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Core Capabilities – Playing to Win

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 25, 2019

One of my customers is growing fast.  They’ve added 25 employees this year, increased revenue 45%, and plan to acquire additional companies to fuel their growth to add new people over the next three years.

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Topics: strategy, Core Competencies, Strategy Decision, Playing To Win, Core Capabilities, Strategy - How

Win with Those Who Matter Most

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 11, 2019

“…strategy is disciplined thinking that requires tough choices and is all about winning.” ~ A.G. Lafley, Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works.

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Playing To Win, Strategy - How, A.G. Lafley

Red Team Tool: Four Ways of Seeing - New Coke & Arch Deluxe Failures

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Sep 2, 2019

“Hindsight is 20-20!”

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Topics: Decision-Making, Strategy Decision, Decisions Equal Success, Better Decision-Making, Strategy - How, Strategy vs. Planning, Red Team

It’s Not a Strength If You’re NOT DIFFERENTIATED

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 25, 2019

The problem with traditional SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) is they don’t differentiate you from your competition.

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Topics: strategy, SWOT, Strengths, Strategy Decision, OUTTHINKER SCORE - ASSESSMENT, 8 P's

PLAYING TO WIN – YOUR STRATEGY 5 CHOICES

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 20, 2018

Last blog, What Strategy Is And Isn’t: Playing to Win we shared: Strategy is about making specific choices to win in the marketplace.

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Playing To Win, Top Line Revenue Growth

What Strategy Is And Isn’t: Playing to Win

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 13, 2018

Several weeks ago one of my customers met with Kaihan Krippendorff, author of Outthink the Competition: How a New Generation of Strategists Sees Options Others Ignore, to complete our work on the Outthinker Process.  I’ve shared their progress in our previous blogs

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Playing To Win

FINAL OUTTHINKER PROCESS #5 – SELL – Build Buy-In

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 6, 2018

Three ideas. 

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Topics: strategy, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, Strategy Decision, Outthinker Process, Kaihan Krippendorff

STEP 4 - OUTTHINKER PROCESS - ANALYZE – Space For Impossible Ideas

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 30, 2018

How do you take 192 strategic narratives and determine which have the greatest potential to grow your business.

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Topics: strategy, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, Strategy Decision, Outthinker Process, Kaihan Krippendorff

Calculate Your OUTthinker Score – The Assessment Re-Visited

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jul 9, 2018

This week I’m on vacation.  Last Thursday’s Blog, The OUTTHINKER PROCESS – STEP (Example) shared my customer’s first step in the Outthinker Process. The framework for this first step requires your leadership team to take a closer look at your business in terms of your competitiveness.  The 8 P’s assessment, the Outthinker Score, provide great clarity on how your business is positioned against your competition.

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Topics: strategy, OUTTHINK THE COMPETITION, Strategy Decision, OUTTHINKER SCORE - ASSESSMENT, Outthinker Process

You Can Achieve Similar Success – David Meerman Scott - New Orleans ScaleUp Summit

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 11, 2018

What’s wrong with your business to business marketing?

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Topics: Marketing, David Meerman Scott, Social Media, Strategy Decision, ScaleUp Summit Learning, ScaleUp Summit New Orleans 2018

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