Feed Your Business

February 4, 2016

For those of you with pets, here’s an experiment. Try feeding them just once this year. Before you call PETA, hear me out. Our yellow lab “Breeze” moves into the kitchen around dinner time and lays her head down, perfectly portraying the pity of a dog needing her food. And each night right around 6 p.m., she gets her food….

Strategic Thinker or Strategyless?

April 27, 2011

Here’s a quick quiz you can share with folks in your group to see how strategic people are (answers follow the quiz): 1. At the heart of business strategy is: A. The intelligent allocation of limited resources. B. Distributing resources across all potential growth opportunities. C. Working to be better and faster than the competition. 2. Successful business strategy is about: A. Being…

Business Halftime: Adjustment #3

July 27, 2010

Halftime Adjustment #3: Decisions Once a football coach has assessed the current context, evaluated the success and impact of behaviors, they must then make decisions for the second half. Do I stay with the starting quarterback or switch to the backup? Should we change the defensive scheme to put more bodies on the line and force them to throw the…

So What Exactly is Strategy?

September 24, 2009

I’ve heard a number of clever academicians say that strategy can’t be defined, it can only be studied on a case by case basis after the fact. Bull. I define strategy as the intelligent allocation of limited resources through a unique system of activities to outperform the competition in serving customers. No, I didn’t get this from a Dilbert cartoon….