Posts Tagged: business

advantage at the fringe

In today’s business environment, competitive advantages rapidly erode. Entire industries are transforming and being overwhelmed by new developments. The internet is shifting power from companies to consumers. Product and strategy life cycles are shrinking. Deregulation and globalization are opening up entire industries to an onslaught of nimble low-cost competitors. The fact is organizations using yesterday’s… Read more »

never underestimate the power of culture

Do you believe that “culture can make or break a strategy”? Martin Roll, noted Business and Brand Strategist, recently published an article in INSEAD Knowledge making this claim, and I concur wholeheartedly. In the article, Roll notes that while culture encompasses what we might consider the soft stuff, it is still a very significant driver… Read more »

debunking myths about the millennial divide

When you Google millennials in the workplace, you find no shortage of articles describing how fundamentally different workers from this generation are, from all who came before. You’ll find articles on how they think differently, they act differently, they communicate and work differently, and that’s just the beginning. According to a new report, however, when… Read more »

insiders versus outsiders in CEO succession

Whether you agree or disagree with the premise, the title of a recent Fortune Magazine article is certainly an attention grabber. It is by Noel Tichy and entitled “J. C. Penney and the terrible costs of hiring an outsider CEO.” In the article, Tichy reviews J.C. Penney’s decision to hire Ron Johnson (who had previously… Read more »

Opportunity Sensing

In business, we are not particularly good at the kind of singular focus required to take full advantage of pivot points or strategic inflection points when they occur. It often seems we feel the need to mitigate absolutely all of the natural risks associated with a big decision. As a result, we never quite make… Read more »

‘How’ Matters More than ‘What’

People like Roger Martin, Tim Brown and Matt Ridley, have it absolutely right when they talk about the fact we need to fundamentally approach problems and think differently. All of them have suggested, in slightly different ways, that our success as leaders in the future will be determined not by WHAT we do but by HOW we… Read more »

It’s About Choices

Leaders who do not have the ability to “think in the future tense” and more comfortably compete in the realm of the unknown, will not be able to orient themselves and their organizations in time and space. Eventually, they will find themselves sucked into a “black hole.” Leaders must bring a sense of fresh perspective… Read more »

The Coach as Leader

We are nearing the end of what is arguably the largest sporting event in the world; the FIFA World Cup. In the spirit of the tournament I decided to write a quick post linking sports with business deficiencies. The most talented players only want to play for the right coach with the right system and the… Read more »

Mastering Intelligent Opportunism

There is a distinct emotion that accompanies the arrival of a great business opportunity. It is part adrenaline, part fear and part excitement. It is the same emotional high that comes with being close to inevitable victory in a season ending hockey game. It is the point at which everything around slows down, your vision… Read more »