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Steve Jobs’ Simple, Yet Powerful Lesson

With Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference kicking off this week, I’m reminded of something I learned from Steve Jobs. Something both powerful and yet incredibly simple—the very epitome of Jobs’ genius. The year was 1997. Apple was at a crossroads. It had wandered far from Jobs’ original vision. Twelve years after his tumultuous departure the company […]


Analytical Tools to Meet Your Strategic Planning Needs

Welcome to SmartDraw SPOTLIGHT, where we’ll explore cool features and functionality for you to discover. It’s difficult to accomplish anything without a plan.  Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, running a small business, or coaching your child’s soccer team, you need a strategic plan.  By establishing a strategic plan business leaders are able to determine where to spend human capital, […]

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July #SmartManagement Twitter Q&A Recap

Last Thursday we conducted a Twitter Q&A focused on sharing some tips and best practices for managing teams and projects. You can get a glimpse of the conversation at our Twitter handle @SmartDraw or at the hashtag #SmartManagement. During the Q&A we discussed things we’ve learned about management styles and skills. During the hour-long conversation […]

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Get Tips to Improve Your Management Skills in the #SmartManagement Twitter Q&A

What’s the secret to leading an effective team? There’s no shortage of managers, and those on their way to becoming managers, who want to know how to improve their management skills. In our 20+ years of business, we’ve learned a lot about management styles and skills. That’s why we’re hosting the Smart Management Twitter Q&A […]

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10 Ways to Kill Your Strategic Plan

A new year is a great time for re-thinking your organization’s strategy. But all strategic plans are not created equal. Successful strategic planning involves awareness and avoidance of common, critical mistakes that doom many plans to failure. Here are 10 reasons most strategic plans fail to produce results. Avoid these pitfalls and you’ll be on […]

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Strategic Planning is Just Like Baseball, Only Different

“Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.”* Just like strategic planning, sort of. I first used SmartDraw to create diagrams for the Little League Baseball team I managed in the 1990’s.  Having never played organized baseball, and possessing little to no natural athletic talent, my approach to coaching was to buy books […]

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