Albu On Strategy



Lessons from Bill Belichick on Leadership

Friday, March 17th, 2017

Bill Belichick is the NFL’s only head coach to win five Super Bowls.  His coaching journey to achieve this level of success was not always easy, and there are lessons to be learned from Belichick’s experience. Belichick grew up watching his father, who was a fullback for the Detroit Lions and coached at the Naval […]

Why Invest in Employee Engagement?

Tuesday, February 28th, 2017

If you are a frequent reader of AlbuonStrategy, you know the topic of employee engagement is important to us because of the critical role it plays in successful strategy execution. As strategists, we look for trends and research to support our hypotheses. The ongoing research by Gallup on the State of The American Workplace helps to confirm the value […]

Excerpts from Departing Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent

Monday, January 30th, 2017

In May 2017, Muhtar Kent, chairman and CEO of The Coca-Cola Company, will leave the company and hand over leadership to James Quincey.  Fortune Insider published Kent’s statements on leadership that struck a core with us and how Albu Consulting helps leaders establish strategy management as an organizational competency. The following are some excerpts from Muhtar Kent, with […]

What Makes Strategy Happen?

Saturday, December 17th, 2016

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 […]

What is Your Strategic Cadence?

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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 […]

3 Principles to Increase Strategy Execution Capacity

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

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 […]

5 Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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 […]

Are You Measuring What Matters?

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

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 […]

Selling your business? You Need a Strategy!

Sunday, July 17th, 2016

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 […]

Business Killer: Lack of Trust

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

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 […]