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Artificial Intelligence (AI) Strategy: Top Priorities

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is one area considered by many executives to enable Automation and steer positive growth.  A couple of years ago, most executives thought that deployment of Artificial Intelligence isn’t a big deal.  However, revamping traditional systems, implementing AI, and scaling it, in reality, is not as simple as it seems. A survey by PwC […]

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Customer Experience (CX) Pyramid

Most organizations aren’t ready to deliver great Customer Experiences across all channels.  Many of them have invested heavily in conventional methods of doing business, backed by in person or over-the-phone customer experience.  This has led to creation of siloed operational structures within companies, where each silo operates individually. With the advent of digital channels, these […]

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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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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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Manufacturing Reshoring: Have You Included These 6 Key Considerations in Your Strategy?

Kearney’s 7th Annual Reshoring Index revealed a dramatic reversal of a five year trend, as domestic US manufacturing in 2019 commanded a significantly greater share versus the 14 Asian low-cost countries (LCCs), with manufacturing imports from China registering a particularly sharp decline. In 2019, imports of manufactured goods from 14 Asian LCC offshore trading partners […]

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First Law of Digital Transformation: 3 Core Elements to Manage Digital Change

Gordon Moore, Intel co-founder, observed that the number of transistors in a dense integrated circuit doubles about every two years.  He projected that this rate of growth would continue for at least another decade. His observation, termed the “Moore’s Law,” has correctly predicted the pace of innovation for several decades and guided strategic planning and […]

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Strategy Classics: Porter’s Five Forces

Michael Eugene Porter—a Professor at the Institute for Strategy and Competitiveness, Harvard Business School—is widely acclaimed for his unmatched prowess in competitive strategy, strategic planning, global economic development, and the application of competitive principles and strategic approaches.  Renowned as the father of modern day strategy, Dr. Porter is an author of 18 books and a […]

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An Intro to Strategic Key Performance Indicators (KPIs): The KPI Virtuous Cycle

Technological innovation and intensifying competition are forcing leaders to rethink how they use Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to manage and direct organizations.  Digitization has reinforced the importance of Key Performance Indicators not only in enhancing employee performance but driving the overall organizational productivity. The role of KPIs is becoming more dynamic.  KPIs are getting demonstrably […]

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OK, the Merger’s Done. How Do We Secure the Promised Revenue Synergies?

Stiff market competition, expansion into new territories, product portfolio extension, and gaining new capabilities are the prime reasons why more and more organizations are seriously looking into the prospects of—and carrying out—Mergers and Acquisitions.  However, only a few M&As achieve their desired revenue objectives. Revenue Synergies are a decisive factor in closing such deals.  However, […]

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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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Culture Eats Strategy in Digital Transformation

A lot of companies are at risk of becoming victims of digital Darwinism these days. Competitors in their industry are ahead of them in the digital arena. And there is always the risk of an outsider disrupting the entire industry. For many companies the words digital transformation ranks high on the list of priorities. One […]

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Do You Have a “Strategy for Speed?” Start by Conquering the “10 Plus Wastes”

There is always much talk about the basic technology (and supplemental technology) solutions that are designed to optimize systems in an effort to work “smarter” in a distribution center or warehouse–to possess a “strategy for speed.” Managers are now under more pressure than ever (and they should be) to carve out space and optimize throughput.  […]

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