|Issue 6 Volume 2 June 2010 www.jthawes.com|
Helping You Get "Unstuck"
Sometimes, just sometimes, the smartest people just get stuck.
Although they have solved hundreds of complex problems, the next solution is the one that eludes them. Maybe they need a new idea or a different way of thinking about the problem. Perhaps they need an active listener to clarify their own thinking. An effective decision-making framework or analytical model may be the missing link.I help people to get unstuck.
That frees them to move forward again. They can then solve the vexing problems, propose new initiatives and work more effectively with those around them. In short, they can grow their business and succeed.
How do you know if you are stuck? Here are three tests.
I can help you. I am good at it. Let's talk.
- Do you feel unrelenting pressure or frustration?
- Are you facing an unfamiliar business or strategy challenge?
- Do you have the sense that the "old" ideas will not produce the improved results that are expected of you?
Speaking: What do I talk about?
Solutions matter most. Practical talks on important subjects.
"What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words 'competitive intelligence'?"
This was how I started a recent talk to a local CEO group. Unsurprisingly, they mentioned 'corporate espionage', 'spying' and 'subterfuge'. There is much confusion about competitive intelligence and its important role in business. The rest of my time was spent explaining three important topics.
- What is competitive intelligence?
- Why you need competitive intelligence?
- How do you get better at competitive intelligence?
on multiple business strategy and competitive intelligence topics such as the following.
- How to start doing competitive intelligence tomorrow
- A comprehensive approach to creating a CI group where none existed before
- A framework to measure your current competitive intelligence and a plan to improve your effectiveness
- A survey of powerful models and techniques for CI
- How to identify, track and close competitive gaps
- Using CI case studies to solve real problems
- Defining a professional growth path in competitive intelligence
Do you need someone to speak to your association meeting, company work group or management team? Contact me to schedule an informative and solution-oriented talk.
The pitfalls of looking inward for strategy
The strategy action cycle and how to master each step
Common reasons that strategies fail and what to do
Integrating competitive intelligence in strategy development
Defining a professional growth path in strategy
Interviews With Competitive Intelligence Experts
Discussions of effective competitive intelligence problem solving with global experts.
I recently completed six podcast interviews with globally known experts in competitive intelligence. Each podcast discusses solutions to a case study posted on the Competitive Intelligence Case Studies website. Click on the links below to listen.
Six Days to Delivery - Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4
Days 5&6 (coming soon)
A case study involving a high pressure competitive intelligence project featuring a disruptive innovation from a major competitor. August Jackson is a prominent innovator in CI circles. In addition to his duties at Verizon, August promotes competitive intelligence through his involvement in the CI NING community and his well known CI Podcast Series.
MQX Electronics- A case study in competitive intelligence data collection and navigating the ethical issues that are involved. Arthur Weiss is a noted author, consultant and teacher for a competitive intelligence company based in England. His company is AWARE - Competitive Intelligence for Business Success.
Bluesin Technology - A case study in using competitive intelligence to sort out the right growth strategy. Babette Bensoussan is co-author of the definitive books on analytical techniques for CI and strategy. When she is not teaching at universities and writing, she is the managing director for a successful consulting company, The Mindshifts Group, based in Sydney, Australia.
Read more about all of the cast study commentators here.