Compete or collaborate

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From Walter Kiechel’s The Lords of Strategy: “Once you start from the idea that the unit of competitive advantage is not necessarily the corporation, as conventionally defined … it’s like in biology, going from thinking of competition among animals to thinking of competition among genes. The generation of strategic thinking we’re now entering challenges the earlier ontological assumptions. It says that … Read More

Reframing problems

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In order to reframe my perspective on a problem, I will often ask myself how can I complete the same task with half the amount of resources. This may include cutting the budget or the staff assigned to the project in half or reducing the amount of time that something is due. Imposing extreme constraints on a project can have the … Read More

Not replaceable

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It’s easy to find a replacement.  It doesn’t matter what it is.  You can just buy another one. This mindset has changed the way we see people, places, and things.  It impacts relationships. When things are replaceable then their value decreases.  We care less about them. Increasing your value involves becoming unique–and not replaceable. What are you bringing to your relationships … Read More