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Denise Harrison

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Denise HarrisonAs a successful business catalyst for over 25 years, Denise Harrison has experience ranging from president of a mid-sized financial services firm to president of the research center of a Fortune 500 information services corporation. Denise is mindful of both the long-range implications of strategic decision-making and the short-term implications of effective operations management.

As president of a financial services firm, Denise initiated changes leading to record profitability through the introduction of an innovative one-stage process. This improvement bolstered customer satisfaction because it reduced cycle-time by 60%, significantly increasing customers' cash flow. Denise achieved further enhancements by striking an alliance with IBM, using their technology to gain customers more detailed and more timely information as well as even shorter cycle-times.

Earlier Denise was senior vice president and general manager of two divisions of a large information services company. She significantly increased operation profitability and customer satisfaction by developing a system that monitored and tracked all aspects of the operation. The new system allowed information to flow directly into the customers' databases, reducing both cycle-time and administrative costs for customers. While with this firm, Denise succeeded in several positions including president of the research center, vice president of marketing and vice president of operations. As president of the company's research center, she worked as a member of the senior management team to define the company's international expansion strategy. Implementing this strategy resulted in acquiring a European firm.

Denise's breadth of consulting experience varies from working with manufacturing companies, ranging from specialty chemicals to computers, and with service companies, ranging from banks to software developers. She is the author of numerous articles including: "Innovation - Where to Look for It", "Strategic Planning: Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best" and "Turning Strategy into Action". She is also a co-author of two books: Alignment for Implementation and Elements of Innovation and is the editor of Course and Direction CSSP's strategy newsletter. Her goal is to work with small to mid-size firms, developing strategies that meet rapidly changing market conditions.

Denise graduated from Wellesley College with a B.A. in Economics and a Masters Degree in Business from Columbia University.

Articles

What is your Twenty-Mile March?
What Happens When the Host Country Environment Changes? A Tale of Currency Devaluation You Have Successfully Outsourced - Part Two
What Happens When the Host Country Environment Changes? A Tale of Currency Devaluation You Have Successfully Outsourced - Part One
Are Your Goals Causing Bad Behavior?
Book Review: Value Migration How to Think Several Moves Ahead of the Competition
Setting the Tone from the Top: Safety and Operational Excellence
Sony: Results are in - Sony’s Strategy Results in Record Profit
Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Strategic Planning Efforts Lack a Systematic Approach
Innovation/Opportunities: Short-term vs. Long-term - How do You Decide?
Strategic Planning: A Time for Reflection
Fitbit Focuses on Corporate Clients to Generate Growth
What Went Wrong with Apple Maps? What Can We Learn from these Mistakes?
Are You Preventing Your Company from Growing? How You and Your Leadership Team Could Be Causing Bottlenecks
March to a Different Drummer - Part Four
March to a Different Drummer - Part 3
March to a Different Drummer - Part Two
March to a Different Drummer - Part One
CVS Envisions a Different Future
Strategic Planning: What Did You Learn? How One Company Went Off Course
Lessons Learned: Flint, Michigan
New Year’s Resolutions:  What resolutions have you chosen?
Strategy Bits-Part 4: Your market is shrinking; Can you find a new market for your product/service?
Strategy Bits-Part 3: Market Feedback-Key to Identifying Growth Opportunities
Strategy Bits - Part 2. Innovation: Where to look for it
Strategy Bits - Part 1: Customer Concentration and Market Segment Analysis
Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key - Part 3
Time to Set Goals for 2016 and Beyond: What Can We Learn from VW?
Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key - Part 2
Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization. Two Way Communication is Key - Part 1
Overcoming Strategic Gaps--an Optics Design Case
From Near-Bankruptcy to Market Leadership: LEGO’s Success is All about Childs’ Play
The Importance of Scenarios when Dealing with Uncertainty
Acquisition Candidate Selection
Listening: An Important Skill for Successful Strategic Planning
You are #1 in your Core Markets - Now, How Do You Grow?
Strategic Planning: Are Your Decisions Based on Facts or Opinions?
WD-40 Finds Growth for 50 Year-old Product
Acquisitions: 8 Steps to Success
Game Playing Will Be Important to Sony’s Future Success
Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best
GE Spins off Major Appliance Division - What Can a Small Company Learn from this Divestiture?
Ten Reasons for Strategic Planning How to Make a CEO's Life Easier
What Changes Impact Your Bottom Line? Hint: There Is More To Pricing Than Meets the Eye
Turn Your Threats into Opportunities
Winning Companies Focus on Winning Customers
Playing to Win
Coming In Out of the Rain
When Is It Strategic to Say No to New Business? When can higher volume lead to lower long-term profitability?
Customer relationships: What does this concept have to do with strategy?
Know When to Hold 'em and When to Fold 'em - Knowing when to get out of a core business is key to being successful in the future.
Are you frustrated by the lack of results in your strategic planning efforts?
Strategy: Turning Trash into Treasure
Understand What Differentiates your Company in the Market
Execution: Can You See the Path?
Social Media and Strategic Planning
Close the Gap between Planning and Execution - Monitoring Checklist Keeps Execution on Track
Manufacturing Companies Gain Flexibility through 3-D Printing
Differentiate Your Company - Don't Poke the 800 lb. Gorilla in the Eye!
Lessons Learned: How Good Strategy Can Be Hurt by Poor Execution-Caterpillar Identifies an Attractive Market; but Outcome Hurts Bottom-Line
Lessons Learned: Sony Falls from Market Dominance - Loss of Focus Causes Poor Decision Making
Challenging Old Paradigms and Achieving Success
Strategic Alignment: Why Isn't Everyone on the Same Page?
How do you keep good employees? Hint: It may not be what you think.
Made the “Nifty Fifty” New Product List and Fought to Make a Dime - Lessons Learned in Protecting Intellectual Property and Partnerships
Are You Listening to Your Customers? How Small Changes Produce Market Share Gains
Dare to be Different - How Choosing a Road Less Traveled Allowed Cummins Engine to Outstrip Their Competition
Three Action Plan Mistakes Strategic Planning Teams Make and How to Avoid Them
Do You Really Know Your Strategic Competency? Reassessing Your Strategic Competency May Lead to Significant Growth
Xerox Positions Itself to Succeed in the 21st Century - What You Need to Do to Ensure Your Company Does Not Become Obsolete
Lessons Learned: Japan’s Earthquake and Tsunami Teach Important Lessons
Innovation/Opportunities: Short-term vs. Long-term - How do You Decide?
Strategy Bits
Honest Tea Teaches Coke A Lesson
Mistakes Happened - But Did You Learn From Them?
Lessons Learned: What Can We Learn From Yum Brands’ Success?
Position Your Business for Profitablility
Succession Planning - Important Items to Consider
Are You Really On Track? Mistakes Made in Execution
“What if” Oil and Water Do Not Mix - Lessons from BP
Everyone Knows Execution is Important - So Why Do We Fail to Execute?
Three Keys to Recovery Success:Re-focus Your Efforts to Outperform Your Competition
Success Sows the Seeds of Failure - Toyota’s Complacency Causes Reputation to Crash
Help! My Market Doesn't Need My Product Any More! How to Strategically Position Your Company for Success in the Face of Changing Market Preferences
Lessons Learned from Boeing’s Stumble:Risk assessment is Key to a Successful Strategy
Strategic Planning: When Good Goals Go Bad
Acquisitions: Developing a Successful Integration Process
How Can Smaller Companies Compete and Win?
How Does Strategic Planning Deal with Seismic Changes in an Industry?
Business Survey Results
Use the Recession to Trigger Rejuvenation: Develop a Strategy to Revitalize your Company
Strategic Planning: What is the Board's Role?
Strategic Planning: When Can Goals Be Bad?
Acquisitions: 8 Steps to Success
Acquisition Candidate Selection
Ten Reasons for Strategic Planning How to Make a CEO's Life Easier
WD-40 Finds Growth for 50 year-old Product
When Is It Strategic to Say No to New Business?
Coming in Out of the Rain
Winning Companies Focus on Winning Customers
Turn Your Threats into Opportunities
Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best
You are #1 in your Core Markets - Now, How Do You Grow?
Turn Your Threats into Opportunities
If you can't Beat 'em Join 'em. Working with/in China
You Have Successfully Outsourced
Lessons Learned in Aligning an Organization: Two Way Communication is Key
Strategy Bits
Innovation -- Where to Look for It
Strategic Planning: Sometimes a Road Less Traveled is Best
Recession! Recovery? Risks and Uncertainty
Economic Commentary
March to a Different Drummer
Global Ties Buoy International Trade
Emerging Trends as the Economy Turns the Corner
Terrorist Attacks: The Aftermath
Innovation/Opportunities: Short-term vs. Long-term - How doYou Decide?
Don't Disrespect the Tulip
Hard Land, Soft Landing - What will the impact be on the rest of the world?
The New Economy: What is it? How will it impact my business?
US Slow-down; International Recovery
Opportunities Abroad, Challenges with the Economy
The New Economy: What Is It?
Can Low Inflation and Strong Growth Continue in the US?
Growth & Prosperity: Productivity & Demographic Factors
Turbulent Times: The Global Economy
Weathering Uneven Economic Growth
Storm Clouds Looming?

Denise A. Harrison

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