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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

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

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