Why on Earth

The mysteries of seemingly smart strategy decisions

Celebrity and Strategy

Celebrity and Strategy By Mark Chussil Here’s a true story. A friend of mine won the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) champion­ship some years ago. He laments that his skill is in bowling and not in golf. His prize was nice but the Professional Golf Association (PGA) championship paid seven times as much in that year. […]

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Some of these essays are about competitive strategy and strategic thinking; some are not. “Are Capitalists Copping Out?” “We Will Play Soothing, Uninterrupted Music While You Wait.” “The Formerly United States of America.” And more.

Did You Win or Did They Lose?

How do upstarts win? Why do incumbents lose? Upstarts can only win if incumbents let themselves lose.

62% Raisin Bran

There’s a theory of competing behind the baloney on a company’s box of cereal. It seems not to fit the company’s number-one corporate value: “We do the right thing, all the time.”

Penney Wise, Penney Foolish

J.C. Penney doesn’t have the performance it wants, Mr. Johnson has been tarred and “pundited” as a failure, employees and investors are dispirited, and customers are baffled. Help wanted: CEO.

Netflix Gone Vile

800,000 subscribers left Netflix after the company raised its prices. That tells us Netflix adopted a bad strategy. Or does it? Fourteen reasons why Netflix was wrong, or not.

Why Strategies Fail

When strategists choose bad strategies, strategies fail. That sounds obvious, except no strategist purposely chooses a bad strategy. Strategists are smart, experienced, industry-savvy, data-rich, and highly motivated to succeed. Yet smart strategists can and do choose bad strategies, and bad strategies fail.

Picking A Fight In The Dark

Those who are exquisitely aware of the value they bring to decision-making wonder why they struggle to get decision-makers to listen. I have suffered from this. So have you. Pretty much all humans above the age of one know that frustration. Oh when will those decision-makers ever learn?

Your Call is Very Important to Us

No stunning message about strategy this time. Just a brief moment of merriment. Hope you enjoy.

To Do or Not To Do

In business we expect decisions to come from careful analysis in which experts lay out the options, quantify the costs and benefits, and make the right choices. So it may seem perplexing when two senior executives, in symbiotically linked companies, publicly and decisively disagree on a key decision.