Publications

Right Lane Review — The Collective Pivot

COVID-19 has dominated our news feeds, our conversations and our headspace. What is unique is that we are experiencing this collectively. How we experience it will differ but this pandemic affects all of us.

It’s important to remind ourselves that regardless of how we got there – we pivoted. We brought our office furniture home, found nooks and cupboards to turn into offices, negotiated table space, bemoaned internet speeds and re-negotiated our calendars. The step you take after you pivot is the first of many towards adapting. In this edition of the Right Lane Review we outline processes, tools and practices that will support you to move towards adapting.

Productivity in the midst of a pandemic

May, 2020

Supporting teams to be more productive is about making productivity a habit which requires a three-step approach: first, constantly reinforce priorities; second, make it easy to start and hard to stray away from them; and finally, build in rewards to sustain the habit.

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Remote yet accountable: How to create a culture of accountability while working remotely

May, 2020

We explore the necessary conditions for a culture of accountability and how to foster these conditions when working remotely by focusing on two factors: the right cadence and using the right digital tools.

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Five practices for conducting successful remote/digital workshops

March, 2020

The current COVID-19 situation is first and foremost a health concern. We must keep our people and workplaces safe and reduce the risk to our families and communities. The secondary challenge is keeping the wheels of our economy and businesses turning. Decisions still need to be made, strategies and plans developed, and we still have to bring together groups for powerful, meaningful collaboration if we are to continue to deliver as best we can through turbulent times…

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New year, new challenges: Ideas to inspire action

March, 2020

At Right Lane, most of our work centres on helping our clients develop and implement better strategies. Because it’s so central to our practice, we try to stay on top of every development in the academic literature and practitioner discourse. We reflect regularly on our project learnings, and we endeavour to harness our own ideas and advance knowledge in the field.
This collection ‘New year, new challenges. Ideas to inspire action’ includes some of our best thinking with regard to resource allocation, team effectiveness, strategy implementation, and getting full value from strategy workshop outcomes.

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Right Lane Review – Commit to taking action

December, 2019

In this edition of the Right Lane Review we are asking you to commit to taking action. Sometimes it feels like we expend all our energy in the thinking and planning, and that the doing falls flat. It takes real commitment to see things through and it is often what is lacking in organisations. This edition focuses on action – frameworks and tools to help you commit to your course of action and see it through to success.

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Strategy Execution: The great ‘business bake-off’

December, 2019

In our experience helping hundreds of organisations with strategy development and execution, we have found that those that adhere to six critical steps (Frame, Align, Cascade, Task, Oversee and Review) avoid the common strategy execution pitfalls. To truly excel at strategy execution however, organisations must go beyond this basic recipe and discover their own ‘Ex-FACTOR’.

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Helping hands promote successful change

December, 2019

The evidence shows that change management efforts frequently go awry. We’ve found that using a mnemonic, the HANDS of change – Hardwiring, Ability, Narrative, Desire and Support – can help our project teams to address what’s required for success. This article explores a case study to show how the helping HANDS of change function in practice.

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Three practices of agile resource allocators

December, 2019

Allocating resources in a more flexible way is a persistent challenge for clients. We consider three practices of agile resource allocators that enable organisations to allocate resources where they are needed, when they are needed.

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After the event: How to get full value from your strategy workshop outcomes

December, 2019

Hard though it is, choreographing a great strategy workshop, with meaningful, compelling outcomes is only half the battle. The other half is doing something with them – committing to a series of interrelated next steps and getting them done. While it’s not hard to justify the dollar investment in your strategy workshop, it is important to get full value from the workshop outcomes.

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Stakeholder engagement: Developing successful business cases for not for profit projects

December, 2019

In recent years, we’ve witnessed an elevation of expectations when it comes to developing business cases for government or not for profits. Business cases require evidence and a coalition of support. At Right Lane, we believe robust stakeholder engagement is the key to getting your project off the ground and for more fruitful collaboration once it is underway.

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