Has Innovation eaten Strategy for Lunch?

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Culture eats Strategy for Breakfast

Peter Drucker

I am sure you are familiar with this quotation attributed to Peter Drucker the famous management consultant. This statement reminds us that unless the culture of your organisation is ready for change then your strategy, however good it is, will fail. In these troubled times of COVID-19 I would ask the question “Has Innovation eaten Strategy for lunch?”.

A Strategic Plan is typically a document that defines the direction of your organisation and covers a 1-3-year period. Plans are great when times are normal and you can predict most external factors but it is highly likely that the lockdown situation has significantly disrupted your strategic plans and unless you are a clairvoyant your strategic plan did not anticipate such a level of disruption to your business operations. As your teams are dispersed, or even furloughed  staff, organisations have paused many strategic projects while they get their heads around trying what they can do as an organisation to survive and how they can provide a workable operating environment that can be managed by a dispersed team.

Your organisations mission statement and underlying business purpose probably remain the same as they were when you developed your Strategic Plan but how can you develop a new strategic plan when the rules of engagement are now so vague and undefined? How can you live with the ambiguity the world has thrust upon your organisation? This is not an easy question to consider with the biggest concern on your mind probably being survival. The key to surviving will be flexibility, agility and innovation., 


The term ‘Agile’ as a set of values and principles has been a popular way to quickly develop products while minimising waste. Agility can be defined as continually adapting and making improvements to the way you work. Does this sound familiar to your new operating world as a result of the Lockdown we are currently living through?  How can you develop a robust agile set of business processes using minimal technology without investing an arm and a leg in an expensive large-scale computer system? The answer maybe a lot easier than you think.

computer mouse and keyboard

Did you know that if you have invested in Microsoft 365 for your Office solution you already have the core platform for agility and flexibility.

      • A central document store (SharePoint)
      • An out of the box corporate news intranet (SharePoint News)
      • A team collaboration & video conferencing tool (Teams)
      • An electronic form system (Forms)
      • A workflow tool (Power Automate)
      • A tool to share documents with suppliers (OneDrive)
      • An electronic Kanban planner board (Planner)
      • A shared whiteboard for brainstorming meetings (Whiteboard)
      • A mobile device data collection toolkit (Power Apps)

All these things are highly likely to be part of your Microsoft 365 subscription, work on virtually any device including all mobile phones and are probably not being used by your organisation to anywhere near their potential.

The world is highly unlikely to return to the way it was anytime soon. Now is the time to innovate, be agile and review your business processes to survive. If your staff are furloughed they can still undertake training programmes helping to ensure they are better prepared once they return to work.

Do you want to spend the next month re-writing your business strategy or implement innovation throughout your business operations with tools you already have? 

If you would like to know more about how to innovate using your investment in Microsoft 365 give us a call on 01670 613755 or email us at info@the365key.co.uk for a no obligation consultation.

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Staying safe online – Windows updates and Antivirus

Computers can catch a virus too and criminals are on the attack!

While the world is in lock down trying to prevent of the COVID-19 virus sadly criminals are using this to their advantage and targeting people working from home to gain access to their computers and potentially their company networks. To protect against these attacks there are few simple things that can be done to ensure your computer is protected. These steps will depend on how your computer is managed.

One of the most important things you should NEVER do is email a document to your home email, edit it, then send it back to work. This is how a larger proportion of ransomware attacks start.

My company remotely manages my computer

In this circumstance you should follow the recommendations from your ICT department to ensure your computer is up to date. Never postpone updates to Windows or your anti-virus software if you see a prompt to do this. It is likely that your company will implement something known as ‘patch management’ and in that solution they will activate an update on your computer remotely so always ensure it connects to the company network on a regular basis.

I manage my own computer and use software to connect to my company

This means you are responsible for keeping your computer up to date and you have an antivirus application installed.

Windows 10

On a Windows 10 computer follow these steps to ensure your computer is up to date at least once a week.

Windows 10 Setup Cog: Preventing Cybercrime
Press the windows key and then click the cog symbol
In the windows settings search box type ‘Windows Update’
FInally click check for updates and follow any prompts.

If you are using the built in Windows Security system this will automatically update your antivirus solution., if not you need to follow the instructions provided by your Antivirus provider.

Every now and then you should run a quick scan using the button shown below if you are using the built in Windows 10 security system.

That is all you need to do. There are many other things you need to be aware of including AdWare, Phishing etc but these two simple steps will ensure your computer is protected against most virus attacks.

Apple Macintosh

There are very few viruses or malware for Apple Macintosh computers. However they can store files or emails that contain PC viruses and if you share this data with a PC device it can infect them. Good practice is to always install an antivirus checker on a Macintosh computer and always download applications from the Apple application store and not websites.

Staying safe online and preventing cyber crime is simple to do providing you follow a few simple steps.

Check out part 1 of this two part series by clicking the link below:

For more information on how to secure enterprise systems check out the recent articles from our friends at TruStack by clicking below:

Stay Safe – Stay Home – Stay Digitally safe

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Staying digitally safe online – Phishing Attacks

It is particularly important to be vigilant and watch out for cyber crime as we all get used to working from home. Watch our short video for some tips on how to safe while working from home.

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