Strategy

Lately, the CEOs and executives I advise tell me: “There’s no time to wait!” For some, it’s because the urgency of their business is so great, they feel they cannot afford to pause – for anything. Their focus is solely on keeping pace: staying afloat; meeting intensive demand; adapting to changing protocols; leaping over the
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“Our private sector must stop taking cues from the Outrage-Industrial Complex…From election law to environmentalism to radical social agendas to the Second Amendment, parts of the private sector keep dabbling in behaving like a woke parallel government.” —Senator Mitch McConnell (R- KY) The gauntlet has been thrown. How do companies maximize shareholder value while minimizing brand
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While “pandemic” was bestowed the honor of being named Merriam-Webster’s “Word of the Year” for the tumultuous stretch of days and months that was 2020, it is another contender, “reset,” which I feel may very well linger within our collective psyche. We have been continuously asked, compelled and, in a lot of ways, forced to
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According to a 2020 survey, executives spent 44% of their time on non-strategic activities, including day-to-day tactical efforts, unproductive tasks and meetings, politics and firefighting, and convincing others to listen to their point of view. Why do so many companies come up short in their strategy planning and implementation? Because their CEOs end up playing
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The floodgates have opened for late-stage growth companies backed by venture capital (VC) to finally reach the public markets. Although the initial months of Covid-19 caused volatility and uncertainty in the markets, initial public offerings (IPOs) took off in the second half of 2020. The full-year tallies were remarkable: 102 traditional IPOs raised $222 billion,
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I’ve always been interested in the growing convergence between individuals and their businesses. One particular trend in this growing intersection is a type of corporate personification in which companies now have visions and values, just like people, and people now have missions—just like companies. I know exactly what my personal mission is: to live my
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On Tuesday, GameStop reported Q4 earnings, its first earnings announcement since the short squeeze. Press and investor focus on the announcement was intense, and many investors were unable to dial into the earnings call, presumably because day traders had filled the line. Significant share price volatility followed the earnings announcement—including a 34% plunge the next day— serving
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Although the pandemic has probably changed the way we work forever, the fundamentals of leading great teams remain timeless – even when you’re working remotely. Having spent the past year with virtual teams, I can attest to the importance of embracing the following leadership essentials. It’s almost axiomatic that great teams can still move mountains
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Given that transformation is now a fixture of every leader’s job description, and since there is no more dangerous position in business than muddling along and clinging to the status quo, perhaps it’s time for the phrase “leading change” to be declared redundant. To lead is to change and it requires refining how your company
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