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The Hidden Secret to Scaling Success: Buy Low and Sell High with Customer Lifetime Value

If there is any law in business that would be Newtonian, fundamental, or the first building block of all knowledge, it would be this: You buy low and sell high. Empires were built on this principle. Thousands of years ago, traders and merchants made their living off it. Whether oil or fine china, wine or …

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Five Ways to Measure Organizational Culture

As Peter Drucker famously observed, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” An organization may develop an airtight strategy on paper, one that is consistent with what the company says it values and with the initiatives everyone agrees are most important. But when it comes down to it, strategy is lived and breathed through culture. Chief strategy …

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Unlock Strategic Agility: Insights From Outthinker Networks Summit On AI, Long-Term Thinking, And Talent

Senior leaders today navigate a world of constant disruption. They need to guide their organizations toward a thriving future, yet they are bombarded with short-term pressures and an ever-changing landscape. Sound familiar? This week’s post is for you – the strategic mind, juggling long-term vision with the business imperative to achieve immediate results. We delve …

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Mardi Gras Spirit: Insights for Innovation Leaders

Enter the vibrant streets of New Orleans during Mardi Gras, and you’re immediately enveloped in a kaleidoscope of celebration, play, and free-spirited creativity. Colorful floats, extravagant costumes, and joyous crowds surround you. It’s a spectacle that captivates people from all walks of life, transcending age and social barriers. Last week, I was fortunate to visit …

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Positioning for Success: How Julie Copeland Transformed Arbill’s Strategy

It was 2015. A decade had passed since Julie Copeland had taken the reins of CEO from her father, as he had a generation earlier from his own father. This third-generation, Philadelphia-born business, Arbill, had patiently built a reputation as a leading supplier of high-quality safety equipment. Their helmets, gloves, goggles, and hazmat suits had …

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The Underappreciated Strategic Implications of Digital Products

We have heard the prognostications, repeatedly, that digital products and services are “changing everything.” What started with music has been echoing across industries, upending incumbents and carving new pathways past middlemen to end users. But there is a more profound, and yet underappreciated, strategic dynamic underway. You can hear its faint undertones here and there, …

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Is There a Lizard Under Your Bed? Notes from Outthinker Networks Roundtable with Rita McGrath 

Last week, 40 heads of strategy, intrapreneurs, and thought leaders convened in New York City for Outthinker Networks’ Executive Summit, hosted by BNY Mellon. Attendees discussed Leveraging Generative AI for Strategic Advantage and Innovation Portfolio Management/Resource Allocation with special guest Rita McGrath, strategic advisor and Columbia Business School professor. 

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