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Google, Three Forces Blocking Innovation, & What To Do About It

The recent Forbes article talks about the new rules in place for Google’s 20% Time ; the time they give employees every week to work on new innovations. And I agree they needed to put some structure around it to...

Sirens, Scylla, & Charybdis: Why Your Strategic Initiative Needs an Experienced Captain & Crew

In Greek mythology, ship captains had to safely pass the Sirens “whose sweet singing” lured sailors to their doom; Scylla, a devouring six-headed monster (the rock) on one side of a narrow passageway; and Charybdis, a swirling, un-navigable whirlpool (the...

Driving Innovation & Industry Leadership in CPG with IT Strategy

Strategy isn't just about being better than the competition. It's about being different; something that eludes most consumer products businesses. I’ll come right out and say it so you can decide if you want to read on: It’s high time...

Line Extensions, Lean Six Sigma, and Getting Beyond the Status Quo

When you’re a teenager driving a two-tone (not counting the rust) ’64 Ford Fairlane salvaged from a front-end collision and your friend has a hot ’67 SS Chevelle (the SS stood for Super Sport) with a 400 horsepower 396 cubic...

Assessing Senior Leader Alignment

One of the most common root causes of a strategic initiative stalling out is the lack of senior leadership alignment. Maybe senior leaders say they support the initiative but they don’t really walk their talk. Or they prioritize the initiative...

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