“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” Albert Einstein
Bookstores, Amazon wish lists, and many Kindle devices are filled with ‘business how-to’ books where a myriad of authors promise to share their self-improvement secrets. Most are either overhyped or are a regurgitation of what another author said the previous year.
“Fitting in is a short-term strategy, standing out pays off in the long run.” Seth Godin
Last post, I shared insights about what was not good strategy (tactical ideas, ‘table stakes’ offerings…). Today, I want to share what a top notch business strategy looks like.
Strategy is about setting yourself apart from the competition. It’s not a matter of being better at what you do – it’s a matter of being different at what you do.” Michael Porter
There’s a lot of bad ‘strategy’ efforts out there. Here’s what you should avoid.
After seeing Ryan Holiday speak at the 2017 ScalingUp Summit in St. Louis, I was very impressed and very intrigued. First, he was a 30 year old guy who was now in his 2nd successful career. Second, he was clearly well versed and scholarly on the subject of Stoicism – which is a topic that I would expect to be espoused by someone in their 60s or 70s.
The Hunter who chases two rabbits catches neither one.
A few weeks ago, my friend, Vince, and I were discussing how the most successful people and organizations have a clear focus on a simple goal. Conversely, the topic arose of how those that struggle are far more likely to be aiming at too many targets or continuously changing their point of aim. Vince reached back on his shelf and handed me a book and suggested that I give it a read. That’s how I was introduced to “The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Jay Papasan. Read More
When helping small to midsize businesses launch, grow, and reinvent themselves, I introduce new and improved systems and techniques that help to move the enterprise towards its goals. However, these tools stand upon the foundation of a leader that can introduce and implement them effectively.
With such a leader, the results can be spectacular. In the absence of a business savvy leader, the output of even the best processes is limited. Read More