Albu On Strategy

October 2021

What is Your Organization’s Execution Intelligence?

Our clients are all smart.  They understand their respective business inside and out, but occasionally we encounter a very smart executive that lacks XQ.  According to teleseminar guru Alex Mandossian, developing your XQ involves several key points: “Don’t focus on complex solutions or even elegant ones. Sometimes we get too mired in details to see […]

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September 2021

Plan to Win in Uncertain Times

What does it really take to be successful in today’s fast-paced, uncertain, and competitive business environment?  Two important factors: 1) meticulously managing your day-to-day operations, and 2) strategically planning for the future, both short- and long-term.  However, planning often gets shortchanged because of the rigors of managing the day-to-day business.  Orit Gadiesh, Chairman of Bain […]

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August 2021

Three Bones of Strategy

Country music singer Reba McEntire is quoted as saying, “to succeed in life, you need three things: wishbone, backbone and funny bone.”  As in life, in business these three bones can also be guiding principles to developing and executing a successful strategy. A WISHBONE is for a well-defined strategy, providing clear direction to the organization […]

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July 2021

Three Steps to Recalibrate Your Business

We are experiencing a global economic surge due in many ways to the pent-up demand from the pandemic.  Most businesses are in “recalibration” mode.  The US consumer is driving this economic boom and no matter what business you are in, you need to consider changes to your business model and approach to capitalize on this […]

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June 2021

Four Steps to Become More Focused and Successful

Successful team sports are a result of developing unity and structure around teammates.   Successful coaches set clear game strategies that capitalize on the collective strengths of all the players.  As a result, the unity between coach and players provides a winning advantage over their competition.  The same disciplined approach should translate into your organization.  In […]

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June 2021

Post-Pandemic Strategic Thinking

I was reflecting on the challenges that CEO/Owners experienced in 2020 balancing both the pandemic crisis and the day-to-day running of the business.  With all that turbulence, it was probably difficult to pull away from the challenges of the day-to-day.   Now that the country is opening for business, it’s a good time to assess if […]

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April 2021

Strategic Thinking Requires “TLC”

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 strategic thinking, TLC refers to the CEO’s commitment to Time, Leadership and Change.” Let me explain.  Time –Michael Porter, professor at […]

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March 2021

Time to RETHINK, RELOAD, RESTART Your Strategy

As we make our way out of the Covid-19 crisis in 2021, its time to rethink, reload, and restart your business.  Its time to bounce back from adversity.  Its time to balance short-term tactical activities with long-term strategic initiatives.  Its time to capitalize on strengths and invest in future winning capabilities.  Value creation requires strategic […]

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February 2021

Tom Brady AKA Chief Strategy Execution Officer

Over the years we have written a number of articles about sports legends and how strategy played a role in their success. It seems only appropriate after the Super Bowl to refer to our March 2017 article Lessons from Bill Belichick on Leadership. Belichick is the only head coach to win six Super Bowls.  On […]

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January 2021

Out with the OLD, In with the NEW

Happy New Year! You might recognize the title of this month’s article which many of us use to ring in the New Year.  It also has significance for business in the current COVID environment.  In 2020 we saw perennial growth companies post disappointing results as a result of no fault of their own. It is […]

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