Category: Strategic Planning

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FAO Schwarz: Another Rise and Fall

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FAO Schwarz, the legendary toy story in New York that was immortalized by Tom Hanks playing the “ floor piano” with his feet in the movie “Big,”  closed this week after operating since 1870 and boasting 40 stores at its peak.  Its demise is attributed to some of the same

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Access to Six Figure Consultants: Here They Are

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Michael Milken (of Wall Street Fame) holds the Milken Conference each year featuring dozens of the world’s best known entrepreneurs, scientists, financiers, researchers and other notables in hour long seminars on topics such as financial markets, the economy, medicine, Millennials, health care and much more.  Most of us can not afford

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“Disruption”: Dumb Luck or Deep Understanding?

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We often think of “disruption” as belonging to the realm of startups or big, but innovative and relatively young companies like Google or Apple.  Is it luck…is it art… or is it science?.   One really old, really large company that makes many products you use every day knows that disruption

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Knowing something does nothing…Doing something does

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I was relaxing on my vacation last week and reading a book by Brene Brown – Daring Greatly.  It was a good read and I highly recommend it for those who want to grow their leadership skills. One of those ‘light goes off’ moments was when she discussed (as a leader), the

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Speaking of Leadership® – Keeping Your Business Models Relevant

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Technology and demand for content are disrupting the entertainment business and making life tougher for other content creators and the middlemen.   Maybe you can learn how to change your own business model before time and circumstance make if a matter of life and death by absorbing the lessons of those who

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May the Strategic Forces (all five of them) Be With You

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Many companies are getting ready for their annual planning retreats and wondering how to create a winning strategy.  If one person can be associated with the development of strategy as a discipline in the past thirty years it’s Michael Porter whose book “Competitive Strategy” is the final word on understanding

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Four Reasons Your Strategic Plan Will Fail

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We’re almost to the last quarter of the year and many organizations will begin their annual strategic planning ritual.  Before you launch whatever strategy planning process you use, check out this short article in Forbes that offers some cautionary tales about the things that usually take the planning process off the

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