The Secret Powers of Strategyman

Bad strategy beware: there’s a new superhero in town. Read the first three pages of the first ever business strategy comic book, “The Secret Powers of Strategyman.” To read the entire comic book and take the “Are You Strategic?” quiz, go to “Rich Horwath’s Files” and download “Strategyman Comic Book” at

Is your group strategic?

1. Does everyone in your company have the same definition of strategy? Yes | No 2. Do people understand the difference between goals, objectives, strategies and tactics? Yes | No 3. Have the different groups in the organization clearly defined their goals and shared them with others? Yes | No 4. Do you clearly communicate your product/service … Continue reading Is your group strategic?

Best Practice Isn’t Strategy

The term “best practice” is a misleading one. “Best” is too often perceived as a universal. The reality is that an organization’s success and/or failure is determined by a number of factors, including the current context, competitive landscape, customer value drivers, internal culture and so on. So when we use the concept of best practice … Continue reading Best Practice Isn’t Strategy

Those headwinds, they are a blow’in

Good people of the business world, take cover! No, it’s not a tsunami, or hurricane or even a tropical storm. It’s the new scapegoat: headwinds. In a Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Sprint Loses More Customers,” Sprint Nextel CFO Joseph Euteneuer said, “We faced a number of competitive headwinds that became more pronounced in the … Continue reading Those headwinds, they are a blow’in

Strategy Pizza

When you’re trying to do too much at work, it’s like a Strategy Pizza with everything. Imagine eating a pizza with 25 toppings – sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, anchovies, peppers, spinach, bacon, ham, pineapple, onion rings, potato skins – wow, I’m getting hungry just thinking about that. BUT it’s too much – it’s messy, it tastes … Continue reading Strategy Pizza