The Same is Not Strategic

March 13, 2019

How often do you find your company doing the same things in the same ways as your competitors? Many managers are trapped in this loop of operational effectiveness: doing the same activities in the same tactical ways as others. A study of 200 companies found that 93 percent of the top 20 percent of performers have a strong form of…

Beware the Fire Driller

February 21, 2019

How many times per week are you and your team taken off course by a fire drill? No, not the kind you remember from school where a bell rings and students are marched outside for 20 minutes until the “all clear,” is given. I’m referring to the office fire drill where someone creates a commotion about an urgent, but unimportant…

Defeating Internal Dysfunction

February 19, 2019

Many leaders spend countless hours worrying about the competition and reacting to their every move. However, a survey of senior executives showed that their biggest barrier to continued profitable growth is internal dysfunction. In this brief video, I’ll share three techniques for helping your team overcome these challenges using strategic thinking, strategic planning and strategic leadership.

Super Bowl Strategy

February 5, 2019

Super Bowl 53 (or LIII for those who still speak fluent Latin) will be remembered as a defensive battle that yielded the fewest total points in Super Bowl history. While the New England Patriots were slight favorites, the Los Angeles Rams boasted a high-octane offense which averaged 32.9 points per game. Unfortunately, they ran into the NFL’s best strategist in…

Do You Have an Invisible Plan?

February 1, 2019

In the novel by H.G. Wells entitled, The Invisible Man, a scientist by the name of Griffin works on a process to become invisible by changing the body so that it neither absorbs nor reflects light. Interestingly, the same phenomenon occurs when a leader does not have a plan. The leader neither absorbsinsights about the business nor reflectson the business…

Can StrategyMan Save Your Plan?

January 15, 2019

Video: StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad book trailer. See what can be learned when a strategy textbook and superhero comic book collide.

Do You Have New Direction for the New Year?

January 10, 2019

“Clarity of direction, which includes describing what we are going after as well as describing what we will not be going after, is exceedingly important at the late stage of a strategic transformation.” Andrew Grove, former CEO, Intel Think back to when you were a kid. Can you recall a time when you got lost? Maybe it was at the…

When is a Strategy Not a Strategy?

January 9, 2019

Much thanks to the folks at the “In Business” magazine for publishing the article entitled, “When is a Strategy Not a Strategy?” as they referenced material from the new business graphic novel, StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan. http://inbusinessphx.com/leadership-management/when-is-a-strategy-not-a-strategy#.XDYgfy3Mx0J 

The Year in Strategy

December 17, 2018

“Friends congratulate me after a quarterly-earnings announcement and say, ‘Good job, great quarter,’ and I’ll say, ‘Thank you, but that quarter was baked three years ago.’ I’m working on a quarter that’ll happen in 2021 right now.”                                               …

StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad

August 20, 2018

Following is an overview of the new graphic novel (superhero comic book collides with strategy text book) StrategyMan vs. The Anti-Strategy Squad: Using Strategic Thinking to Defeat Bad Strategy and Save Your Plan: All over the world, strategies are dying. Thousands of businesses face bankruptcy. People’s jobs are at stake. But what is the nefarious force killing them off? And…