Strategic alignment, while clearly not a hot trending topic, is actually the key to exceptional strategy execution How do we get our organization to execute our strategies….consistently and effectively in a way that delivers the results we want? You can create great strategies, brilliant innovations, ideas to out position the competition, memorable branding, raise your […]
How strategy affects the success of an organization and how to create and implement strategy.
By Don Shapiro, President, First Concepts Consultants, Inc. For too long, structure has been viewed as something separate from strategy. Structure is how the entire organization operates, not just its organization chart. Revising structures are often seen as ways to improve efficiency, promote teamwork, create synergy or reduce cost. Yes, restructuring can do all that […]
Many years ago I had a most interesting discussion with a mathematician. I asked him how he managed to remember all those formulas and equations or look them up so fast. He laughed. He said if you truly understood the principles of mathematics, you never have to remember anything. If you need a formula or […]
What are the leadership qualities that build trust? When employees trust management, they enthusiastically deliver great customer service and stick around a lot longer. Trust is what drives higher employee retention and retention drives business results. The longer employees stay and the more they trust management, the better they serve customers, deliver quality and work […]
All strategies such as improving quality, enhancing service, lowering operating cost, changing distribution channels, altering the go to market approach, raising productivity through technology, discounting prices and so on depend on customer value. Why do strategies that are successful for some firms turn into abysmal failures for others? Why don’t some of the success principles […]
Revenue Detective Don Shapiro of First Concepts Consultants talks about the increasing margin and price pressure many companies face today and the need to find more hidden value that could help close the sale at a profitable price. One of the best ways to increase sales is by raising the customer’s perceptions of value […]