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A Checklist of Startup Mistakes that Could Kill Your Business

It’s hard enough to put up a startup. There are no guarantees of success. Tech.co says about 50 percent of all new businesses fail within the first …

How many companies have a strategy?

Some years ago I spent half of my weekends with my studies of Real Estate Investment Banking. I clearly remember one lecture about Exit Strategies …

Annual Reports

Do M&A Deals Ever Really Create Synergies?

Every time one company launches a takeover bid for another, the justification is always about synergies. The more and bigger they are the better the deal. Microsoft’s recently announced $26 billion all cash offer for LinkedIn is the latest case in point. The CEOs of both companies and the media …

Bootstrapping as a business strategy

Bootstrapping is a technique used by individuals in business to overcome obstacles, achieve goals and make improvements through organic, …

How to Compete with The Big Guys as a Small Business

Taking on a large corporation in an industry can seem like an insurmountable task for a small business. The fact is that many small companies cannot …

How to Foster Diversity in Your Workplace

Diversity is a hot-button issue and one of the most important philosophical discussions occurring in America and in the global business world today. …

Strategic Planning for Different Business Units – A Case Study

This case study describes how a large corporation with several business unites developed and implemented a consistent group-wide process for …

Strategy and Boxes

During my readings I came across two very different quotas about the problem with strategy and boxes or categories. Strategic thinking and mental …

Strategic Thinking

The wrong person for the job

Employees will only deliver excellent work results if they like their job, their tasks and their whole work environment. That is a truism, and one …

Employment

How German journalists do their research and what that tells you for about Search Engine Optimization

Every business knows that search engine optimization (SEO) is important for its website. You can put all your offerings online – if the major search …

SEO

Grow from Your Strengths

Illustration by Robert Samuel Hanson<p>Growth is the ultimate test of business vitality, yet questions about it haunt business leaders. How much will we …

Before a Meeting, Tell Your Team That Silence Denotes Agreement

The meeting seemed to go smoothly. Bill, the executive vice president of sales at a global company, had gathered his extended leadership team — a group of more than 20 people — and outlined his latest plan to reconfigure the sales organization. When he asked if anyone had concerns, there were a few …

Minimum viable transformation

Article<p>Minimum viable transformation Part of the Business Trends series<p>April 15, 2015<p>Leaders are taking lessons from the startup playbook on “minimum …

The Monthly Strategy Highlight: Debunk the Myths of Digital Strategy Management Jan.2016

<b>The strategy is the light to guide you ahead, not the hand to walk you through.</b><p>The “Future of CIO” Blog has reached 1.3 million page views with 2500+ …

A Minimum Viable Product Is Not a Product, It's a Process

<i>“You know that old saw about a plane flying from California to Hawaii being off course 99% of the time—but constantly correcting? The same is true of</i> …

Product Management

Strategy and Execution Are the Same Thing

In a recent article, Paul Leinwand, Cesare Mainardi, and Art Kleiner presented some survey findings underscoring the well-established fact that few leaders (only 8%, according to their study) are good at both creating good strategies and putting them into practice. But they seemed to almost …

Swot Your SWOT…Forever

The more strategy development work I do with organizations, the more I’m becoming aware of a prevalent pattern, a pattern which I find …

A 10-Year Study Reveals What Great Executives Know and Do

Despite the huge impact executives can have on their organizations, failure rates remain high. Prescriptions for what to do continue to fall short. So we wondered: If we closely studied the executives who succeed in top jobs once appointed, could we identify distinguishing features that set them …

39 Product Management Quotes To Live By

We all have favorite quotes or at least words we like to live by. Knowing how hectic days can be in the product management world, I thought I would …

Here’s what innovators do differently that imitators don’t

Are all innovators alike, and can we all learn and develop the skills to become innovators? Yes.I’m big on fundamentals, and though you can’t create …

Innovation

When to develop strategic measures

Strategic measures serve to realize strategic objectives on corporate level or business unit level. They may comprise actions, projects, programs, …

If content is king, we need an revolt and someone needs to kill him by Tom Goodwin

<b>If content is king, we need an revolt and someone needs to kill him</b> by Tom Goodwin<p>We’re drowning in excess, in a world where everyone can make …

Do you need internal or external strategy experts or both?

Strategic planning and the related tasks can be challenging activities for any organization – small or large. Some are large enough to have a team of …

Internal or external experts? 2: External strategy consultants

Strategic planning and the related tasks can be challenging activities for any organization – small or large. Some are large enough to have a team of …

Is growth imperative?

Take any business plan, financial statement, press conference, analyst presentation or the like – What do they have in common?<br>About any business will …

Markets

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

The Winter issue of <i>strategy+business</i> includes a very interesting article on theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, - The Fortune 500 Teller. Dr. West …

Physics

The Hardest Lesson of Digital Transformation: Designing for Loss of Control

It goes hand in hand with another key principle that sets digital strategy well apart from many other traditional ways of achieving organizational …

Digital Transformation

Five Reasons Most Companies Fail at Strategy Execution

If your organisational culture has these five characteristics, all attempts to implement strategic change will likely be doomed.

Leadership

Is Our Business Model Ready to Launch?

<i>Part 2 in The Lean Startup Series</i> Why do new ventures fail? There are three areas of risk when we launch something new:• <b>Technical (or product) risk:</b> …

Lean Startups