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Strategy Management


What is a Strategy Focused Organization?

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The ultimate prize for all NFL football teams is a Super Bowl win. There is no greater reward for a well planned and executed season. Management, coaches, and players need to be aligned and focused for every game. They also need to be committed to the overall team strategy. Successful teams embrace the strategy focused […]

10 Great Business Strategy Quotes

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

1. “Objectives can be compared to a compass bearing by which a ship navigates. A compass bearing is firm, but in actual navigation, a ship may veer off its course for many miles. Without a compass bearing, a ship would neither find its port nor be able to estimate the time required to get there.” Peter […]

5 Reasons Why Strategy is Important

Monday, November 24th, 2014

When we first started strategic planning work over 20 years ago, a client and good friend said that succeeding in strategy management is hard work. It takes time, resources, and distracts from the urgency of running the day-to-day business. Today we would totally disagree. After working with over 200 clients on a wide range of […]

Is Strategy Execution Worth the Effort?

Thursday, October 16th, 2014

If you are a regular reader of our newsletter it will not be breaking news that execution management is critical in realizing the objectives of your strategy. However, Execution management is a capability and like any skill requires time and investment to master. Therefore, it is not unusual for business owners and CEOs to ask […]

Four Vital Steps to Improve Performance

Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014

What we like most about team sports is the coherence great coaches create when preparing their players for each game. Successful coaches set clear game strategies that capitalize on the collective strengths of all the players. As a result, the coherence between coach and players provides a winning advantage over their competition. Unfortunately, that same […]

10 Guiding Principles to Manage Strategy Successfully

Friday, May 16th, 2014

How often have you wondered why your strategy doesn’t seem to be working?   You might be experiencing slower progress then you expected, or in some areas, you might be experiencing complete inactivity.  Undoubtedly, planning and executing strategy can at times be quite frustrating, and obstacles seem to constantly get in the way of success. Over […]

Business Killer: 3 Villains That Kill Change Initiatives

Monday, April 14th, 2014

Working with our clients to develop and execute strategy, most often there is a need for change, whether a small shift in a new direction or transformational.  This is without question challenging for any organization, and requires a long term commitment to see it through.    Why?  Because people inherently do not like change.  It’s disruptive, […]

Is Strategy Static or Variable?

Monday, January 20th, 2014

In last month’s issue of AlbuonStrategy we discussed three reasons why strategy fails (3 Reasons Strategy Fails).  I would like to follow up on that conversation with a question—is strategy is static or variable.  From our own client experience, we believe there is both confusion and difference of opinion about the answer to this question.   […]

3 Reasons Strategy Fails

Monday, December 16th, 2013

At Albu Consulting, our key message to clients and prospects is “Strategy without execution is useless and Execution without strategy is aimless.”  We believe those words speak for themselves, but let’s look at the facts.  In a recent McKinsey & Co. survey of 197 companies, 97% of leaders believed they had the right strategy, but […]

The Three Cs of Strategy Execution

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

What is one of the most common missing links when it comes to successful strategic planning? Most CEOs we speak to will agree its strategy execution. You can have developed a mediocre plan, and an exceptional execution process will lift that average plan to new heights. Without a solid execution process in place, strategic plans […]