Gotcha! The Strategic Thinking Traps

“A smooth sea never made a skillful mariner, neither do uninterrupted prosperity and success qualify for usefulness and happiness. The storms of adversity, like those of the ocean, rouse the faculties, and excite the invention, prudence, skill and fortitude of the voyager.” —Thomas L. Haines, author Even the best-intentioned strategists are occasionally caught up in … Continue reading Gotcha! The Strategic Thinking Traps

It’s Lonely At the Top

If strategy were a physical summit in your company, business unit or functional area, would you be the only one standing at the top? For many leaders, the depressing answer is ‘yes.’ While you may have built a mountain of expertise shaped by strategic insights, the great leaders are the ones who help the rest … Continue reading It’s Lonely At the Top

Like the back of my…

Please complete the following ten sentences about your spouse, partner or significant other: The first time we met, they wore… Their favorite flavor of birthday cake is…. The name of the high school they attended is… If the vacation options were a sandy beach, a snowy mountain or visiting a foreign country, they’d prefer… When … Continue reading Like the back of my…

Are You Strategic?

“I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.” Woody Allen, Writer, Director & Actor Until now, looking into someone’s soul is about the only way we’ve had to guess at whether or not someone is “strategic.” When the question “Are … Continue reading Are You Strategic?

Devo Differentiates It Good!

If you’ve ever dreamt of men wearing red flower pots on their heads, you’ve probably seen a Devo video. Harken back to 1980 and their hit “Whip It,” and you can see and hear why they stood out from the crowd. Fast forward to present day and they’re still standing out, sans flower pots. In … Continue reading Devo Differentiates It Good!

The “Other” Strategists

When it comes to developing business strategy, we often leave that up to the business people. But what about the “others?” You know, the folks in technical areas critical to an organization’s success. These are the people with expertise in areas such as research & development, clinical development and information technology. Do they need to … Continue reading The “Other” Strategists

Crimes Against Strategy

Prosecutor: “Your honor, ladies and gentlemen of the jury. Today we’ll prove that the defendant did knowingly and willfully kill his business strategy in what can only be described as a complete and utter disregard for human intelligence. On the morning of June 7th, 2010, where exactly was your business sense?” Defendant: “Hmmm…we had just … Continue reading Crimes Against Strategy