Author Archives: Matthew E May

Strategy’s Magic Question

Your grand strategy seems airtight on paper. You've arrived at a winning aspiration. You've honed in on an open and attractive segment in which to play. You've identified the competitive advantages that will enable you to win in your chosen spaces. You've got the capabilities and systems to support your choices. But as the saying goes, no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy.

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Getting Unstuck

Everyone, in any endeavor, gets stuck at some point. All of a sudden, or so it seems, things aren't going right. Or even going anywhere. Writers get writer's block. Athletes suffer from losing streaks. Running a business is no different. What was working well yesterday isn't working today.

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Testing Headwinds of Change

Every year, millions of people “resolve” to lose weight. It’s the number one goal set each January 1. And by about this time each year, it’s the most abandoned one. There are dozens of theories about why that might be, but the explanation I like most is that our optimism tends to overpower any thought of contingency planning.

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