Entries by Geoff Wilson

Two ways to grow in the new year

If you want to grow this year, do these two things. I confess, this entire new year thing has gotten ahead of me this year.  I thought it was December and now it’s January. The new year comes with a sense of renewal.  It comes with a sense of burying all that was “bad” last […]

Who is defending your customer?

When you are setting strategy, who plays the customer advocate role? In a meeting this week with a very thoughtful management team that was in the midst of a heated discussion, the CEO made a comment that stuck with me. He noted that one of the more direct and opinionated voices in the room was […]

Strategy like an immigrant

Strategy has to be a synthesis of old and new. I spent the weekend with my daughter walking around New York City.  The city is a great one. It is, at its best, a fantastic combination of culture, ethnicity, language, foods, and styles.  While walking the Lower East Side, a thought come to mind, and […]

Actually, the issue is that you have no vision

Single issue focus is just as bad for business as it is for government policy.  It’s vision that counts. This post springs from the debates surrounding the tax reform legislation currently gestating in the bowels of D.C. Interviewed on one of the many news programs early this morning was a leader of a home-building special interest […]

I learned this from my worst bosses…

Even the worst bosses teach you things.  Here are a few from my experience. Have you ever had a bad boss?  I don’t mean somebody you just didn’t click with, I mean a really bad boss.  They didn’t have to be a bad person (though they might be).  They just might not have been competent bosses. […]

What Monty Hall taught us about strategy

New information is always valuable to your strategy in life, business, and the occasional game show. Note: I woke up this morning and found an obituary to game show host Monty Hall of Let’s Make a Deal fame.  This is a draft that was buried deep in my queue that I thought might be a […]

Business strategy and big brother

Sure, you know big brother is watching you, but is your business strategy watching big brother? Bombardier woke up this week to a 220 percent tariff on its high end planes, courtesy of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  The news was a blow to the company’s share price, and probably a bigger blow to those who depend […]