We are told to persist … by coaches (“Winners never quit and quitters never win.” – Vince Lombardi); athletes (“If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” – Michael Jordan); social leaders (“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” – Nelson Mandela); and political heroes (“…never give in, never give in,

Last week, we introduced our 2021 Business Trends report based on in-depth conversations with top CSOs in our Outthinker Strategy Network. We will be expanding on one of these trends every week with the intention of supporting your organization’s strategy for the next year and beyond. Newsletter subscribers will receive early access to each weekly announcement.

This year, as we recover from a massive shock to all forms of structure and life as we once knew it, we have a chance to create the future. We will dust ourselves off, begin to rebuild, and attempt to return to a sense of normalcy.

The framing of the David v. Goliath story dominating business headlines this week is missing the most valuable strategic lessons GameStop’s stock surge – from $4 six months ago to about $350 per share recently (a gain of over 8000%) – offers.

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