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    Culture Doesn’t Trump Strategy

    by  • June 10, 2015 • 0 Comments

    In the last 40 years of the 20th century, strategy was the champion of business supremacy. As a critical success factor, strategy turned into a lucrative industry for a host of consulting firms such as McKinsey & Company, and the Boston Consulting Group. Smart strategic thought became the conduit for propelling companies to decades of […]

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    Change is Bad

    by  • April 22, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Okay, so I’m going to start by admitting that my heading was a ‘hook’ to get you into this post. Here’s the deal; the notion that “change is bad” is blasphemy in today’s world of business. In fact, change is one of the most proliferated subjects in blogs, books, and social media chats. I understand why, and so do […]

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    Why Leaders Believe that Tomorrow is a Better Place

    by  • April 13, 2015 • 2 Comments

    g9600_elonB.inddTo every one of us, the future is important. Maybe it’s because the future is where we are going to spend the rest of our lives. Or could it be something more, something about the human spirit that has us looking ahead to a better future for ourselves, our families, and every living thing on the planet. One thing is for sure; you won’t get to a better future without foresight.

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    Kraft-Heinz Merger. Déjà Vu all over Again.

    by  • March 26, 2015 • 0 Comments

    150325082859-kraft-heinz-custom-2Kraft is a rather interesting case in shareholder value. For years management has failed to generate organic growth. So they’ve chosen the easier growth route of acquisitions, mergers, divestments, and more mergers. And through it all, shareholders have been rewarded with lucrative stock gains.

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    What Connects Coca-Cola, Lego, In-N-Out, Intuit, and Nike? Focus.

    by  • March 18, 2015 • 2 Comments

    LegoComplexity has many definitions; excessive complication is the simplest. In today’s business, chronic complexity is stifling, stagnating, and bringing companies to their knees. This is why we hear so much about focus from C-suites and corporate boards. CEOs talk focus all the time and nod to its importance, but few take the necessary measures to cut through complexity and clear a path to clarity and coherence.

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    50 Shades of Decay

    by  • March 7, 2015 • 1 Comment

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    Now that I have your attention, the decay I am actually referring to is the 50 warning signs of corporate decay. Watch out for them in your organization. If you spot four or five, work on resolving them, now. Ten or fifteen mean that you are already in the quicksand. Revival is not too late, but whatever you do . . . remember, the steps you take must be transformational, not incremental. Sick companies are never turned around by doing more of the same, better.

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    Board of Directors Resolution: Pay Attention to Culture

    by  • February 20, 2015 • 0 Comments

    zappos-vector21st Century corporate governance is a busy job. Acting on behalf of shareholders, boards of directors are paying attention to an escalating list of risks and rewards from a firm’s undertakings. Like many activities within any organization, “the squeaky wheels get the grease.” Other than in desperate situations such as ‘turnarounds,’ culture seldom ranks as a pressing matter in the boardroom. That’s a big mistake. 

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    How to Thrive Against Giants

    by  • February 4, 2015 • 0 Comments

    PrintWhen you know that your company will never be the low-cost producer nor will it ever have enough cash to outspend the big cat, there’s no choice but to find other ways to skin that cat. Thousands of small to medium sized businesses are successfully doing this. “How?” you ask. The answer lies within those factors that do not require fat bank accounts. There are far more than you think.

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    How to Create a Personal Brand Strategy Statement

    by  • January 22, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Personal-BrandingBranding has flourished big time—we  have product brands, service brands, country brands, political brands, cause-related brands, even cultural brands. In this post I want to help those of you who are keen to create your personal brand. To do that, you’ll need a brand strategy. The strategy and the positioning for a personal brand isn’t that different from a product or service brand; your intent is to position yourself in the best way possible to achieve the desired objective. To most of you the objective is to advance your career.

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    The Power of Strategic Sacrifice in a Complex World

    by  • January 14, 2015 • 1 Comment

    LargeDo Less Better isn’t the first book on focus, nor will it be the last. But the element that separates this book from the others is the “how” – how one finds focus in a business world that is more complex than ever. All the way from the C-suite’s choice of markets in which to compete to a person’s daily “to do” list, the “how” is the capacity to make tough strategic choices and tough strategic sacrifices.

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    Who Makes Resolutions Come True? YOU

    by  • December 27, 2014 • 0 Comments

    fingerThe approaching New Year invites the contemplation of resolutions. Before setting them, I’d like to suggest that you consider a fundamental question before setting goals and objectives for your personal life and your professional life. The question is this: What’s holding you back? Now, its fair to say that I know nothing of your personal life, but I do know a thing or two about business life, having lived there more years than I care to remember.

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    Why Complexity Sucks

    by  • December 18, 2014 • 1 Comment

    complexityComplexity is in the eye of the beholder. To me, astrophysics is a complex discipline; to Stephen Hawking it is not. People engaged in complex situations fall into two categories: those who accept complexity as a fact of life and work with it, and those who fight it every inch of the way. I’m in that later camp.

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