strategic thinking

Innovative, powerful, proven approaches to business war games, strategy simulation, and strategic thinking

Bias: It’s About You

If we ran a survey asking “are you biased?” we would find no one is. Bias is a characteristic of others, not of ourselves. It’s about you, not me. Which is ironic, and the point.

The War (Game) Metaphor

This is something I’ve learned from all those war games: Watch out for the war metaphor in your strategic thinking, and challenge it if you see it. The challenge doesn’t cost you anything. You can always go back to the war metaphor if you really think it works.

House, MBA

What can we learn about business diagnosis from TV’s nastiest doctor? Quite a bit. We take a look at Safeway and Supervalu pricing on our rounds.

Blame and Ban, Easy and Satisfying

“Darn right it was the predator [sic] lenders.” There’s a lesson there, a lesson we can use to help us move forward. However, the lesson has nothing to do with predators, lenders, lending, crises, or governors. It has to do with solving problems effectively, guarding against easy and satisfying assumptions.