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Tag: Michael Porter

Building Robust Distribution to Support Strategy – Updated October 2012

Introduction During the past year and a half, I have been working with a variety of different client companies to develop and improve their distribution networks. Distribution really matters when you consider that, on average, half of the price of the product is absorbed by activities related to getting that product from producer to the… Read More ›

So, What is Strategy Anyway? Here are a Few Different Perspectives

Given the relevance and timeliness of Michael Porter’s advice on strategy during tumultuous times, I began my first blog post (which was originally entitled “Strategy in Action”) with that material because it really hit home for those of us working day-to-day in one of the most distressed industries – insurance. At this juncture, I think… Read More ›

The Importance of Strategy in Tumultuous Times

The economic upheaval over the past several years has caused a few of the more successful companies from the past to lose momentum making them vulnerable to the competition. This is particularly true in the financial services sector where several of the large, “too big to fail” companies and TARP fund recipients have been over reacting in the short term by retrenching, selling off assets and in many ways stumbling forward without a very cohesive long term strategy.