Albu On Strategy

December 2016

What Makes Strategy Happen?

What better way to end the year than with an article about Making Strategy Happen?  In this newsletter, I want to reference a great article by Bain & Company entitled Strategic Planning that Produces Real Strategy: Is your planning process a competitive weapon or a waste of time?  It hit home for us because it […]

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November 2016

What is Your Strategic Cadence?

Strategy management is a holistic approach to managing any company.  It is a discipline that requires energy, patience and persistence to develop the right organizational habits that help make strategy management an integrated part of how you manage your business.  Unfortunately, for many, strategy development and execution is an ad-hoc and choppy process often left […]

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October 2016

3 Principles to Increase Strategy Execution Capacity

Does this sound familiar to you?  You’ve held your strategy meeting with your management team, identified key strategic initiatives, assigned responsibilities and you were off and running.  Everyone was on board and excited leaving the meeting, or so it seemed.  What’s happening?  Why are we not making any progress against these initiatives that are so […]

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September 2016

5 Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

5 Reasons Strategic Plans Fail Why do so many strategies fail?  Why is it that 80% of companies fail to achieve the full value of their strategic plan? What are the missteps that lead to a failed strategy?  Over twenty-three years in business, our experiences have given us a unique perspective on these challenges, which […]

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August 2016

Are You Measuring What Matters?

Running a business today in the global economy has become more complex and competitive.  We find that because of this increasingly challenging environment, running the day-to-day business can become overwhelming.  In our experience, actively managing your strategy is a first step to clarify and focus decision making, and make the complex more manageable. A critical […]

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July 2016

Selling your business? You Need a Strategy!

We recently attended a meeting with a panel of esteemed professional advisers speaking to the critical steps leading up to exiting your business.   They spoke about the importance of quality of earnings, revenue growth, operating margin, cash flow and diversity of customer base as key measures to maximize value.   While these measures are important in […]

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June 2016

Business Killer: Lack of Trust

As an authorized partner of the Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, T-R-U-S-T is the most important five letter word in business and the foundational behavior to creating a cohesive strategy team. As explained by Patrick Lencioni, author of The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, “When team members are genuinely transparent and honest with one […]

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April 2016

Is Your Strategy Always Right? Lessons Learned from Jordon Spieth’s Caddie

Is Your Strategy Always Right? Lessons Learned from Jordan Spieth The headlines to this year’s Masters was Jordan Spieth’s “car crash” on Augusta National’s signature hole #12 after leading the tournament for the previous 65 holes. Spieth shot a quadruple bogey to lose his lead and the tournament in the final round at the Masters. […]

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March 2016

Book Review: The Five Dysfunctions of a Team

Book Review – The Five Dysfunctions of a Team “After her first two weeks observing the problems at Decision Tech, Kathryn Petersen, its new CEO, had more than a few moments when she wondered if she should have taken the job.” And so begins the story of a technology company struggling to grow and find […]

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February 2016

How to Strategically Navigate the New Economic Normal?

One of the most confusing things about our current economic times is the complexity of it all. Wage growth is anemic, yet corporations are flush with cash. Interest rates are historically low, yet business investments are lagging. Market volatility is as severe as it has ever been creating uncertainty, and economic growth is slow. We […]

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