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Strategy Is Dead! A Premature Obituary?

I’m bemused by the repetitive announcements that “strategy is dead” and has no place in our rapidly changing and uncertain business environment. Pundits claim that: it’s too slow and laborious the outcomes are irrelevant in an uncertain and changing environment, and organisations prefer to simply respond quickly as conditions and customer requirements change. Despite the […]

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One Fish, Two Fish, Big Fish, Lose Fish

“They were capable of looking at what the rest of us thought of as a great advantage, and seeing it for what it really was.” - Malcolm Gladwell In David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants, Malcolm Gladwell tells a brilliant tale that begins in the nineteenth century when Paris was the center […]

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Can You Understand All Aspects of the Value Chain?

Editor’s Note: Ganesh Rajagopalan is a seasoned management consultant and former investment banker.  He is also a leading author on Flevy, having published numerous business frameworks on topics such as Strategy Development, Investment Analysis, and Value Chain Analysis.  You can view all his materials here. * * * * Most would be familiar with the term […]

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The Truth about Driving Change and Innovation: What No One Tells You

The call for change and innovation is everywhere – and rightly so. Business environments seem to be getting slammed by a multitude of market, technology and competitive threats impacting how you do business. It’s often called “disruption”. There is much written about transformational leadership. They fill our book shelves, article after article and book after […]

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Customer Experience Strategy: Why Being Customer Centric Is Critical to Business Success

Editor’s Note:  Shane Goldberg is the founder of CustCore Consulting, a boutique consulting firm focused on helping businesses unlock hidden growth through improving end-to-end Customer and Employee Experience.  His firm also sells Customer Strategy consulting frameworks on Flevy.  You can view their materials here. * * * * Back in 2014, Gartner predicted that by 2016, […]

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Are You Still Using a First Generation Performance Framework?

What is a “first” or “second” generation Performance Management and Measurement framework? Let’s begin by defining these concepts. First generation Performance Management and Measurement frameworks derive Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) from strategy.  These include well known and established frameworks, such as Balanced Scorecard (BSC) and EFQM Excellence Model. These first generation frameworks have led organizations to increase the […]

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What Are Your Distinctive Capabilities That Cannot Be Replicated?

Developed by John Kay, the Distinctive Capabilities Framework captures those capabilities our organization has, which cannot be replicated by competition.  Through his research, he identified 3 such “Distinctive Capabilities:” Architecture Reputation Innovation These 3 capabilities are the source of superior performance and sustainable competitive advantage for successful firms. This framework developed created after extensive research by […]

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The Future Is Now: Improve the Future via Strategy Dynamics

Have you heard of Strategy Dynamics?  Most people haven’t. Strategy Dynamics is a framework to explain our current performance–and to develop and execute strategies for improving our future performance of our organization.  This approach emphasizes building and sustaining the resources and capabilities necessary to succeed. Strategy Dynamics focuses on performance over time. The overarching objective of […]

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What Is a Strategy Map?

If you’re familiar with the strategic management framework Balanced Scorecard, you may have also come across the concept of a Strategy Map.  After all, a Strategy Map is a core element of the formulation of a Balanced Scorecard.  Both frameworks were developed by Robert Kaplan and David Norton. Wikipedia defines a Strategy Map as: A […]

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2017: The Year of Video Marketing [INFOGRAPHIC]

We’ve seen a lot of changes occur in the internet marketing landscape over the years. Ever since brands started to use internet marketing instruments more actively, a lot of notable internet marketing instruments became the most widely used tools in various campaigns. SEO and content marketing are still the two most popular instruments brands use […]

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What Qualifies as a Core Competency?

The concept of Core Competencies was first introduced by C. K. Prahalad and Gary Hamel in 1990, in their article The Core Competence of the Corporation.  Since then, this term has become part of the general business vernacular. Companies constantly claim various things to be part their “core competences.”  But, are these really Core Competences?  How […]

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How to Start Your Own Driving School

With self-driving cars already on our roads today, driving seems to be an endangered skill much like horse riding became 100 years ago. However, it’s going to be some time before that actually happens and currently many people still want to learn how to drive correctly. This makes starting a driving school a very lucrative […]

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