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CEO TEST - #1 Can You Develop a Simple Plan for Your Strategy

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Aug 2, 2021

The CEO Test: Master The Challenges That Make Or Break All Leaders, authors Adam Bryant, and Kevin Sharer provide the key elements a CEO needs for success. This is not a touchy-feely book, although it does address the need for establishing culture. Nor is it a prescriptive book about how to create the right strategy. It reveals Seven Key Tests to be a successful CEO with key insights from leaders who are provided as examples.

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Topics: Discipline Plan, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Strategy Question, Competitive Strategy, The CEO Test

Differentiation – Does It Require Being the Best?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Feb 22, 2021

The contractor did remodels. He worked in the Chicago Suburbs and had a thriving business. The systems he’d developed built consistency and predictability. His team knew how to do their jobs, by following his precise systems. His firm had the area’s best reputation.

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Topics: Differentiation, One Phrase Strategy, Strategy Decision, Differentiation Strategy, Competitive Strategy, Key Attribution Framework, 3HAG WAY

2021 Focus on Strategy

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Dec 28, 2020

If 2020 was a humbling year for you in terms of revenue growth, then it’s time to work on strategy.

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Competitive Strategy, 3HAG WAY

Understand Success – Your Flywheel Architecture & Extensions

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 22, 2020

"The greatest danger in business and life lies not in outright failure but in achieving success without understanding why you were successful in the first place."

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Topics: Jim Collins, Build up to Breakthrough Flywheel, Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Turning the Flywheel, Flywheel, Flywheel Extension, Good to Great to Gone

Four Strategies to Amazon Proof Your Business

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 8, 2020

As we shared in Amazon Flywheel transformed its business - Bezonomics, discovering it’s Flywheel in 2001 transformed Amazon into the powerhouse it is today.

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Topics: Strategy Decision, Strategy - How, Flywheel, bezonomics, brian dumaine, amazon, amazon proof

How Do Competitors Respond to Your Strategy?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 6, 2020

A good friend of mine and I met for coffee early Thursday morning.

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Playing To Win, Winning Strategy, Strategy Question, Competitive Strategy

Low-Cost vs. Differentiation - Example of Playing to Win

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 23, 2019

How do strategies differ?

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Topics: strategy, Strategy Decision, Playing To Win, Winning Strategy, Low-Cost Strategy, Differentiation Strategy

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

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