Albu On Strategy



Post-Pandemic Strategic Thinking

Wednesday, June 2nd, 2021

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 […]

Strategic Thinking Requires “TLC”

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

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 […]

Tom Brady AKA Chief Strategy Execution Officer

Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

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 […]

Our Top Strategy Management Quotes of 2020

Thursday, December 17th, 2020

This has been a challenging year for all of us and we have learned a great deal about the strength of our organizations, employees, and ourselves.  We are all looking forward to putting the pandemic behind us in 2021 and focus on developing plans for our path forward.  As is our custom each year we […]

Strategic Thinking for a Post-Pandemic Era

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020

It still seems hard to believe what the world, our country, our business community, and our families are going through during this pandemic. Never have any of us experienced anything of this magnitude in our lifetime and hopefully never will again. On the bright side, every crisis has an end and the light at the […]

5 Things to Consider to Survive Disruption

Thursday, March 26th, 2020

We are in a time of uncertainty and disruption that we have never seen before in our lifetimes and hopefully will not experience again.  Business leaders are faced with having to make choices that impact their employees, their families and the survival of their business.  Here are five things to consider as you work your […]

What Are Middle Market Company Top Concerns?

Friday, October 18th, 2019

In a recent Key Bank Business Sentiment Survey by of over 400 business owners and executives of middle market companies, the top concerns were as follows: 31%   Attracting Talent 30%  Healthcare Cost 29%  Increased Competition/Pricing Pressure 29%  Potential Economic Downturn 28%  Trade Agreements/Tariffs  It’s fair to say that these concerns should not be a surprise.  […]

5 Building Blocks to Successful Strategy Execution

Monday, March 18th, 2019

The legendary Alabama football coach Paul “Bear” Bryant retired with 323 wins over 38 seasons.  He was one of the most successful college football coaches, taking 29 teams to bowl games.  He would often say that players on winning teams ask for five things: Tell me what you expect of me Give me an opportunity […]

Business Killer: Accepting the Status Quo

Tuesday, January 15th, 2019

The status quo is defined as the current or existing state of affairs.  To maintain the status quo is to keep things the way they are.  Isn’t that the easier way?  Wouldn’t it be nice if we all could just keep things the way they are and not change? Unfortunately, the world does not work […]

What Does a Strategic Leader Look Like?

Thursday, August 16th, 2018

Strategy tends to take a back seat in the lives of many senior executives. It’s not that they don’t want to be more strategic, rather, they are not sure how. Some feel a few hours a week is enough to be a strategic leader. Others might believe that an annual retreat with key managers is […]