Strategy

Your Business Of Tomorrow

Comcast, one of the world’s largest cable companies, offers a provocative line in a radio advertisement: “You can’t build the business of tomorrow on the network of yesterday.” Does this make you think? Are you relying on antiquated systems and processes that barely serve the needs of your employees, your Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Entrepreneurship

Enabling Yes Part 2

I was very impressed with a firm I met with in Montreal this past week: They are seen as a partner with their customers, not merely a vendor They see pressures to drive down their costs as an opportunity to innovate and increase their ability to compete The owners are Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Entrepreneurship

Enabling Yes

Businesses that thrive lead, not follow. I believe it was Wayne Gretzky who espoused the notion that you need to focus on where the puck is going to be, not where it is in this moment. This is great advice in business as well. I attended an off-site retreat with Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Strategy

Strategy Versus Execution

Harvard Business Review has an interesting article created by PriceWaterhouseCoopers: In a 2013 survey of nearly 700 executives across a variety of industries, our firm asked respondents to rate the effectiveness of the top leaders of their companies. How many excelled at strategy? How many excelled at execution? … These Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Leadership

Durable Competitive Advantage

In a video on Yahoo Finance called “A Crash Course on Competitive Advantage“, the hosts of this Motley Fool Video describe insights from Michael Porter, a professor at Harvard Business School. Porter defines competitive advantage as a function of either: providing comparable buyer value more efficiently than competitors (low cost), Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago
Making the complex simple

Victor or Victim?

The difference between the victors and victims, winners and losers, the magnificent and the mediocre is their ability to conduct business differently from the competition. What do I mean by “conduct business differently?” It means to: leverage the results for every investment you make, activity you support and opportunity you Read more…

By Dave Gardner, ago