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10 Tips for Making a Successful Acquisition

Mark Zuckerberg’s acquisition of Oculus only took three and a half days. Your acquisitions will likely not be as quick or as easy, but there are ways to cut out some of the red tape and ensure they will be just as fruitful as Facebook’s.

Lynn Russo Whylly Leadership & Strategy , Strategy April 18 2014

Six Key Elements of Strategic Thinking for CEOs

Strategic thinking emphasizes the need to balance today’s performance with future opportunity in order to manage risk and navigate through the uncertainty of the business landscape. The ability to think strategically sparks new ideas and future business propositions that are the lifeblood of long-term success, but many CEOs and senior executives continuously struggle to look past the present and put the future in focus. In fact, Chief Executive magazine has previously reported that a staggering seven out of 10 leaders don’t consider themselves to be strategic. So, where have all the strategic leaders gone?

Samantha Howland CEO Briefing Newsletter , Leadership & Strategy , Strategy September 20 2013

Repeatability: Build Enduring Businesses for a World of Constant Change

Three organizational design principles are at the core of many enduring business models. Some companies show a common simplicity in executing the strategy.

Chris Zook and James Allen Leadership & Strategy , Strategy April 2 2012

Is Your Company Missing the Boat on Pricing Opportunities?

A recent survey shows that most companies are timid when it comes to price increases. But, by shifting policy to optimized pricing, companies can shift the battle to where their strengths lie — in their ability to deliver unique benefits. All indications are that price optimization is invaluable, and helps prevent a brand from becoming a commodity.

Ed Sullivan Marketing & Sales , Sales , Strategy August 15 2011
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Why Businesses Should Shift from Cost Management to Cost Leadership

Instead of cost management, it’s time for CEOs to practice cost leadership. Cost leadership is reflected in a culture that, independent of macroeconomic circumstances, pursues a low cost, high-quality, customer-centric approach to managing the business. By doing this, you can turn cost consciousness into a strategic position and sustain your business.

Jonathan Schiff and Allen Schiff Global Business , Leadership & Strategy , Operations , Strategy June 17 2011

Why U.S. Telecom Companies Need to Get Out of the Pipeline Business

The U.S. telecom landscape is shifting quickly and companies rethinking their traditional business models. No longer are service providers known positively for their infrastructure (AT&T is blamed when there’s a dropped call on a beloved iPhone), but rather phone companies are praised for their products. To solve these problems, the U.S. should look to India.

Vijay Govindarajan and Jan Timothy Woodcock Operations , Outsourcing , Strategy June 14 2011
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Tying Social Software to Business Metrics that Matter

Many companies are interested in implementing (or already have implemented) social software in an attempt to streamline processes and increase employee communication. Often times, however, the new software is not integrated across the company in a way that makes it useful and lasting.

John Hagel and John Seely Brown Business Software , Internet , Leadership & Strategy , Strategy , Technology June 10 2011
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A Low-Tech Case Study: How Mac-Gray Took Laundry Digital

Laundry (a task that everyone has to do) is not a high-tech industry or one where you would expect digital innovation. It has, however, been drastically improved with the advent of LaundryView. Here’s how Mac-Gray made washing your clothes cutting edge and less of a hassle.

Tim Bourgeois Strategy , Technology June 10 2011

Why You Should Pay Attention to Digital Strategy & Corporate Innovation

Digital strategy implementation is no longer a choice, it is a necessity. And a compelling website is now the price-of-admission in most industries. Even in low-tech industries, exploring digital strategies and innovation can revolutionize a business.

Tim Bourgeois Leadership & Strategy , Leadership & Strategy , Strategy , Technology June 9 2011

The Path to Energy Abundance

An Aggressive Exploration Strategy is Paying Off for Maverick Anadarko CEO Jim Hackett.

ChiefExecutive.net Leadership , Strategy April 28 2010

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