Ralphie and the Strategic Approach



Regular readers will know that each December I look to a classic Christmas movie to inspire a seasonal instalment. Past articles have featured, It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol and Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer to name just three. This year I turn my attention to a more modern day classic, A Christmas Story.

The movie tells the story of Ralphie Parker, a nine year old boy in pursuit of a Red Rider Carbine Action 200-Shot Range Model Air Rifle. Its a favourite in the Gaynor household. So where’s the link to leadership? We’re going to use this movie to illustrate a strategic approach to achievement.

All good strategy starts with a clear objective. Ralph has one, he wants that air rifle under the tree on Christmas morning.

Next he must assess his current situation. Young Ralphie does this well. He knows he has one big obstacle to overcome…

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Author: lizstincelli

I am Liz Stincelli and I am passionate about recognizing, inspiring, and igniting the leader in each of us. I am the Founder of Stincelli Advisors where I specialize in helping management teams learn new ways of looking at problems and finding new approaches to discovering solutions. I hold a Doctor of Management degree with an emphasis on organizational leadership. I offer 20+ years of pro-active operations management, problem-solving, team-building, human resources, accounting, and business administration experience in a variety of industries. I serve on the Editorial Review Board for the Independent Journal of Management and Production and the Journal of Managerial Psychology. I have also been a guest lecturer at the Bill and Vieve Gore School of Business Westminster College. You can learn more about me by reading my blog here at: www.stincelliadvisors.com or www.engagenow.me. Connect with me on Twitter @infinitestin, google.com/+ElizabethStincelli on Google+, and https://www.linkedin.com/in/lizstincelli on LinkedIn. You can contact me by email at stincelliadvisors@gmail.com.

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