Author Archive for Adam Newdow


On Business Schools and the Training of Business Managers and Leaders

Readers of this series know it is about what causes the valuation of for-profit firms to increase. But in this wide-ranging article, I want to describe how business schools and the training of business managers and leaders is a key ingredient in our economy of helping to grow the valuation of for-profit firms. Without ‘good to great’ managers and leaders, who are allowed to actually practice their crafts inside of their firms, our system of free-market capitalism is at stake. Business schools’ role in the training of business managers and leaders has some room for improvement.

Core of Competitive Strategy

Your Firm’s “Value Story”: The Core of Competitive Strategy

I have just finished a brief client engagement this past week whose situation reminds us of what is at the core of your firm’s competitive strategy: the “value stories” that differentiate your firm and your firm’s key strategic initiatives. I was asked to help assess why a venture of three years was not making very many sales. In today’s world, if the value story is not superior and compelling, most of the time your firm or a key initiative is in trouble.

Developing the mind of a successful strategist

Developing the Mind of a Successful Strategist

I am asked from time to time how many business people are really strategic in their thoughts and actions. This article will cover the thought part. In my estimation, a relatively few people in business are good strategic thinkers – I think about twenty percent. I am not trying to be inflammatory – only reporting my observations, which could be based on the sample of only the people with whom I have dealt over the last forty years in the field.

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Here We Go Again – People Are All the Rage

I am not against people. I am one of those people and for much of my thirty-five-year career, I have been an employee. I have started my second consulting boutique and look forward to engaging well any employees who would want to work with me. People are a fascinating topic in the context of work and maybe anywhere else for that matter. But at work, we all know people who we can count on, those who we to try to avoid as they seem to be toxic, those who are team players and those who are rank opportunists. I could go on listing the kinds of people we have all worked with.

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What Should a New CEO Do in the First Thirty Days In Office?

There have been many articles published on what a new CEO should do in the first ninety days on the job. What can I possibly add to this discussion? I have only been an ad hoc CEO at one client, but I have counseled six CEOs in this process when the board of directors brought in a new CEO from the outside. I was asked to extend the scope of my strategy work and be a coach for this process.

Growth Constellations – An Audit Approach For Your Firm

Recall my definition of a GC is: a key valuable resource or a bundle of valuable resources and a unique capabilities set aimed at a particular opportunity or related set of opportunities in the marketplace. This approach is brand new so I have only initial experience in conducting GC audits. However, I think this audit framework works but I invite your suggestions from your experience on things I w

Growth Constellations – A New Phrase For Strategy Part 1

This article will present a new phrase for strategy: “growth constellations” and make some important distinctions, I think, for the field of competitive strategy. I think the phrase growth constellation could be at least a complimentary, if not better way, to describe your firm’s competitive strategy in today’s world of quick change, transient competitive advantage and the need for dynamic capabilities.

What Is The Real Pace of Your Business? Answer: Market Rhythm

Here is a quick question for you: how fast does your business to do anything? But as readers of this series of articles know, this series is about what causes a for-profit firm’s value to increase. So while we will focus on how long it takes your business to complete new strategic initiatives that have been derived from strategic planning, competitive intelligence, innovation or from other sources, this discussion will cover the speed in general of your business as well.

How Should Consultants Be Paid: Fixed Fee or Pay-for-Performance?

The management consulting industry in the United States brought in $228 billion in fees in 2017 according to IBIS World. Yes, that is $billion, not $million. The largest percentage of this figure, 38%, is from corporate strategy consulting. The next largest percentage of the $228 billion is for sales and marketing consulting at 19.5%. In 2017 there were about 707,000 consulting firms in the United States. There are twenty or thirty very large consulting firms like the Big 4 accounting firms, McKinsey, Booz Allen, etc. but most of that 707,000 are very small consulting firms with less than ten people or even sole proprietor shops with just one person.

Innovation Revisited: Still The Hot Topic or Common Denominator Just to Compete?

I wrote this article in two parts five years ago. Then innovation was the hot topic among US publicly traded firms. I have edited the text with some new but conflicting data. But I also end with a question: is innovation still the (or a) hot topic or in the ensuing five years has innovation become like the quality revolution thirty-five years ago where quality became a common denominator just to stay in the competitive ball game? I think it has although some consultants are still trying to sell their version of innovation as the new miracle. In the ensuing five years, there have also been some conflicting newer studies.