Entries by Geoff Wilson

The things you leave behind

The toughest part of business strategy is choice. We live in a fantastically privileged time and I live in a fantastically privileged place.  When thinking about taking a journey with my family, I am rarely, if ever, really constrained by my capacity to carry things along with me.  A large SUV and a few containers […]

Old CEOs and bold CEOs

A recent HBR articles hints that those who make it to CEO fastest aren’t always the best case studies. Perusing the business press recently I came across an article on the Harvard Business Review website by a couple of partners at talent advisory firm ghSmart.  I’m partial to a lot of the tools and techniques […]

Your strategy really does need to contemplate WAR

Where does true value add come in to your business or professional strategy? Hedge fund and other investment managers call it alpha. That’s the value a particular investment or configuration of investments creates after you strip away all the risk taken by making the investment. Baseball statisticians call it WAR, or “Wins Above Replacement.” That’s the […]

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. […]