Strategic Thinking in the 21st Century (Part 2 of 2)

November 29, 2010

I had the privilege of speaking with Jim Blasingame on his Forbes.com program called “The Small Business Advocate” about a range of strategic thinking topics. Click “Listen Now” to hear our conversation. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the Small Business Advocate show

Strategic Thinking in the 21st Century (Part 1 of 2)

November 24, 2010

I had the privilege of speaking with Jim Blasingame on his Forbes.com program called “The Small Business Advocate” about a range of strategy topics. Click “Listen Now” to hear our conversation. Find interviews with Small Business experts on the Small Business Advocate show.

Frankenstrategy

October 29, 2010

As the cool, white fog covers the ground on Halloween, beware the creatures lurking in the shadows of your company’s hallways. Nestled amongst the darkened offices is a single light, perhaps a candlelight, continuing to burn deep into the night. And there in that laboratory of an office, rising from the PowerPoint slides of Hell comes a creature pieced together…

CEO = Chief Strategic Thinker

October 12, 2010

In the past week, two new CEOs have been appointed to premier companies. The one thing their appointments have in common: they key characteristic used to describe them or their predecessor was “strategic thinker.” H-P brought in Leo Apotheker to take the place of Mark Hurd, who resigned this summer for not having a sexual relationship with a former marketing…

Strategy and Tactics

October 4, 2010

The two terms “strategy” and “tactics” are misused, confused and abused in many different ways. The difference between strategy and tactics is often described as “strategy is long-term and tactics are short-term.” While the two terms may adopt these characteristics at certain times, this is an inaccurate and incomplete way of explaining their meanings. Strategy and tactics are both how…

In Data We Trust

September 20, 2010

Real-time data is becoming more common in a variety of areas, which has the potential to significantly impact the way we do business. This past week, I had the opportunity to chat with Matt Egan, writer for FoxBusiness.com, on a story he wrote entitled, “NFL Tackles Real-Time Sales Data.” The article describes a new technology just implemented by the New York…

The Power of No

September 3, 2010

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Fail Your Way to…Failure

August 24, 2010

There’s growing support for the “fail fast” mantra as a means to ultimate success. In the most current edition of Businessweek, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz encapsulates this philosophy in her guest editorial. She says, “My motto is ‘fail fast forward.’ You can fail, just do it fast and move forward. I think people get better when they fail.” Certainly, we…

The Art of Strategy

August 10, 2010

British artist Damien Hirst has his fans and his critics. What can’t be argued is his ability to differentiate himself and his work through a well-conceived strategy that has jolted the business world of art. While his art works such as “The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living,” featuring a shark in a tank of formaldehyde,…

Rattling the Competitive Cage

August 3, 2010

Feel like you’re trapped in a cage with your competitors? Too close for comfort? Clawing at each other day in and day out? Inevitable? Hardly. But you’re not alone. In 1934, Moscow University professor G. F. Gause published the results of a landmark study. He placed small animals in a bottle with an ample amount of food. If the animals…