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Value Innovation: An Introduction (First of three presentation videos)

If you are a senior executive, your expertise is critical both to the firm’s bottom line and to its future. Do you drive the quest for value and value innovation in your organization? Maybe it’s time for you to fine-tune your image when it comes to working with your internal creative entrepreneurs.

Posted in Strategic Planning, strategic planning, innovation by Dr. Sarah Layton on April 28, 2015.

Five Ways To Move Strategy From Boardroom Talk to Execution

CEO.com: Read Hope is not a strategy. Boards of Directors will often establish a general plan and
simply hope the executive team will know how to implement it to achieve the
intended results. Unfortunately, there are a lot of disappointments as a
frustrated board realizes the executive misinterpreted the… Read

 

Posted in Governance, Organizational Strategy, Strategic Planning, strategic planning, innovation by Dr. Sarah Layton on March 31, 2014.

Strategic Planning helps manufacturer compete successfully

Once upon a time, the third generation CEO of A Midwestern USA machinery manufacturer was in a fast downhill spiral, losing money rapidly due to strong competition in Europe and the strong US dollar exchange rate. Things looked dismal and the red inked flowed. No matter what this CEO did, he couldn’t seem to reverse the trend and get in the black.

Posted in Growth, Organizational Strategy, Strategic Planning, strategic planning, innovation by Dr. Sarah Layton on December 11, 2013.
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Strategic Planning: How one manufacturer found new revenue and profit hiding in plain sight.

The general manager of a small US division of a multibillion dollar European manufacturing company came up to me one day after a strategy program. He was trying to figure out how to increase their division sales and expand their market reach. Their product was a special vacuum pump that was installed as part of an assembly line operation in their customer’s facilities. Since the client often installed the pump in their own assembly line, the reps were not always aware how the pump was used. Even when the reps knew the application, they typically did not think to share that new application nor did they realize that it presented an opportunity for the company to target a new market.  

Posted in Growth, Strategic Planning, strategic planning, innovation by Dr. Sarah Layton on October 10, 2013.