Albu On Strategy



What Makes Implementation so Challenging?

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

What Makes Implementation So Challenging? Strategy Management, the discipline of designing a robust strategy and establishing a continuous and predictable process to manage implementation over the long-term requires commitment and patient persistence from leadership to employees.  In over 20 years working with clients, we have experienced all kinds of challenges, particularly around implementation.  In today’s […]

Five Disciplines of Successful Strategy Management

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Five Disciplines of Successful Strategy Management Research by Harvard Business School professors Norton and Kaplan in their book The Execution Premium found that 70% of companies fail to achieve the full value of their strategic plan.  A more recent Brightline surrey carried out in partnership with the Economist Intelligence Unit found that 53% of executive […]

Ten Great Strategy Management Quotes

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

As is our custom this time of year, we offer you our top ten strategy quotes for you to reflect on.  We wish you all a healthy and prosperous New Year!  1. “Strategy management is not a box of tricks or a bundle of techniques.  It is analytical thinking and commitment of resources to action.” Peter […]

Business Killer: Lack of Accountability

Friday, November 24th, 2017

Business Killer: Lack of Accountability The Webster dictionary defines Accountability as “an obligation or willingness (of an individual) to accept responsibility.” Holding oneself accountable is an important core value of many companies.  Unfortunately, to some individuals there are negative connotations to accountability, such as, “my boss is looking over my shoulder” or, “she will lay […]

Why Bother with Strategy?

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Mike Freedman, author of The Art and Discipline of Strategic Leadership defined strategy as the “cause of the nature and direction of an organization, and the framework for making business decisions.” Simply put, strategy defines the organization’s “rules of engagement,” and provides guidance on the choices you select: Which products and services you will offer (or […]

Book Review: The Five Most Important Questions…You will ever ask about your organization

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

The Five Most Important Questions is based on a book written and published by Peter Drucker in 1993.  The objective of Drucker’s original book was to provide non-profit organizations guidance to self-assess their performance.  This edition published in 2008 was updated and enhanced by the Leader to Leader Institute in cooperation with six of the […]

Business Killer: Complacency

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

Business Killer: Complacency Are you always striving to stay ahead of your competitors? Are you confident you have a strategy that will take you to a higher level, year after year? Or have you let complacency overwhelm your organization?  Whether you have a thriving business experiencing double-digit growth, or struggling to achieve your goals, one […]

Winners Plan…and Planners Win!

Friday, July 14th, 2017

What does it really take to be successful in today’s fast-paced, competitive business environment? Two important factors are, 1) meticulously managing your day-to-day operations, and 2) planning strategically for the future, both short- and long-term. However, strategy management often gets short changed because of the rigors of managing the day-to-day business. In this post, we […]

When is it Ever a Good Time to Examine Your Strategy?

Friday, June 30th, 2017

When I ask business owners if now is the right time to examine their strategy, most often I get a range of reasons why the time is just not right.  As you can imagine, with over 23 years as strategy management consultants, we’ve heard plenty of reasons: “We have too much going on right now, […]

Strategy Requires “TLC”

Monday, May 1st, 2017

TLC is commonly recognized as “Tender Loving Care,” and while it certainly applies to the CEO’s essential emotional commitment to the company, I like to define this acronym differently. As it relates to successful strategy management, TLC refers to the CEO’s commitment to “Time, Leadership and Change.” Let me explain. Time – Committing quality time to the strategy process […]