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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 Four

By 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 […]

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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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Lessons Learned: Flint, Michigan

By Denise Harrison, Senior Consultant How do you anticipate unexpected outcomes from good ideas?  Flint, Michigan under financial duress made many decisions to improve its financial condition.   One decision was to change its water source from Detroit Water Sewerage Department (DWSD) to an alternative, cheaper source.  The three year transition plan was put in place.  […]

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