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Automate your strategy if you want to lose

Quantitative Approaches to Strategic Planning or Qualitative? Over the past few years, I’ve noticed a great increase in what I think of as automated strategic planning.  Some heavily quantitative approaches (like balanced scorecard) can be part of a good strategic planning process.  The problem I notice is that often, companies use these approaches as a […]

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Customers’ Dimensions of Value

Customers’ dimensions of value may be very different from ours Customers don’t look at us – or our products and services – in the same way we do.  When we look at what we do, we see the effort, the difficulty, and the risk we put into everything.  The sum of the know-how we apply […]

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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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Technology and Labor Trends – Can this Combination Generate Opportunities for Your Business?

Technology and labor trends -Is your company seeing these trends? Many experienced workers are retiring from the workforce, often taking critical knowledge with them. Hiring difficulty: especially among the skilled trades. Well, your customers also face these trends – how can you help?  Can you design products/services that will help alleviate these issues for your […]

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When Strategies Go Bad – Part Five -Summary

By Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant Note: This post is a part of a series taken from Dana Baldwin’s article When Strategies Go Bad previously published in Compass Points in April 2004.  In Part 1, we introduced the series and discussed what happened with IBM.  In Part 2, we discussed what happened to Global Crossing.  In Part 3, we discussed […]

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When Strategies Go Bad – Part 4 – Tyco

By Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant Note: This post is a part of a series taken from Dana Baldwin’s article When Strategies Go Bad previously published in Compass Points in April 2004.  In Part 1, we introduced the series and discussed what happened with IBM.  In Part 2, we discussed what happened to Global Crossing.  In Part 3, we discussed […]

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