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Are you frustrated by the lack of results in your strategic planning efforts?

We are interested in your thoughts: Why doesn’t your strategic planning process work? – please take our confidential survey by clicking on: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/9RHF6PS Many CEOs would like to make their strategic planning process more effective – what areas would you like to enhance? Are you frustrated by the laundry lists without priorities? How do you decide […]

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Etsy: Can a company outgrow its Niche?

by Margaret Lawrence Etsy is often described as the “world’s largest flea market”. Since its beginnings in 2005, the company has created a vibrant on-line community of buyers and sellers of “handmade” and vintage items as well as craft supplies, it’s the online home for hobbyists who want to operate on a small scale. Etsy’s […]

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Strategy: Turning Trash into Treasure

By Denise Harrison, Executive Vice President and COO Discussions concerning waste disposal and environmental impact are showing up more frequently during strategic plan development. With disposal costs and environmental regulations increasing, companies are finding creative ways to deal with their waste. Here is one example. Cheese Brine Cheese production in Wisconsin is big business; – […]

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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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