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Strategy Execution: Would the Executives in Your Firm Qualify the 10 Strategy Tests?

Developing a winning strategy is an uphill task for leadership at most organizations.  One of the reason is not digging enough to answer the right questions.   The mainstay of a successful strategy is creation of Competitive Advantage.  However, for most organizations Competitive Advantage is a moving target, which is hard to pin down. A global […]

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Economies of Unscale

Futuristic, technology-driven business models are weakening the conventional advantages of Economies of Scale.  Large corporations, founded on Scale, nevertheless have areas that they can exploit if they reposition rapidly. For the best part of over a century, Economies of Scale—Cost Advantages that businesses achieve owing to their scale of operation—fashioned the corporation into a perfect […]

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2×2 Matrix for Platform Scaling Strategy

The phenomenal success of tech innovators using Platforms has spurred a desire in companies, from a greater variety of sectors and markets, to gain advantage of Product to Platform Transformation. This Transformation is based on the need to model businesses on a Customer-Centric Design approach.  The need has arisen because the concept of Economies of […]

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Continuous Process Improvement and Innovation (CPI2) Framework Simplified

Market pressures, technological disruption, and process related challenges adversely affect organizational performance, and force the organizations to continuously refine, reduce costs, and perform better.  Eventually, they start exploring the possibilities of implementing continuous process improvement or other innovation methodologies. Continuous Process Improvement (CPI) involves improving a product, service or process, either incrementally or revolutionally.  However, […]

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5 Critical Success Factors for Successful Business Transformation

Business Transformations have become a necessity in the fast-changing technological and competitive business environment.  Transformation is characterized by significant and risk-laden Restructuring of a company, with the objective of accomplishing Operational Excellence and changing its future course. Business Transformation is a priority for many top executives but it is usually a reaction to challenging circumstances […]

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6 Mindset Traits of Great Problem Solvers

Problem Solving is a fundamental life skill indispensable for survival of an individual.  It is honed in every person to varying degrees.  It is especially a useful skill to embody Leadership Development. Problem Solving skill can be taught and learnt. MIT defines Problem Solving as: The process of identifying a problem, developing possible solution paths, […]

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Consumer Benefits Ladder

Marketing, these days, is shifting towards developing great ideas and creating customer experiences that consumers discuss further in their circle.  The focus of the marketing effort is on building a brand image.  To supplement this organizations need to develop a culture that lives the brand. Top brands have been built by communicating their message to […]

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6 Strategies for Post-Merger Integration Synergies

A significant number of Mergers remain unsuccessful, because companies do not employ a thorough and disciplined approach to realizing Post-Merger Integration Synergies.  In reasons for failure, we hear remarks like: Targets were set several months earlier by the top management without consulting the line managers, or taking ground realities into consideration. Assumption base for setting […]

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Product Management KPIs

Product Managers are responsible for defining the features or functions of a Product and for overseeing the development of the Product.  The role of Product Managers spans many activities from developing Product Strategy to tactical plan and can vary based on the organizational structure of the organization. Typically, Product Leaders are involved with the entire […]

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GE-McKinsey Matrix: A Strategic Business Portfolio & Investment Analysis Tool

A problem that executives often face is finding a tool to identify where and how to compete, identify profitable markets, evaluate investment options, and price their products rightly. GE-McKinsey Matrix is one such strategic planning tool that helps the executives make investment decisions and manage their product portfolio based on sound analysis.  Outlined by McKinsey […]

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How Do the Subject Matter Experts (Porter, Mintzberg, & More) Define Strategy?

Strategy is about the methods used to attain goals.  It’s the “how” of achieving goals—desired future conditions and circumstances towards which effort and resources are spent until their achievement. If Strategy has any meaning at all, it is in relation to some aim or end in view. Strategy is 1 of the 4 dimensions of […]

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Restructuring: 8 Key Steps of Data Integration in Redeployment Assessment Management

Restructuring becomes essential at some stage in the lifecycle of any organization.  In order to emerge triumphant through this tumultuous challenge, it is necessary that the focus remains on the challenges impeding the organization, Strategy Development to tackle the challenges, and prioritizing Strategic Initiatives to deliver radical results that lead the organization to Operational Excellence. […]

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