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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

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

Six Common Strategy Traps & Six Winning Strategy Signs

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Dec 9, 2019

There is no perfect strategy—nothing can guarantee your business a sustainable competitive advantage.

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Topics: strategy, strategy decisions, Playing To Win, Strategy - How, Strategy Traps, Winning 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

Is Your Business Strategy Built to Win?

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Nov 4, 2019

Few companies have a clear, concisely considered, compelling winning strategy in place.

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Topics: strategy, Playing To Win, Your Winning Aspiration, How To Win, Strategy - How

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

Avoid A Blockbuster Failure – Red Team

Posted by Douglas A Wick on Mon, Aug 26, 2019

“Want of foresight, unwillingness to act when action would be simple and effective, lack of clear thinking, confusion of counsel until the emergency comes, until self-preservation strikes its jarring gong—these are the features which constitute the endless repetition of history.” —Sir Winston Churchill

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Topics: Disruptive Strategies, Digital Disruption, Strategy - How, Strategy vs. Planning, Red Team

Why & How Rackspace Changed Its Strategy

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

Can a business with lousy service reverse their strategy to become fanatical about customer support?

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Topics: Switch, change, strategy, strategy decisions, Strategy - How, Rackspace

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