During Week One (Report the Facts) of the annual planning process, you may ask yourself questions such as: What are my best sources of project leads? Which sources of leads convert at a low rate? When I lost proposals, what was the reason? While a CRM system such as Pipedrive can help you answer those […]

Kathryn Valentine shares an article published in Fast Company that offers an original approach to preventing burnout and includes tips on how to do it.  As the working mom of a 2- and 4-year old, I have felt it.  This pandemic is exhausting and seems to just. Keep. Dragging. On.  I’m not the only one. […]

Peet van Biljon shares an article on managing risk and uncertainty for the entrepreneur.  Uncertainty in all its forms is a constant companion of the entrepreneur. How well entrepreneurs manage multiple risks and uncertainties determines the success or failure of their new offerings and businesses, and whether their investors will make or lose money. Good […]

Belden Menkus shares a podcast interview with Charles Wookey. Our guest is Charles Wookey, CEO of Blueprint for Better Business, an independent charity whose purpose is to create a better society through better business. Charles was one of the founders of Blueprint and a key contributor to the thinking behind the Blueprint approach which asserts […]

Astrid Malval-Beharry shares a case study on building a disruptive smart home solution for an InsurTech startup.  Situation An InsurTech startup approached StratMaven for assistance with a monetization strategy for their smart-home solution. The company wanted to understand whether insurance carriers were interested in subsidizing the cost of the solution, as part of their overall […]


Start now, and finish in time for the December holidays: In Episode 445 of Unleashed, David A. Fields walks me through an eight-week annual planning process for consultants. Should take just 90 minutes per week. In the podcast, David goes into some detail and provides examples. If you want the core message in written form, read David’s […]


Ben Dattner shares an article published in Harvard Business Review that reveals the source of most conflicts in the workplace.  Conflict happens everywhere, including in the workplace. When it does, it’s tempting to blame it on personalities.  But more often than not, the real underlying cause of workplace strife is the situation itself, rather than […]


Andrew Seay provides an article that identifies five ways your inventory costs are hurting your bottom line.  For its status as the arch-enemy of “lean manufacturing,” excess inventory can actually feel pretty good in a company:  It prevents lost sales due to stock-outs.  It provides peace of mind when a critical piece of equipment breaks.  […]

Andy Sheppard shares an older but always relevant post that asks whether professional insights can lead to spiritual insights. In my work, I often help leaders to dismantle silos in their organisations. It’s so rewarding to see people thrive and gain new insights as they come together. Somewhat similarly, I have also found that new […]


Aneta Key extends an invitation to an online global professional mixer on October 29, 2021.  “Switch the scene, switch the topic, switch the crowd:  A lovely virtual networking event for a quick time out. About the mixers The Global Professional Mixers are short, highly interactive events MC-ed by Aneta Key that spotlight rotating “Virtual Explorations” […]

Alistair Hodgett shares a post that helps you end the week productively and get you ready for the weekend. The end of the work week can be many things: ☐ The end of a period of work, consisting of achievements and difficulties ☐ A transition to leisure time, activities or time with family and friends […]

Amit Bhambi shares a timeless post and three key takeaways for a successful and strategic change management process. Strategic Change Management is understanding where we are making change then executing. When picking a new restaurant to try out with friends, you have to take some things into consideration to choose the right place. You may […]