Two Great Thoughts on Strategy


Here’s a site I highly recommend: 800-CEO-READ. Here are a couple recently posted excerpts I like:

In the book, Funky Business, Swedish business “strategy” professors Kjell Nordström and Jonas Ridderstråle ice the cake as they offer these trenchant observations: “The ‘surplus society’ has a surplus of similar companies, employing similar people, with similar educational backgrounds, coming up with similar ideas, producing similar things, with similar prices and similar quality. To succeed we must stop being so damn normal. In a winner-takes-all world, normal = nothing.”

See my post related to this: The Imitation Age
And 12 Ideas to Sell New Ideas

The problem is that no “strategy,” no collection of words no matter how brilliant, will make much difference when it comes to this topic. A “bias for action” is a Deep Cultural issue—the Deep Cultural issue, for that matter. Instilling such a bias begins with the front-line recruiting process and continues all the way to the selection of the CEO. “Doers” were probably frenetically doing by Age 7 … and “ditherers” were probably distractedly dithering by Age 7!

Here’s a cookbook for action in a business recovery

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