Snuff out SWOT – Forever

The more strategy development work I do with organizations, the more I’m becoming aware of a prevalent pattern, a pattern which I find counterproductive, even detrimental. It concerns the starting point for their strategy work: in nearly every case, they begin with convergent thinking, the polar opposite of divergent thinking, which I believe is the kind of thinking true strategy ...

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This Is How Your Business Will Be Disrupted

Disruption Ahead

The principles of running a business are fairly straightforward. You create clear objectives, achieve them efficiently and try to get better as you go. Business school professors have fancy names for this stuff, like “strategic DNA,” “core competencies” and “continuous improvement,” but in a nutshell all that stuff means is that you try to do things better, faster and cheaper. The ...

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4 Timeless Books to Help You Put a Dent in the World

These books provide a roadmap and a compass that will forever change the way you look at entrepreneurism, innovation, marketing, and change. Some people learn entrepreneurship from their family business; others learn it by studying entrepreneurship in school. I did neither. Instead, I was enrolled in the “learn while you burn” program of entrepreneurship. When my partner and I started ...

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The Innovation Moai Test

The Innovation Moai Test - Innovation Excellence

From an innovation standpoint, any innovator would be glad to find out that one’s creation continued to amaze future generations for hundreds of years. Yet I was struck by another analogy for innovation and the moai that could be relevant for modern practitioners.

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Strategy versus Execution – a Meaningless Distinction

Strategy versus Execution - a Meaningless Distinction

Over at HBR blogs, there is a wonderful debate on the subject of strategy between Roger Martin, who authored the post Stop Distinguishing Between Strategy and Execution, and Don Sull, an MIT scholar who believes there’s a meaningful distinction between strategy and execution. Normally, I don’t bother looking at comments to blogs because in today’s social media-driven world they generally ...

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Telling Compelling Stories

Telling Compelling Stories

This is another excerpt from 2016’s FEI conference in Boston, MA.  This one comes from William Greenwald, Founder and Chief Neuroleaderologist at Windsor Leadership Group. He began with a story. This one was about air travel. Something happens. The plane makes an odd noise, then nose dives. “What am I’m going to do?” echoed in his head. The captain chimed ...

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