long-term strategic objectives (ie vision, mission and values)? Well, that’s certainly important as you must know where your destination is.
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