Tag Archives: Strategy

The Death Ground Strategy: Create A Sense of Urgency

Happy New Year! I want to set the tone for the 2024 first post this year: Acting with a sense of urgency.

There is no better way to do that than fighting with your back against the wall. This is called the death-ground strategy. Though initially a military tactic, this ancient strategy holds profound implications for personal and professional growth. The Death-Ground Strategy is based on placing oneself in a ‘do or die’ situation, where failure is not an option. In such scenarios, people often find untapped reservoirs of courage, determination, and focus.

How To Make Culture Your Advantage

Imagine this: your employees wake up excited to come to work. They feel valued, heard, and empowered to do their best. Collaboration flows naturally, and creativity sparks around every corner. This isn’t a utopia – it’s the reality for companies that have unlocked the power of culture – their secret weapon for success.

Focus on the Problem Customers Have, Not What the Competition is Doing

I recently had a conversation with a friend who owns a marketing agency. My friend, although very smart, has a very deep tendency to see what competitors are doing and is constantly reacting to what others do. This puts him, and his business, in a bad position. Most business leaders run their businesses the same way, looking at what others do.

Build Your Strategy Around These 12 Things That Won’t Change

Most businesses base their strategy on what is, rarely looking out into the future to consider what’s going to change. Better businesses look out into the future, embrace it, and base their strategy around it. The future is uncertain, it’s a range of possibilities, which makes it difficult to plan for. It’s why most business leaders want to know “What’s going to change in the future?”, it’s a common question. But, a better question is “What’s not going to change in the next ten years?”

Beyond the Echo Chamber: Breaking Free and Thinking for Yourself

Ask Elon. Read what Elon is saying. It seems to me that’s how people get their insights nowadays. Easy. Want to know what’s hard? Forming your own point of view and thinking for yourself. It’s hard because you have to do the work.

10 Lessons in Strategy from the Mastermind Napoleon Bonaparte

Trying out something a little different today. Strategic thinking is one of my favorite topics, and Napoleon Bonaparte is one of my favorite people to study for lessons on strategic thinking. So, today I’m going to give you a list of lessons I’ve learned from one of the greatest military strategists in history.

Long-Term Thinking Escapes Competition

How did Amazon succeed? By playing the long game. Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, is known for his long-term thinking approach to business. And, long-term thinking has paid off for Amazon. Think about AWS and Kindle, bets that have changed the world.