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Strategy Resources

Running a business without strategy is like driving your car without a clear destination and map to get there.  It is both confusing and inefficient.  Business isn’t something you make up as you go along.  The leader needs ensure he/she is well informed about external industry dynamics and the needed related internal capabilities.   The best leaders anticipate, then create the future using a well-informed strategy to make it happen. They also ensure everyone in the organization is clear about this direction and why it’s important.

Leading Your Company Through The Organizational Lifecycle

Among many other helpful insights, my business leadership professor at Penn State, Dr. Albert Vicere, taught me almost 30 years ago that every company follows a standard lifecycle. As your business grows, the challenges you face as a leader will evolve and occur naturally. To keep moving the organization forward, it’s crucial that you adapt

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Managing Your Business Risk Effectively

Introduction: Navigating the complex world of business risk is a critical aspect of steering your company towards success and sustainability. The array of potential risks can be overwhelming, from economic fluctuations to technological advancements. This blog is designed to provide you with a comprehensive understanding of these risks and introduce an effective tool for managing

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When You’re Not Sure What To Do: Strengthen Your Balance Sheet

In the complex world of business, it’s rare for leaders to always have all the answers. Sometimes, market shifts catch you off guard. The bank might unexpectedly suggest revising their lending and credit policies. Game-changing competitors could emerge. Customers, once loyal, may now face their own industry challenges and look elsewhere. Or maybe that new

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    Favorite Articles

  • The Five Competitive Forces That Shape Strategy

     In 1979, a young associate professor at Harvard Business School published his first article for HBR, “How Competitive Forces Shape Strategy.” In the years that followed, Michael Porter’s explication of the five forces that determine the long-run profitability of any industry has shaped a generation of academic research and business practice. In this article, Porter […]

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  • Why strategists should embrace imperfection

    In a world of rapid change, looking for certainty can obscure opportunity. Taking smaller yet bold steps provides a more sure-footed path through uncertainty. Conventional approaches to strategy have had to adapt in recent years, with rapid technological change and buffeting from external forces. In this episode of Inside the Strategy Room, the authors of the new book, The Imperfectionists: […]

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  • A Growth Strategy that Creates and Protects Value

    For organizations to truly innovate and grow, leaders in every role and at every organizational level must be attuned to how they are creating new value while simultaneously protecting existing value. Just as a soccer coach must simultaneously pursue both scoring and defending, leaders must constantly focus their attention on opportunities to create value — […]

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    Helpful Websites

  • BCG Henderson Institute

    Since its founding in 1963, BCG has become known for its analytical approach to problem-solving, as well as the emphasis it places on the exploration and development of new business ideas and pursuits. Notably, BCG’s founder, Bruce D. Henderson pioneered the field of corporate strategy and developed concepts like the Experience Curve and the Growth-Share […]

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  • Growth Institute

    Professional development resource/community for leaders looking to scale their business.

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  • Free Business Lessons – Harvard Business School Online

    Gain actionable skills and insights through free, interactive, online business lessons from leading Harvard Business School faculty and industry experts.

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    Reading Excerpts

  • On Leadership and Business Book Excerpts Sections 3-5 by Ed Robinson

        “Leadership is lifting a person’s vision to high sights, the raising of a person’s performance to a higher standard, the building of a personality beyond its normal limitations.” —Peter Drucker   Part Three: It Takes Vision If you ask the average employee of the typical company why the company exists, what sets it […]

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  • Small Giants by Bo Burlingham

      Introduction …they have chosen not to focus on revenue growth or geographical expansion, pursuing instead other goals they consider more important than getting as big as possible, as fast as possible.  To make those tradeoffs, the companies have had to remain privately owned, with the majority of stock in the hands of one person, […]

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  • How The Mighty Fall by Jim Collins

      Five Stages of Decline: Hubris Born of Success Undisciplined Pursuit of More Denial of Risk and Peril Grasping for Salvation Capitulation to Irreverence or Death   “The concept of hubris is defined as excessive pride that brings down a hero, or alternatively, outrageous arrogance that inflicts suffering upon the innocent.”   Cycle of Arrogant […]

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