Neil Tambe

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I'm a Detroiter who happens to enjoy writing, national parks, orange juice, the performing arts, and fanciful socks. More than anything though, I aspire to be a good husband, father, and citizen.

Running the bases: A framework for strategy development

I had a fun work meeting yesterday where we were outlining a strategy for a new initiative. Being the management nerd that I am, wanted to use a framework to help guide our discussion.  

I took the competing values framework (which was developed at Ross, go Blue), specifically Bob Quinn’s four questions from his book Lift, and put it into a baseball metaphor. The idea is to think through the problem you are solving by “running the bases” - starting from home plate - before jumping to a solution and writing a “pitch”.

Sharing it here for three reasons: 

  • It was fun, and I wanted to share in case it’s helpful.
  • If you have feedback, I’d love to improve it.
  • if you’re willing to share, what exercises do you use to develop a strategy with a team? 

Link to a PDF

Character Muscles

But just like when lifting something heavy, I think character doesn’t involve a single muscle. Rather I see character as having a few “major muscle” groups that need to be developed to be able to make the heavy lift of right action.

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