A History of Strategy Timeline

March 15, 2013

In their text book, Strategy in the 21st Century, DePaul University professor Earl Young and Randall Rollins visually describe the history of strategy in a timeline format. I’m honored and humbled to be included for my work in the field of strategic thinking alongside thought leaders such as Michael Porter, Peter Drucker, Jim Collins and Jack Welch. Download PDF

IT Without Strategy is a Hobby

March 6, 2013

A recent study published in CIO Magazine of 650 senior IT leaders asked what their top talent-management issues centered around. Three of the top four involved strategic thinking. Here is the list: 1. Cultivating strategic thinking 2. Finding or developing technical skills 3. Finding or developing more business insight 4. Converting technologists to strategists The title of the study “In Search…

Strategy Spring Training: Part 2

February 21, 2013

2. Barometer. Imagine the following: you make an appointment to see your doctor after several weeks of worsening cold and flu symptoms. The doctor finally enters the exam room and you exchange a few pleasantries. However, she doesn’t ask you any questions or take any tests. She writes a prescription, hands it to you, and leaves. You’d think this was nuts,…

Strategy Spring Training: Part 1

February 19, 2013

Major League Baseball’s annual spring training means the welcoming back of warmer weather, the smell of freshly mown grass and another year of the Chicago Cubs not winning the World Series. Men making millions of dollars a year, the best in the world, invest approximately six weeks to refresh on the basic skills of the game. When is the last…

Will You Be Lunch?

February 6, 2013

Business strategy is defined as the intelligent allocation of limited resources through a unique system of activities to outperform the competition in serving customers. Nestled in the middle of the definition, this idea of differentiation is perhaps the most overlooked tenet of strategy. Differentiation for competitive advantage in business has its roots in science. In 1934, Moscow University professor G….

Escaping the Check-the-Box Process

January 29, 2013

“The problem is that at a lot of big companies, process becomes a substitute for thinking.” Elon Musk, Co-Founder of Tesla Motors and PayPal “Help Wanted: Looking for a Professional Template Filler-Outer. Lots of experience required. Good pay. No thinking necessary.” While the job posting is imaginary, the job itself is not. In organizations around the world, millions of hours are spent…