Tag Archives: Business Strategy

Dreaming of True North

I was having a conversation with a client who, like many of us, is fighting a war on two fronts. First, he is fighting a war of business survival.  Day in, day out, he needs to figure out how to position his business for tomorrow; he must try to predict what the markets will do, […]

Heavy Clouds But No Rain

I was torn about the title of this entry.  Should it be Sting’s “Heavy Clouds But No Rain” or should it be Peter Allen’s and Carole Bayer Sager’s “Everything Old Is New Again?”  I settled on the former.  But either would work, as we’ll see! The New York Times published no less than three very […]

It’s the Technology, Stupid!

Just as the words of President Clinton still echo their fundamental truth in our country’s politics, I submit a new rallying cry to corporate America: “It’s the Technology, Stupid!” Consider this: In January of this year, Hugo Sarrazin and Andy West wrote in McKinsey Quarterly an insightful paper on “Understanding the strategic value of IT […]

Managing Complexity

Since 2004 IBM has been tracking through surveys the top (external) factors that contribute to a company’s management challenges. (You can download the survey here: http://www.ibm.com/services/us/ceo/ceostudy2010/) Consistently on top was “Market Factors” but significantly, its importance in the ranking has been waning.  In 2004, for example, it was ranked number #1 with 84% of respondents.  […]