October 18, 2011 – Out of the Box Networking Strategies Seminar

Join Robby Slaughter of Slaughter Development from 7:00 – 9:00pm on October 18, 2011 for “Out of the Box Networking Strategies Seminar” event. Robby indicates this is especially beneficial for those of you who find yourselves looking for that next exciting career opportunity.

Event flyer is attached.


Tactics & Strategy – Tricky To Keep Balanced

I saw a “tweet” today asking Robby Slaughter of Slaughter Development to define tactics and strategy. This is a topic that’s near and dear to Creo Quality.

Robby responded with an article on the topic “Choosing Tactics or Strategy”.  Here are a couple excerpts:

A successful organization needs both a grand plan and everyday victories. Yet, if an employee is struggling to complete all of their work or is mired by inefficient procedures or policies, listening to the CEO talk vaguely about his dreams for the company will probably demoralize rather than inspire. Thinking big is important, but a sweeping vision will never materialize if everyday tasks are not done quickly and correctly.

Sometimes companies do need a strategic plan with broad objectives and targets measured in years and major initiatives; however before an organization can think big, it must be able to successfully achieve small tasks completely and efficiently. Large sweeping changes will flounder and likely fail if the everyday details are not in order. An emphasis on tactics—and especially on empowering individuals to take charge of their workflow—not only increases productivity, but helps build stakeholder satisfaction.

Robby is correct, except it should be “tactics and strategy” not “tactics or strategy”. In my experience, there are too many tactics and not enough strategy. Why is this the case? My suspicion is one of two things:

  • Executive leadership defines a vision so grandiose and vague that it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to execute. Basically, big strategy with little regard to tactics.
  • Executive leadership believes they are being strategic but really are purely tactical.

Dream big. Have those BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals). But be sure to come down closer to Earth to develop a sound strategic plan and then execute with tactics that are within your team’s capabilities.


Strategy – Core directional choices that will best move you toward your hoped-for future

Tactics – Specific actions that will best implement your strategies.

If you are still stuck, contact Slaughter Development to help you with tactical plans and contact Creo Quality to help with strategic plans.

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How NOT to Make New Year’s Resolutions at Work

Slaughter Development’s 2010 Productivity Series are scheduled. The first session will take place January 6, 2010 at 2pm. The topic:

“How NOT to Make New Year’s Resolutions at Work”

If you are interested in attending, leave a comment about how you plan to be more productive, more efficient, more effective, and/or more satisfied at work at work in 2010. The first 3 people to leave a comment will receive a special discount price. So get those comments in today. Seats are going fast.

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October 30, 2009 – Robby Slaughter on Making Social Media Productive

Making Social Media Productive

Robby Slaughter will be presenting a 90-minute session on “Making Social Media Productive” as part of Rainmaker University from 12:30-2PM. If you’re struggling to see the value in Facebook, blogging, Twitter, LinkedIn and wondering how to be more productive with these tools, please come!

You MUST REGISTER at: http://rainuniversity.com/register-now/.

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October 29, 2009 – Robby Slaughter on Time Management

Time Management

Robby Slaughter will be participating in the IWST’s panel on “Time Management”. It’s at the Nora library (86th & Guilford) at 6:30 PM.

No RSVP needed, just show up! More details at: http://www.iwst2009.com/calendar.html

October 7, 2009 – Robby Slaughter on “Business Process Modeling”

Business Process Modeling

Robby Slaughter will be speaking to the Professional Alliance Board at 6:00PM on Business Process Modeling. If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about methodology engineering and workflow, this is your chance! The event is at George’s Neighborhood Grill, on the southeast corner of Binford and 71st.

Space is limited for this event, so PLEASE EMAIL ROBBY to indicate that you will be able to attend.

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