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Creating an Environment for Innovation – Part one: Creative Atmosphere

A creative atmosphere fosters innovation. This is a cultural matter you must encourage and nurture, but it is not as simple as flipping a switch. One must set an environment that encourages people to think in unusual and creative ways. This is not easy to accomplish when much of business is, by definition, so structured […]

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Why You Need to be Different

Differentiation builds dominance in your market.  One of the fun things about working with so many different companies is the perspective you gain on different industries.  Often times, however, an industry is highly fragmented with no clear dominant player or no clear dominant specialty player. This is worth closer examination, since a strategic framework for […]

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Why is Strategic Competency so Scary?

Focusing on a single strategic competency can be scary.  There are two big reasons for this.  The first is the basic struggle with focus – we often feel unsafe putting all of our eggs in one basket.  The idea that two competencies will double your chances of success is a false one, though.  Two competencies […]

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Do you think competitive business strategy doesn’t apply to your non-profit? Think again.

Many – MANY times, when teaching Simplified Strategic Planning seminar, there will be attendees from non-profits.  Many of them enjoy the seminar, take the tools from the workbook, and use them productively.  Often they don’t think competitve business strategy applies to their non-profit and will comment that “this material is more suited to a business”. […]

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The Easy Way to Innovate is the Hard Way – Part Four

By Robert W. Bradford Note:  This article was first published in Compass Points in April 2003.  The info is still relevant today, and it will be nostalgic reading the examples from 2003.  Part One was an introduction to this series from Bradford’s article The Easy way to Innovate is – the Hard way!    In […]

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The Easy way to Innovate is the Hard way! – Part Three

By Robert W. Bradford Note:  This article was first published in Compass Points in April 2003.  The info is still relevant today, and it will be nostalgic reading the examples from 2003.  Part One was an introduction to this series from Bradford’s article The Easy way to Innovate is – the Hard way!    In […]

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