MOST CONVENTIONAL CORPORATE STRATEGIES: Typically Neutral to Harmful
- Backward-looking, not forward-looking—all too frequently “fighting the last war”
- Linear in nature, often based on un-tested assumptions
- Artificially quantitative, resulting in a false sense of certainty
- Ignore creative intuitive approaches
- Lack rigor and critical evaluation during their development, due to collaborative barriers/disincentives
Frequently avoid discussing the “elephant in the room”, because they:
- Don’t have an answer since they generally aren’t active in day-to-day basic operations
- Don’t want to put their egos/reputations at risk
- May not even know the elephant exists
- May have authored the “elephant”… a dated and failing strategy
MIDDLE MANAGERS' INSIGHT
- Possess key facts since they are “in the trenches” everyday vs. competitors
- Have less ego involvement in the current strategic plan
- Fear contradicting/embarrassing senior management in meetings, so they don’t speak up
TYPICAL CORPORATE RESULTS: Same old, same old.
THE IMPLICATION: Failure is almost guaranteed in a highly dynamic world.
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