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Strategy Management


Plan to Win in Uncertain Times

Thursday, September 16th, 2021

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 […]

Three Bones of Strategy

Sunday, August 15th, 2021

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 […]

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 […]

Time to RETHINK, RELOAD, RESTART Your Strategy

Wednesday, March 17th, 2021

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 […]

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 […]

Out with the OLD, In with the NEW

Wednesday, January 20th, 2021

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 […]

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 […]

5 Reasons the Status Quo is Not Enough

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020

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 […]

Death, Taxes and Strategy

Friday, September 18th, 2020

“Only three things in life are certain: 1) death, 2) taxes, and 3) the fact that today’s strategy won’t work tomorrow.  At some point in the future, your products will become obsolete, your customers’ tastes will change, and technology will render your business model uncompetitive.  Today’s success will be tomorrow’s old news.  The question is […]

Business Killer: Complexity

Wednesday, August 19th, 2020

Creating unnecessary complexity in your company can be a business killer.  It quickly leads to a lack of focus, which in turn leads to lost opportunities.  Understanding what your organization’s true capabilities are and focusing resources to create business value is a basic premise of strategy management.  While most CEO’s understand this basic principle, business […]