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July 5, 2017 Organizational Strategy

Making M&As Work: The 3 Levels of Organizational Blending

When Amazon announced that it had acquired Whole Foods Market, reactions from the media and thought leaders were immediate and varied. Some applauded the breakthrough deal as a herald to a new era of online/offline synergies, while other responses amounted...
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June 28, 2017 Organizational Alignment

The Hidden Costs of an Obsolete Structure

“As long as there is a global marketplace and exploding technological progress, the need for formalized and ongoing organization alignment efforts will continue.” Mastering the Cube, Chapter 8 Like the foundation of a house, the structure of your organization is the...
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June 14, 2017 Organization Alignment

How to Avoid Being “Disrupted”

Visit any business news site and you’ll find at least one article talking about “disruptors.” Uber has disrupted the urban transportation business. Airbnb has disrupted the hotel business. Amazon has disrupted the entire retail industry. Any analyst will be happy...
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June 7, 2017 Organization Culture

Using Analytics to Build a Culture of Insights

How do the people in your organization approach major decisions? Do they rely on gut instinct? Do they ask superiors, coworkers, or customers? Or do they turn to analytics for insights that can help them make the best choice based...
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May 17, 2017 Organization Culture

Is Your Corporate Culture Out of Alignment?

What do Starbucks, Zappos, Southwest Airlines, Dropbox, and Twitter all have in common? Each has a distinct corporate culture that infuses everything it does, from marketing to hiring practices to strategic decision making. If you’re familiar with the system we...
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April 19, 2017 Business Model

How HR Can Enable Business Model Differentiation – Five Keys

Support functions like Human Resources are essential to the smooth execution of an organization’s strategy and business model, but too often they fail to deliver.  This is not because HR professionals and leaders are ill-intentioned.  Support functions have tremendous power...
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