February 9, 2016
Robert BradfordWhat threats have you identified in your business? Are these strategic? What changes in technology, distribution and marketing might effect your business? Can you change these threats into opportunities? Please comment on our blog.


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Which threats are truly strategic - and which threats contain the best opportunities?

By Robert Bradford

Robert BradfordIn the thousands of strategic planning meetings we've conducted, we've run into a fair amount of threats. Interestingly, some of those threats - even those deemed extremely unlikely - have come to pass with some clients. One unlikely benefit of these otherwise bad experiences is that I've been able to notice three things about threats that will be useful to you in your strategic planning.

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