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Sony: Results are in – Sony’s Strategy Results in Record Profit

By Denise Harrison In 2014, Kazuo Hirai, Sony CEO, sought to rekindle the firm’s creativity.   In the 20​th ​ century Sony had a market leadership position in several segments of the consumer electronics industry. For example, its Sony Walkman® exemplified Sony’s ability to harness its technical expertise, providing consumers with easy-to-use electronic devices.  But by […]

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Over 70% of Executives Surveyed Agree: Strategic Planning Efforts Lack a Systematic Approach

By Denise Harrison Many senior executives struggle to define a consistent approach to strategic planning.  How does it all fit together?  What information is necessary?  How do we prevent the process from becoming analysis/paralysis? Executives want a consistent process that: Looks systematically at external factors that influence the organization Evaluates internal strengths, weaknesses and competitive […]

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Are You Preventing Your Company from Growing? How You and Your Leadership Team Could Be Causing Bottlenecks

By Denise Harrison One CEO complained that his financial person was preventing his company from growing.  How was that possible?  Over the years when issues arose, the financial person would develop a system of checks and balances that would prevent the issue from occurring again.  While conceptually it is good to have policies and procedures […]

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March to a Different Drummer – Part 3

Denise Harrison Note:  This article is part of a series taken from Denise Harrison’s article March to a Different Drummer originally published in Compass Points in August 2002.  Although this article was written in 2002, this discussion is timeless.  In Part One, published July 1, 2016, we introduced the series.  In Part Two, published July 22, we discussed some Historical […]

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March to a Different Drummer – Part Two

Denise Harrison Note:  This article is part of a series taken from Denise Harrison’s article March to a Different Drummer originally published in Compass Points in August 2002.  Although this article was written in 2002, this discussion is timeless.  In Part One, published July 1, 2016, we introduced the series. Historical Examples Many East Coast readers fondly remember Piedmont […]

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March to a Different Drummer – Part One

Denise Harrison Note:  This article is part of a series taken from Denise Harrison’s article March to a Different Drummer originally published in Compass Points in August 2002.  Although this article was written in 2002, this discussion is timeless. “Get big fast or go home!” was the mantra of venture capitalists. Webvan spent $830 million to expand into 26 […]

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CVS Envisions a Different Future

By Denise Harrison Over the years CVS has transitioned its business from a traditional drug store format to become more of a health care company.  Why?  Some trends indicated that more profitability came from its sale of prescription drugs, so a focus on health care rather than consumer products made sense.  To further its movement […]

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