Category: Strategic Planning

Assessing Risk: The Cloud Has No History

Cloud computing seems to be the perfect technology for people with short attention spans. As I watch the commercials and read the ads about trusting the cloud for business, I keep wondering how these firms have established their credibility and garnered trust. The answer is, they earn trust only so far as trust is built.

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Why SWOT Isn’t As Good without Scenarios

I grew up reading George Steiner on strategic planning. George didn’t write or teach about SWOT, he wrote about WOTS-UP, which I think was a more colloquial and accessible way to state: weaknesses, opportunities, threats and strengths. And he used it long before Budweiser and their famous What’s Up campaign. Regardless of the phrase we.

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How Twitter Could have Planned for Success

Twitter’s Biz Stone bemoans the company’s lack of foresight during a Tavis Smiley interview today (Twitter Co-founder: "I wish we could have predicted it.") In anticipation of this topic, I wrote: Why Start-Ups Need More Strategic Planning, and Why Investors Should Help Provide It back in December, and I think is worth a re-read today..

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How Microsoft Should Redefine it’s Tablet Strategy

My first review of a Tablet PC was posted this morning at Tablet PC Magazine. I looked at the Dell Inspiron Duo. The hardware was solid, but was missing a few key features (like video out). The real problem was Windows 7. Windows 7 is not designed for touch on a high resolution screen. You.

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5 Ways to Own Vision

  5 Ways to Own Vision Organizations that behave strategically own vision. A good vision becomes operational. If the vision sits out at the 10-year horizon and never finds its way into operational influence, it is nothing but a meaningless historical artifact. Here are 5 ways to own vision: Start using the vision as a.

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HP Breaking the Redmond Dependency–A Tale of Two Strategies, Two Futures

Nokia’s Stephen Elop is getting some grief for his choice of Windows to fuel his company’s new SmartPhones. (see Grief and disbelief greet Elop’s Nokia revolution)  Over at HP, CEO Apotheker is dumping Microsoft in favor of its own OS (Global CIO: HP Mobile Dump Of Microsoft Is Brilliant). These are two strategic visions heading.

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Economic Balance Can’t Come from Sovereign State Policy Makers

Today’s strategy+business article, A Continuous Quest for Economic Balance, discusses what countries must do to balance their economies. It starts, in its first sentence, revealing a bias by focusing on “what cracks the storm [the economic crisis] revealed in the foundations of national economies.” I think there is a larger crack that appeared during the.

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Strategy: What Nokia Needs to Do To Survive

Stephen Elop’s leaked Nokia strategy memo (full text here at the WSJ TechEurope blog) has caused a bit of a stir. At the center of the memo is uncertainty. The message he gives is that people need to embrace uncertainty like the man in his allegorical burning platform, jump into icy waters and be transformed..

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Why Visions Aren’t Future Mission Statements

Why visions aren’t future mission statements A mission is a statement clearly defines why an organization exists. It should be short and very clear. It should differentiate the organization from its competitors. Why an organization exists should state unique value. A vision states should be aspirational and forward-looking. It should derive from, and complement the mission statement without restating.

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Why Start-Ups Need More Strategic Planning, and Why Investors Should Help Provide It

Single-minded passion for the idea. That is a typical of what people think about when think about the success of a new product or service. The individual and his or her team that tirelessly drive toward their vision. The problem is, visions don’t exist in a vacuum. I have said this to startups for years..

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