Category Archives: Strategy

Don’t Throw the Good Ideas Out With the Fads

I had a conversation yesterday with a person who feels that the use of social technology in organizations is a passing fad, much like other fads supporting the importance of “innovation” and “collaboration.” It got me thinking about why good … Continue reading

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The Phone and the Organization

Take a minute to watch this instructional video from 1954 on how to dial a rotary telephone Now take a minute to think about how new these concepts must have seemed to people in 1954. Now take another minute to … Continue reading

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The connection between digital media, (almost) infinite choice and strategy execution

The first questions we ask a client who is interested in using digital media have to do with the quality of their strategy execution processes. In fact, this initial questionnaire is front-loaded with these sorts of questions. Why is this … Continue reading

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Turning TEDxBloomington Ideas Into Action

TEDxBloomington was a great event that brought together local government officials, citizens, students, researchers, celebrities, employees, business owners, to share knowledge about today and ideas for the future. A question that was on many lips and on even more minds … Continue reading

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Why Your Org Chart Might Be Distracting from Strategy Execution

I have been spending a decent amount of time recently with political scientists, behavioral economists and their research. Why? Because they study how groups of people make decisions and get things done. During a talk on group behavior this afternoon … Continue reading

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Still Having Trouble Figuring Out the ROI of Using Digital Media? Check Your Organizational Goals.

The return on any investment depends on what return i expect to gain, and how soon i hope to gain it. If the return i hope to gain on running marathons or going to bed early is to get a … Continue reading

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You Might Be Unstrategic If..

Many people think a good strategy or a strategy process must be complicated.¬†As a result, many organizations either institute highly-complicated strategy processes, or they choose not to institute any at all. Either way, the result is usually not good for … Continue reading

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Does our staff know why we need a strategy?

Does our staff know why we need a strategy? A friend wrote this to me yesterday, hinting at the fact that some people in his organization question the need for strategy. More accurately, these people probably question the usefulness of … Continue reading

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Trade-Offs and New Media

As new media begin to be used widely, it is helpful for us to consider the views of people who feel that new media will change the world for the better, and those who feel that it will change the … Continue reading

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Your business isn’t all about the numbers. The numbers are all about your business.

There is a general spoken and unspoken idea that businesses are all about “the numbers.” I’d like to suggest an alternate idea: Your business isn’t all about the numbers. The numbers are all about your business. Businesses who focus on … Continue reading

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