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Finding It Hard to Manage a Stable Talent Pipeline? Get Help from These 6 Pillars of Talent Management

Enterprises worldwide face problems selecting, staffing, developing, compensating, motivating, and sustaining their key talent.  Building a sustainable Talent pipeline is quite strenuous even for large multinationals. Replicating best practices from somewhere and applying them alone isn’t sufficient for organizations to build a Talent pipeline and achieve Competitive Advantage.  This warrants overcoming arduous challenges associated with […]

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How to Differentiate Between General, Corporate, and Competitive Strategy?

Strategy and execution are the 2 critical elements that drive a business.  However, leaders often struggle even with defining—let alone devising and executing—an effective strategy.  Many of those who are responsible to deal with it fall short of describing how they typically employ it.  This failure takes its roots from the fact that there is no […]

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Business Model Innovation: How to Create Scalable Business Models?

Scalability describes possible meaningful changes in magnitude or capacity.  In business terms, it’s the capability of a system to enhance productivity upon resource augmentation.  Scalability provides an organization the capabilities to develop compelling value propositions—that are hard to imitate by the rivals—and achieve profitable growth even in the wake of external threats, cut-throat competition, stringent […]

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Strategic Management Done Right: Set up a Strategic Management Office (SMO)

Most organizations struggle with Strategy execution. In fact, numerous studies from top consulting firms (including McKinsey, Bain, BCG) and Harvard Business Review have shown approximately 70% of strategies fail due to poor execution. Furthermore, organizations only realize about 60% of their strategies’ value. Having a Strategic Management Office–i.e. SMO–may improve your chances of success. The […]

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Strategic Cost Reduction Primer: A Systematic Approach to Transforming Costs

Cost Optimization Programs are hard to manage, sustain, and often tend to fall short of delivering the promised value.  The failure could be attributed to many reasons—including lack of clearly delineated objectives, failure to account for operational difficulties, internal resistance to change, trying to cut corners from everywhere, not paying attention to planning optimal utilization […]

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5 Misconceptions about Business Strategy

We all like to talk about strategy. It’s cool to do so. But in order to craft a great strategy, it’s crucial to understand the underlying business strategy principles. All too often, people who talk about strategy don’t really know what strategy is all about. This article wants to change that! First, let’s take a […]

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7 Steps to Produce a Strategy-on-a-Page (SoaP)

Every year you are asked to assess the previous year’s business performance and update your strategies to meet the needs of a changing environment, including new opportunities and emerging opposition to your business’ efforts. You have to schedule a brainstorming session with your business leaders, review your company’s vision and mission statements, measure current state […]

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Success Secrets of Centuries-old Companies

Companies are dying faster than they used to, according to a BCG study. In 1970, the average public company lasted over 55 years. By 2010, this had dropped to just over 30 years. The risk of a company exiting the market in five years is now 32 percent, compared to 5 percent 50 years ago. […]

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Strategy Is Just Like Air

I’ve had a great response to my recent post announcing whywhathow (my venture into the world of strategy, performance and governance for not-for-profit and professional services organisations, if you missed it). So, how will whywhathow make a difference, you might ask?  Is my approach really special or unique? That will ultimately be for others to decide, but […]

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Why a Quantum-Leap Strategy for Emerging Countries?

Gone are the days of incremental changes, whether on the micro or macro level, in sector reforms or a business plan of an SME project. In the globalization era, the business environment everywhere has turned into a process of perpetual dynamic transformations, this despite the onset of the financial crisis, with possibility that the latter […]

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Download Our Free Primer on Strategy Development and Strategy Execution

What is strategy without execution?  Merely  theory. A successful business requires both a well developed strategy and the ability to execute on that strategy.  Many companies develop robust strategies, but fail at operationalizing their strategies into implementable steps. We have just released a free primer on Strategy Development and Strategy Execution.  It is a 54-slide deck that […]

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The Crisis in Corporate Strategy (Part 2): How to Make a Difference

Note from the Editor:  Charles Fiaccabrino is a seasoned executive with 50+ years of sales management experience.   Charles began his career at Hoffmann La Roche on April 1st, 1969 as the first diagnostics sales representative in the newly formed Diagnostics Division and helped grow the organization into a multi-billion dollar enterprise.  During his career at […]

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