Category Archives: Strategy

Let’s Celebrate: You’re Invited!

This year Lori and I have the honor of co-chairing the ISU Alumi Association Cardinal & Gold Gala with Harvey (’70 ’73) and Marcia (’73) Freese.  We cordially invite you to celebrate with us on February 9th. It is sure … Continue reading

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What Matters Most?

For the past 13-plus years, Stanford MBA applicants have had to answer the essay question “What matters most to you and why?” The question tends to send applicants into a frenzy. How does one answer this simple yet challenging prompt? … Continue reading

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4 Value-Adds When Leading & Facilitating Planning

Client comments tell us lots about what is – and isn’t – valued in planning. Continue reading

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Everything Flows. Everything Changes. Panta Rei.

By Mary Sundet Jones Some things are so core to who you are and what you do that it can take time to be able to see them clearly. An astute outside observer’s off-hand comment, or, in this case, a … Continue reading

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To Plan for Now, Know Your Vision

Strategic Planning Building Blocks: Vision It’s not so hard to plan when you know what you’re planning for. What’s your guiding star? A Strategic Plan that tangibly moves you toward a compelling – even exciting – future is a Plan … Continue reading

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Getting off the Rope

Is the best way to overcome a challenge the one you’ve taught yourself to avoid? Continue reading

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A New Year’s Bowl – with Good Wishes from TPG Companies

As 2016 comes to a close, we at TPG Companies wish you peace, joy, and fulfillment throughout the coming year. We appreciate all who work to enhance the lives of those around them – in business, in the community, and in the … Continue reading

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Meet Carl & Jake Kirpes

I love those moments when, as a parent, one knows that The Kids Are All Right – and they’re being recognized for it. It hit me again when I saw Meet Carl & Jake Kirpes as the title of a blog … Continue reading

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10. Don’t Lose the Core to Do the More: Maxims for Impact and Effectiveness

Tenth and last (for now) in a series of ten maxims I find myself repeating often.  The Next Big Thing can be great – except when it isn’t. In the world of VUCA, permanent whitewater change, and the imperative for … Continue reading

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9. Let It Play Through: 10 Maxims for Impact and Effectiveness

Ninth in a series of ten maxims I’ve cultivated and use regularly to enhance business. Immediate action isn’t always the right move. It may be better to Let It Play Through.  Conventional wisdom tends to reward fast action in business. Respond quickly. Think on … Continue reading

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