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Sit still or move forward?

Conventional wisdom has it that sitting still is a strategic disaster – especially in high tech, but also in more mundane industries.  As with many chestnuts I hear in strategic planning meetings, this one is both true and false.  It’s true because the world will continue to move on with or without your company – […]

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Social Media and Strategic Planning

By Denise Harrison, EVP and COO Some companies are using social media to position themselves as thought leaders in their industry; others are using it to provide information and better customer service. Other companies are perplexed at how social media can help them. There are many examples of how to use the various forms of […]

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Lessons Learned: How Good Strategy Can Be Hurt by Poor Execution-Caterpillar Identifies an Attractive Market; but Outcome Hurts Bottom-Line

By Denise Harrison, Executive Vice President & COO “As part of Caterpillar’s strategy the company has identified the mining industry and improved support of its customers as one of Caterpillar’s key imperatives.” (Press release, 11/10/11) What trends did Caterpillar see that made the mining industry attractive?  The trends that were identified included: Current and future […]

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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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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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Finding Resistance

By Robert W. Bradford, President/CEO In strategy, you will inevitably find resistance to your plans.  This resistance is sometimes forceful, and other times something you can overcome with resources and effort.  An interesting question is how to deal with resistance.  Should you always push hard to overcome resistance to your strategic objectives (probably not) – […]

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