Why Have a Strategy?

To be able to change it. Brilliant pithy advice from Professor Jason Davis’ class,Technology Strategy (MIT’s OpenCourseWare.)


Shareholder Value is a Result, Not a Strategy

In Motley Fool Stock Advisor, David Gardner writes about a idea from 1970 that changed the business culture at large: “In 1970, Noble Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman wrote a famous article for The New York Times Magazine, decrying the idea that businesses should have any sense of social responsibility.  Their responsibility, he said, is to…


Martin Sykes on Value Realization

This is a guest blog post from Martin Sykes. Martin has been involved with Enterprise Architecture and IT Strategy for 15 years and is today a coach in Microsoft Service’s Enterprise Strategy Centre of Excellence. He’s also known for his use of visual storytelling techniques and is one of the authors of Stories That Move…


Cognizant on the Next Generation Enterprise

As a strategist, I need to stay on top of how the world of business is changing, especially from an IT perspective.  The world of business is changing faster than ever.   Changes are happening in the ways we work, business models and processes are evolving, customers are changing what they value and how they buy,…


What are the Keys to Winning in Any Economy?

I’m lucky to have an interview with Irv Rothman, CEO of HP Financial Services. I’m always happy to learn from CEOs and I especially enjoy the way they look at the world.   Edward de Bono has spent a lifetime teaching extraordinary executive thinking skills to ordinary people, and I’m a big believer in learning business…


Strategy Must Be Dynamic

"However beautiful the strategy, you should occasionally look at the results." — Winston Churchill Competitive advantage is a moving target.  Static strategies fail in the long run.  Strategy needs to be dynamic.  The challenge never ends. Strategy is an ongoing game where the playing field changes over time. In the book, The Strategist: Be the…



How do you rehydrate, revitalize, or renew a brand? I thought that a post on rebranding would help people get a new lease on life.  I see people hold on to dead brands, launch fizzle brands, and kill brands by being all things to all people.  I see this happen to individuals and their personal…


Portfolio Management

How do you manage your portfolio of IT investments?  Do you have a mental model for portfolio management?   Here is an example: While there are a lot of ways to manage a portfolio, I find the frame above to be highly effective.  It’s from the Cranfield School of Management in the UK.   It’s a very…