Perhaps The Greatest Strategic Business Decisions of all Time

By | May 18th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy planning|

Apple is renowned as a leader of innovation that embodies design, style and ease of use, but the company was not always viewed in such glowing terms. In fact, in the late 90’s Apple was on the brink of a buyout or at risk of disappearing altogether, leaving Microsoft as champion of the great “PC [...]

The Need for Strategic Change in Mobile Financial Services

By | April 26th, 2017|Business technology news, Leadership|

In a recent Global Banking & Finance article, we discussed the mobile revolution in financial services and the need to be strategic and plan for the future. Banking is becoming increasingly digital, with mobile at the heart of the experience. According to Forrester, “mobile banking is the most important strategic change in retail banking in [...]

Spotlight on Strategy: Successfully Transitioning the C-Suite

By | April 20th, 2017|Leadership, StrategyBlocks|

The Greek philosopher Heraclitus of Ephesus said, “change is the only constant in life.” For businesses all over the world, change is truly the only predictable factor in terms of strategy and management. Transitioning C-suite leadership is one of the most impactful changes that happens within the management scene of a company. The integration period [...]

The Power of Emotional Intelligence

By | April 18th, 2017|Leadership|

Emotional intelligence is a term that is constantly popping up in business conversation, especially when talking about the skills needed to succeed and become a good leader. By now, most people probably agree that IQ, technical and theoretical skills won’t cut it in today’s competitive business landscape. In fact, studies have found that people with [...]

The Great Balancing Act: How to Strategize Your Way to Better Customer Relationships

By | April 12th, 2017|Leadership, Strategic management solutions, Strategy planning|

You’ve heard it before; the digital age has given rise to a customer-driven economy. To remain relevant and especially to grow in this environment it is critical that companies strategize to align with customer demands and expectations. A customer-centric sales strategy starts by understanding the customer journey. This task, when done correctly, illuminates a company’s [...]

The Power of People in Strategic Transformations

By | April 10th, 2017|Business technology news, Leadership, StrategyBlocks|

Organizational transformation can be a challenge, but in order to evolve and adapt with the moving business landscape we must be prepared to face these challenges head on. C-Suite leaders are responsible for these types of transformation: they are responsible to improve efficiency, embrace innovation, and make changes work. However, there are obstacles to overcome [...]

What Toddlers Can Teach Us About Business Strategy

By | April 3rd, 2017|Leadership, StrategyBlocks|

The world was recently captivated by 40 seconds of video that has been affectionately referred to as “BBC Dad” in many online circles. Professor and Korea-expert Robert E. Kelly is invaded by his two charming children, with plans of their own, while he courageously tries to move on with a BBC interview discussing the state [...]

How To Bring the ‘Sexy Back’ to Your Strategy

By | March 28th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy planning|

In a recent article with M&M Global, we discussed Justin Timberlake and what he brings to the table in terms of strategy.  As a former Star Search contestant, ex-alum of the Mickey Mouse Club, boy band phenom, and singing and movie star sensation his long-term success certainly shows he knows how to bring ‘sexy back” [...]

The Best of Corporate Strategy & Execution

By | March 20th, 2017|Leadership, Strategy planning, StrategyBlocks|

Business change can be hard. Everything from managing the disruption of digital transformation, integrating agile business practices, building a culture of innovation or shifting business priorities to monetize new revenue streams, requires significant change throughout the entire operation. That’s why many companies have relied on organizational methods and strategy-making processes for years, in order to [...]

New Thinking Is Required For Digital Transformation: Part 3: Competing In An Agile Digital World

By | March 16th, 2017|Leadership, Strategic management solutions|

By now it’s clear that companies must embrace digital transformation to remain competitive and relevant. I have previously looked at the importance of giving people the right skills, as well as transitioning from outdated legacy systems into fully digital solutions. Now it’s time to talk about the need to acknowledge that digital transformation is also [...]