Strategy at the Speed of Business: Don’t Be a Kraft. Be a Dane.

68,000. That’s how many pages were generated in one quarterly planning update back in the day at Kraft Foods. I know because I collected and laid out all the binders –holding just the final presentations from all the business units down to the category level– on the Kraft board room conference table so the CEO […]

Why Developing Strategy Should Be Fast and Adjustments Frequent

Intro Kraft Foods took a monstrously long time to develop its strategic plan back in the day. I’m talking months and months. Operations would start building product cost estimates beginning in early June. Marketing began building their plans early in the third quarter. And finance, well finance was always planning. Granted, Kraft was a $40B […]

Why You Need A Proper Worldview of Your Business

Intro Fifteen years ago two words came together to form the name of a new business: “Think” and “Way”. The combination of those two words were no accident. It represents a worldview that drives everything about ThinkWay from how people are viewed, client selection, the nature of products and services, views on profits and investments, […]

Your Strategy’s Teleology: Setting Strategic Intent First

The Theory Teleology is the explanation for something as a function of its end, purpose or goal. The teleology of a saw is to cut, a hammer to pound, a conveyor to convey. In other words, the teleology or purpose of these things, the reason they were designed in the first place, is to accomplish […]

Labor Shortage? Tap Into An Emerging Market Of Highly Skilled, Available Workers

Looking for workers? Good news. A large pool of highly qualified workers is emerging. While the media is telling us daily “there’s no end in sight” for the labor shortage, that’s not totally true for everyone. In fact, there is an emerging pool of highly skilled workers quickly becoming available to small businesses (and astute […]

Moody’s “Predicts” ESG Scores for Private Businesses

The Great Reset and ESG (Environmental, Social, Governance) scores are being implemented to fundamentally change the U.S. and the world’s economy from shareholder capitalism to “stakeholder” capitalism. The largest investment firms in the world (e.g., Blackrock, Vanguard, etc.) and the world’s largest banks have already signed on. Large, publicly traded companies are already being evaluated […]

Disruptions Hit Small Businesses Harder

Every disruption since this all began has hurt small businesses far more than large ones. Consider this: Small businesses account for almost all business failures in the last year. Meanwhile, large businesses like Amazon, Walmart and others have flourished. In the face of nationwide worker shortages, employment at large businesses has increased by almost 10%. […]

Buy A Burger, Freeze Your Credit?

Buyer Beware… Mastercard and Doconomy have teamed up to issue a new credit card that freezes your spending when you’ve reached your carbon credit limit.   Target Market They’re counting on it appealing to a younger generation of consumers. From the Doconomy website: “In the spirit of empowering a forward-thinking new generation to become the […]

Strategy For The Vaccination Mandate To Keep The 49% From Quitting

Uncertainty Abounds We don’t have the OSHA temporary order yet, or even know what it says. We’re not certain how they’ll count workers, what they’ll do about businesses with workforce counts that fluctuate seasonally, remote workers, exemptions, enforcement, businesses with multiple EINs, unionized workforces with collective bargaining agreements, how testing will be administered and who […]

Strategy Determines Breakfast

There’s a saying out there attributed to Peter Drucker, the famous management guru: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast”. It’s understandable that business leaders might think this. After all, they put a lot of resources into crafting a strategy for success only to see it fail due to lack of alignment in the organization. But we’ve […]

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