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Strategic Thinking by Ken Lang, Andy Bruce

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Assessing the Risks

Having tested the strategy for problems during the planning stage, now review the change project plans to ascertain what might prevent them from succeeding. List potential threats and, if necessary, alter the plans to minimize them.

TIP

Always rehearse a contingency plan to make it more useful.

TIP

Ask stakeholders what they think could go wrong.

TIP

Greet the unexpected as an opportunity rather than a threat.

Predicting problems

Bring the team together with the sole purpose of brainstorming a list of possible future problems. Look at each action plan in turn and ask the question, “What could prevent this from happening?” This process encourages the team to defend the plan against constructive criticism, with the ...

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