Disruptor League

Matthew E May

If You’re Comfortable With Your Strategy, It Probably Sucks

Does this sound familiar? Your company has spent months coming up with a detailed action plan for the coming years, complete with financial projections illustrating exactly how you will grow share of market and thus revenue, along with a budget. All of that serious documentation gives you great comfort. In fact, everyone feels really good …

If You’re Comfortable With Your Strategy, It Probably Sucks Read More »

The Real Starting Point for Strategy

“If I had the key members of your executive suite all in the same room, would they all be able to articulate the essence of your current strategy clearly and consistently?” I asked the executive vice president of strategy. “Probably not,” she replied. “But I do know we need a new one, because the current …

The Real Starting Point for Strategy Read More »

Don’t Start Strategy with SWOT

It’s Time to Retire This Old-School Tool — Over the past few years of helping organizations develop new strategies, I’ve become aware and rather alarmed at a prevalent pattern, one which I find counterproductive, even detrimental, especially in these times of VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity, ambiguity). It concerns the starting point for strategy work: nearly every time I begin working …

How to Avoid Abandoning New Year’s Resolutions

According to some studies, 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. That raises some important questions: Why do we set them in the first place? Why do we abandon them, and, of course, how can we avoid doing just that? THE PSYCHOLOGY OF FRESH STARTS The “Fresh Start Effect” is the term University of …

How to Avoid Abandoning New Year’s Resolutions Read More »

The Secret to Organizational Innovation

In my previous article (Why Innovation Remains Elusive), I identified a half dozen obstacles to companywide innovation. I also hinted at a grand unified solution in the form of a strategic innovation system. Allow me ease into it by way of story and analogy. Most people are familiar with the name Toyota. Most business people …

The Secret to Organizational Innovation Read More »

How to Capture Your Strategy in a Single Sentence

If I were to ask you what your company/unit/team strategy is, could you answer in a single sentence? Is that even possible? And even if it is, why would you want to (other than to respond to some smart-aleck strategy facilitator)? I know it’s possible, and there are several worth reasons for stating strategy in …

How to Capture Your Strategy in a Single Sentence Read More »