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THE CHAIN-REACTION STRATEGY – Response

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 31, 2022

“Terror is the ultimate way to paralyze a people’s will to resist and destroy their ability to plan a strategic response. Such power is gained through sporadic acts of violence that create a constant feeling of threat, incubating a fear that spreads throughout the public sphere. The goal in a terror campaign is not battlefield victory but causing maximum chaos and provoking the other side into desperate overreaction. Melting invisibly into the population, tailoring their actions for the mass media, the strategists of terror create the illusion that they are everywhere and therefore that they are far more powerful than they really are. It is a war of nerves. The victims of terror must not succumb to fear or even anger; to plot the most effective counterstrategy, they must stay balanced. In the face of a terror campaign, one’s rationality is the last line of defense.” ~ 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene

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Topics: strategy, Effective Leadership, Strategy - How, 33 Strategies of War

Swimlanes: When You Know Where You’re Going, You Know You’re Great

Posted by Douglas Wick on Mon, Nov 22, 2021

As the Cheshire cat told Alice, in Alice in Wonderland, “If you don’t know where you are going it doesn’t matter which road you take. Any road will get you there.”

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Topics: Strategic Planning, Strategy - How, Key Attribution Framework, 3HAG WAY, Swimlanes

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

Find Your White Space - Key Attribution Framework

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 18, 2021

When Positioning Systems started in 1998 my intention was to help businesses discover their unique and valuable position. For 20 years I helped business create messages to differentiate from their competition. Jack Trout and Al Ries’ classic marketing book Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind provided this impetus. A classic positioning example was 7-Up’s, The Uncola!

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Topics: strategy, strategy decisions, Strategy - How, Low-Cost Strategy, Differentiation Strategy, Strategy Question, Competitive Strategy, Key Attribution Framework, 3HAG WAY

The Power in Your Market Place

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 11, 2021

Michael Porter’s Definition of Strategy is: the creation of a unique and valuable position, involving a different set of activities.

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Topics: strategy, market dynamics, Strategy - How, Differentiation Strategy, 3HAG WAY

Strategy Question - What Makes Your Brand Unique?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jan 4, 2021

Let’s take two quick surveys today.

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Topics: strategy, competitive advantage, Strategy - How, Differentiation Strategy, Competitive Strategy, 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

How to Create Clarity, Growth, Momentum – Your Flywheel

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Jun 15, 2020

Clarity has its rewards.

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Topics: Build up to Breakthrough Flywheel, strategy decisions, Strategy - How, Turning the Flywheel, Flywheel, bezonomics, brian dumaine

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

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