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Tag: Strategy

No Plan Survives The First Contact

November 22, 2017 0 Comments
No Plan Survives The First Contact

Planning: I’m told that Benjamin Franklin said, “Failing to plan is planning to fail.” Planning is critical in order to move an organization toward achievement of the vision. In the same way that a map is not the territory, a business plan is not the way the market is or will be at the time […]

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A Wide Variety of Tastes

June 7, 2017 0 Comments
A Wide Variety of Tastes

The Chef’s Creation Variety is frequently a positive goal to achieve when when doing things such as organizing your life, building an organization, creating a mastermind group or developing a high functioning team. However, sometimes, we can miss the mark. We can over do things. I started thinking about this when my wife made a comment […]

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Grasping at Smoke.

January 7, 2015 0 Comments
Grasping at Smoke.

It’s the vision thing. You know, that BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal). That Yonder Star. Trying to put that feeling, emotion and passion into a short meaningful statement is like grasping at smoke. You can’t ever quite catch it. Yet it is critical to do so to make sure your organization knows why it exists. A long […]

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Corporate Strategy: A Common “Vision” or Strategy is Essential

March 13, 2013
Corporate Strategy: A Common “Vision” or Strategy is Essential

Recently I read on a leadership blog, that the author felt that an overriding corporate strategy is a “fool’s errand.” Freek Vermeulen reasoned that divisions or business units in larger companies often have widely different goals, products, consumers and even “brands.” Therefore, a one-size-fits-all corporate strategy is impossible to implement and could harm the organization. Well, perhaps […]

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Book Review: Road Maps and Revelations by Paul R. Niven

May 29, 2009
Book Review: Road Maps and Revelations by Paul R. Niven

Often I’ve contemplated the old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. In my experience, that statement is true and I’ve also observed that the viewers frequently derive significantly different information from a picture. Some will see simply a scene or in abstract art they will be reminded of vastly different experiences than […]

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Book Review: Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

April 27, 2007
Book Review: Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne

My Vistage Chief Executive Group has decided to give this book a go and discuss its applicability to our businesses. So below are the reviews published on Amazon. From Publishers Weekly Kim and Mauborgne’s blue ocean metaphor elegantly summarizes their vision of the kind of expanding, competitor-free markets that innovative companies can navigate. Unlike “red […]

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Book Review: Strategic Thinking by Bill Birnbaum

May 2, 2004
Book Review: Strategic Thinking by Bill Birnbaum

When I received this book from Mr. Birnbaum, I was immediately excited, intrigued, and impatient to get to the reading. For several years now, I’ve been working with Bill on various projects for the Association of Professional Consultants and I’ve had the pleasure of reading his bi-monthly Newsletter. So I was familiar with his writing […]

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