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What You Need to Know About Business Models

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Everyone wants a new one; Few are successful “In a recent McKinsey poll, 84 percent of global executives acknowledged that innovation is extremely important to their growth strategies, yet a staggering 94 percent were unsatisfied with their own innovation performance.”  From Competing Against Luck How do you best support innovation and change?  What interdependencies within [...]


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Safe Execution: Business-IT risk discussion

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If you are anything like me, historically your initial discussions with IT drifts toward their requirements and policies- some version of a C-I-”No”.  This is usually followed by some type of business-sponsor intervention allowing us to technologically enable our business outcome, with at least a little lingering animosity.  During a recent webinar1, Professor George Westerman [...]


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Blue Ocean Growth

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Blue Ocean Growth is not strategy Strategy is based in competition, derived from Greek generals, and littered with the vocabulary of war.  Our own definition of strategy, included within the strategic architecture of our strategy-paksm, builds off this combative thinking.  And, while business strategy may share similar goals, tools and a development approach by the [...]


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Change Leadership- Traversing the emotional cycles of change

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I have a client who is an avid outdoorsman. He often waxes poetically about his kayaking in the Rocky Mountain streams near his cabin- “as long as the water isn’t too high”- and mountain climbing in west Texas. Occasionally, he leaves right after work to get a jump on yet another weekend climbing adventure. His [...]


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The Calculus of Capabilities- An integrated maturity model

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  For years executives (and more than a few consultants) have applied judgment in assessing a business’s capability readiness based at least in part on one-on-one interviews.  However, the need for a holistic understanding of core competences has been out of academia and in the real world for nearly 20 years.  To what effect?  Are [...]


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The Calculus of Capabilities

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How are we doing? We typically focus on business performance – results delivered – when answering this question.  For example, what was last month’s top-line revenue, or what is our gross margin for the quarter? However, if we were to swing the spotlight to focus that question on our capabilities- our ability to deliver- you [...]


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Great Teams Require Great Communication

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Does the title surprise to you? It seems so obvious.  Until I read the “second place” 2012 McKinsey Award winning article, I didn’t even give a thought to communication not being a critical component of team performance in everyone’s mind.  However, with the obvious (team communication) weighing in as the runner-up to the 54th McKinsey [...]


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2012 Favorites- An Overview

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Once again, we thought you might like to see some of what has influenced our thinking this year, and how we think these concepts will impact business improvement efforts as we move forward. The following are our favorite thought provoking articles, books and web-based tidbits from this past year.  Six topics span a wide range [...]


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Improved Vetting: Social-Business-Inside-The-Enterprise Case Study

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“Companies are beginning to find that social technologies have enormous potential to raise the productivity of knowledge workers.” McKinsey Global Institute* The concept of vetting an idea has universal application in ideas large and small.  The following case study is based on an executive’s need to move quickly to create and embed an operational strategy [...]


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What to do with the strategy-pak: A starter list

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Like most tools, our strategy-paksm framework has little value unless you put it to use.  As we briefly explored in our Communicate Strategy for Effect post, we believe in building from the basics.  So, here are a few traditional, time-proven ways we have used the framework to improve our clients’ businesses… the basics. Best practice [...]


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