Author: Daniel W. Rasmus

Once and Future Strategic Planning

Once and Future Strategic Planning Strategic planning is a cycle. It’s like reading Finnegans Wake. No beginning and no end. The participant keeps negotiating with the middle. Some organizations have a great desire to grapple with their place in the world, in a market. That struggle of definition can, and perhaps should, take on two.

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Strategy and Technology Transform Industrial Age Assumptions

Employing industrial age points-of-view are something all organizations should be examining closely. By applying an industrial age lens, efficiency and productivity suggest the first order metrics: how do I generate more money (or save more money) over the same period of time.  A report by Eric Felten in the Wall Street Journal (In Praise Of.

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Checklist: Internal Strategic Plan Marketing

If a strategic plan is to be inclusive in its development, then the idea of a strategic plan and the particular instance within any given organization needs to include a marketing program and a communication plan. Keep your organization on track by communicating how you think about the future, and the future you think about..

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America’s Promise: Improving College Graduation Rates

Improving College Graduation Rates Improving College Graduation Rates…I applaud the Obama administration and its efforts to improve graduation rates within the nation’s schools. Like many other plans that come out of Washington D.C., it isn’t the right program for local schools or individual students. What is needed are not new Federal mandates, but local engagement.

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Lessons from The Pursuit of Dominance in Search

Lessons from The Pursuit of Dominance in Search This strategic lesson comes from a strategy that by its very size precludes serious consideration of alternatives. Firms that don’t have the vision to challenge their own assumptions will falter. The big search firms hold at strategic positions tied too closely to their own success. More importantly,.

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Strategy, Values and Mission Statements

Many organizations attempt too much with their mission statement. They try to incorporate everything they can because they believe that if people reading the mission don’t walk away understanding what they are about, then they may have missed their opportunity. As a poet, I have learned that saying too much often makes people miss the.

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Strategy: Rethinking Competition

Strategy: Rethinking Competition Rethinking competition…We all know who the competition is. Well, we really don’t. Or at least we don’t all agree even when setting the context. I often run an exercise where members of a board are asked to write down their firm’s top 5 competitors. The top 5 competitors often becomes a list.

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Thinking Out Loud: Handcrafted Strategy

Thinking Out Loud: Handcrafted Strategy Handcrafted Strategy…I am preparing for a strategy session on Monday. Each of them is different. A process isn’t a process isn’t a process. If you approach strategy as a way to drive strategic thinking rather than check-off boxes in a flowchart, it is imperative that you envision where you want.

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The Disneyland Resort and Strategic Misadventures

The Disneyland Resort and Strategic Misadventures Disneyland Resort and Strategic Misadventures…Disneyland, or the Disneyland Resort as it is now called, is going through yet another transformation. An Orange Coast article (California [Mis}adventure) outlines the strategic missteps Disney has taken over the years with its “second gate” designed to keep people on property and keep them.

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Strategy and What Not To Do: The US National Debt

Strategy and What Not To Do: The US National Debt as an Example Strategy and What Not To Do:…Strategy is as much about what not to do as it is about what to do. The US Government as a whole (vs. the slices the parties claim as theirs) lacks a sense of strategy. If they.

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