Strategy Insanity

“Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  Albert Einstein, Really Smart Guy The close of the year provides that one precious opportunity to look back before looking forward. It’s a time to reflect on what we did this past year. Was it much different than the year before? … Continue reading Strategy Insanity

The Three Roadblocks to Strategy

The business you lead is built on an idea. In the turbulent current of daily work filled with product specifications, customer projects, internal meetings and hundreds of other items, it’s easy to lose sight of the idea. The idea started in someone’s mind, maybe even yours. Over the years, the idea transformed into offerings in … Continue reading The Three Roadblocks to Strategy

The Strategic Use of Time

“Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.” Carl Sandburg, Pulitzer-prize winning writer As one’s leadership responsibilities increase, their disposable time can decrease proportionately. More meetings, more email–seemingly … Continue reading The Strategic Use of Time

The Heart of Strategy

Let’s start with the following multiple-choice question and please select one answer: Successful business strategy is about: a. Creating differentiated value b. Being better than the competition c. Having the “right people on the bus” d. Growing the business Try asking this question at your next internal meeting. If everyone on your team picks just one answer … Continue reading The Heart of Strategy

Strategy Camp

As a young boy, all my friends went to a beautiful wooded summer camp where they swam, shot arrows and frolicked. Being highly allergic to frolic, I was sent to strategy camp instead. One night around a bonfire roasting spinach and tofu on sticks, the strategist-in-training camp counselor wearing a tan short-sleeved dress shirt, plaid shorts, black socks … Continue reading Strategy Camp

Different vs. Better

In a world where people strive to be the best at what they do, we often lose sight of the fact that there is no “best” when it comes to products and services. There is no best car. There is no best restaurant. There is no best hotel. The concept of “best” or “better” is … Continue reading Different vs. Better