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Us vs. Them is a Losing Game

Category: Strategy

A common method used to rally the troops is to identify a common enemy that all can agree to hate and unite to defeat. This common purpose makes all other differences small in comparison.

Over the years, this militaristic approach has been adopted by many companies and corporations. The united enemy is usually the competition. For instance, the company my father worked for was number four in market share. One year the vision and all strategies centered around the goal of becoming number two.

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The Power of the Paradox

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“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function.” F. Scott Fitzgerald.

A paradox occurs when you are able to achieve what appears to be two contradictory goals at the same time. For instance, to see the big picture and also analyze the details is a paradox. Similarly, so is to envision the future and act on it now.

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Is Your New Year’s Resolution a Good Goal?

Category: Strategy

I once watched a webinar presented by Patrick Thean, CEO of Gazelles Systems entitled ‘Is Your Annual Plan Helping You Double Your Business?’ At this time when so many people are setting New Year’s resolutions, I found the topic particularly apt.

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Don’t Sweep it Under the Carpet

Category: Strategy

As a young child, when asked to clean my room it was not uncommon for me to do the least amount of work and sweep the dirt and dust under the bed or carpet. At first this was a fine solution. I quickly finished the dreaded chore and was back to playing. And then one day my mom looked under the bed. Needless to say, it was a game changer in my home.

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Planning Simplified

Category: Strategy

Sarah runs a mental health agency and for her to move it to the next level, she needed to acquire a clinical license. This important strategic priority enabled her to expand the business and serve more people in need. This task was a complex undertaking that involved moving forward in several areas all that the same time.

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The Focus Paradox

Category: Strategy

I remember running a management seminar 14 years ago when I first started my business. The first session covered time management because my belief is that we cannot make lasting changes in how we manage people, or anything in our lives, unless and until we find the time to be aware of our actions. It is a hard fact that it takes more time and energy to do things differently than it does to keep doing them the way we’ve always done them.

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Small Biz is Different from Big Biz

Category: Strategy

Have you ever had that moment when you suddenly had a core belief proven to be accurate? Or perhaps found proof that it’s not only accurate but also more important than you realized?

 

I had one of those moments. While reading Corporate Lifecycles by Ichak Adizes, I had my belief that small businesses are different from larger organizations both confirmed and explained. I don’t want to bore you with all the geeky details (if you don’t think this is geeky I suggest you read the book or ask me more about it when you see me) so I will summarize it simply by stating:

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