Lead with a Coherent Strategy

Coaching Tip

Too many business leaders are preoccupied with the next answer to growth and find themselves stretched thin – trying to play in too many disparate markets and pursuing multiple strategies and directions that undermine rather than reinforce each other. As a result, they forgo the right to win in any market. . Way to play: They make a deliberate choice about how to add value in the market – e.g., as a value player, an experience provider, an aggregator, etc. .

How Likely Is Your Industry to Be Disrupted? This 2×2 Matrix Will Tell You

Harvard Business

For the former, we examined the presence and market penetration of disruptor companies; we also considered incumbents’ financial performance. Multinational beer companies have responded by investing in or acquiring large craft brewers such as Lagunitas, Craft Brew Alliance, and Goose Island to gain an immediate foothold in the market. Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods is forcing many incumbents in the grocery segment to rethink their go-to-market strategies.

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When a Country is Facing Political and Human Rights Issues, Should Businesses Leave or Stay?

Harvard Business

Questions like this involving issues like politics, human rights, or equality often present themselves sooner or later for any business operating in global markets. Over the course of the last few decades, multinationals have entered and left “frontier markets” like Venezuela, Cuba, Iran, Vietnam, Myanmar, and others. ” The company was and remains present in troubled markets like Cuba, Myanmar, Syria, and Venezuela. Steve Bronstein/Getty Images.

Recommended Resources – An Interview with Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi, authors of The Essential Advantage

Strategy Driven

In The Essential Advantage : How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy , Booz & Company’s Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi maintain that success in any market accrues to firms with a coherence premium – a tight match between their strategic direction and the capabilities that make them unique. PL and CM: Turbulent markets demand focus and discipline. You look at adjacent markets. And, invariably, you invest in assets.

The Three Decisions You Need to Own

Harvard Business Review

At many companies the total cash investment in acquisitions, R&D, and fixed assets has not earned back its cost of capital after adjusting for the time lag in realizing incremental benefits. It was the first time a vice chair would be based in an emerging market. Decision making Leadership CEOs face countless decisions. The best executives understand which ones they need to focus on and which ones they can delegate.

Say “No” to Innovation-in-General

Harvard Business Review

But as we accept that leadership comes in many forms, from managing crises to coaching employees, we need to do the same when it comes to innovation. It’s the continuous technological innovations that will exploit your fixed asset base. It’s the reverse innovations to help you penetrate new markets and return lessons from different geographies. I had just arrived at a conference on entrepreneurship and the only panel I wanted to see was starting.