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Silos, End-to-End, and a Glimmer of Hope

Some years ago I was asked to take a look at whether or not Kraft should divest a particular manufacturing operation. The operation was on the supplier end of the value chain and senior management was not favorably inclined to...

Leading Innovation

Some people are just more naturally creative, more innovative. We all know this to be true. But there’s good news for the innovatively-challenged: everyone can cultivate five virtues to lead innovation. Integrity – It turns out this is the key...

The Forces Blocking Value Chain Innovation

So, you’ve got an initiative like lean or six sigma up and running –check. You’ve seen some tangible benefits –check. While it has been harder than expected, you’re still moving forward –check. Senior management just increased your goals well beyond...

Five Things to Make Transformations More Successful

Here’s a sobering reality: ten years from now 70% of the Fortune 1000 will no longer be on the list. Which also means, at some point, the vast majority of businesses will be confronted with the need to restructure or...

The Failure of Traditional Strategy

There are a lot of similarities between many of the companies I've worked with over the last 30 years. I really like them and the people I've work with. Many have iconic brands that dominate their respective categories and are...

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