Idiocy in the Ivy

November 25, 2009

When it comes to strategy, the world of sports provides plenty of examples of what not to do. Case in point: the Harvard-Yale football game last weekend. Harvard prevailed 14-10 due to one of the biggest strategic blunders in the history of sports. Leading the game 10-7 with only 2:25 left, Yale’s first-year coach Tom Williams decided not to punt…

The Future is Now…Almost

November 16, 2009

I had the opportunity to provide a ten-minute presentation on strategic thinking at FutureForum 2010, which was moderated by Michael Arndt, editor of BusinessWeek’s innovation and design coverage. I was joined by several other authors on the panel, including Scott Davis, author of The Shift and Bridget Brennan, author of Why She Buys. Scott and Bridget both brought some excellent…

Diving Deep

November 12, 2009

A recent article in Forbes Magazine by Lee Gomes said that a more effective form of innovation than disruption is to do a Deep Dive. Since this also happens to be the title of my new book on strategic thinking (Deep Dive: The Proven Method for Building Strategy, Focusing Your Resources and Taking Smart Action), I decided to investigate further….

The Holy Grail: Competitive Advantage

November 3, 2009

What is your competitive advantage? If you’re not able to answer this question, there’s a good chance you don’t have one. And if you don’t have one, there’s the distinct possibility that your company won’t be around much longer. We can break competitive advantage into three areas, starting with your capabilities. What are your key resources, assets and core competencies?…