Participate, and add your thoughts to our blog posts and to the comments made by others. Vote on the value of each discussion to let others know what is interesting. Browse through all of our Points of View or choose a specific business issue from the list at the right.

Points of View

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 Email Opportunity for Improving Collaboration

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According to an article published by Barry Gill in the June 2013 edition of Harvard Business Review, we spend half our work-year on email.  The statistics are based on Gill’s 2012 survey of 2,600 workers in the US, UK and South Africa who email everyday. Gill helps us understand where that time goes as he [...]


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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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Communicate Strategy for Effect

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Only 27% believe US CEO’s are credible Edelman 2012 Trust Barometer1 With so little belief in CEO’s these days, we have our work cut out for us when it comes to communicating strategy to the company2.  In fact, sharing strategy is a key message leaders must execute with precision to ensure alignment in the organization3.  [...]


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