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Is an Executive Coach Worth the Time and Cost?

By M. Dana Baldwin, Senior Consultant As a C-level Executive, life in the office can be a lonely experience.  Each executive has few peers, and each of their peers has different responsibilities, different skills, different work atmospheres and different personalities.  While each C-level executive shares some of the same inputs and motivations, each one has […]

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Made the “Nifty Fifty” New Product List and Fought to Make a Dime – Lessons Learned in Protecting Intellectual Property and Partnerships

By Denise Harrison, Executive Vice President & COO Your new product makes the “nifty fifty” list of innovative new product introductions; you envision your picture on the cover of Fortune magazine; and then….you end up in legal battles and with little money.  Here are some lessons learned from one company as it tried to capitalize […]

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Can You Turn Your Threats into Opportunities? By Looking at the Glass Half Full You May Find Significant Growth While your Competition Is Spending Time Mitigating the Threat

  Events threaten us strategically for three reasons:  They threaten our customers, they threaten displacement of our products or services, or they threaten our competitive position.  Each of these types of threats contains an opportunity for innovation hidden within. One of the most basic threats we face is one that threatens our customers.  Simply put, […]

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Dare to be Different – How Choosing a Road Less Traveled Allowed Cummins Engine to Outstrip Their Competition

by Denise Harrison, Executive Vice President & COO Follow the leader – or dare to be different – which works better?  The Center for Simplified Strategic Planning challenges client teams to dare to be different – based on our experience of working with many companies, this approach works best.  We have found that teams that […]

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What Makes a Good Action Plan?

by Robert W. Bradford, President & CEO Looking over action plans with a client this week, I was struck by a comment one of the team members made.  “Some of our action plans” he said, ” have delivered great results, and improvements to our top line and our bottom line…and some have just generated meetings and […]

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