State of Mind Archives - Amie Devero

Neutrality Can Sniff Out Bad Strategy

September 13, 2022
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I was listening to a radio interview with David Cohen, an experienced Special Master. You are probably familiar with the title as it has been in the news lately. But, in case not, a Special Master is essentially a judge’s proxy, charged with ensuring the court’s […]

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Guest Post: Don’t Just Study Non-Customers. Become One.

August 19, 2022
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Mike Giffin of Giffin Consulting offers this insightful guest column. Enjoy, and look up Mike on LinkedIn.
 

Amie Devero’s recent post neatly articulates a major source of missed opportunity in any company’s growth potential: the failure to understand customers and the resulting failure to identify […]

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Less is More in Product Too

August 18, 2022
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Strategy, product, and service offerings are inextricably linked. Although obvious, it’s worth saying, because the same thing that often makes it so hard for leaders to develop excellent strategy, often rears its head in the product roadmap rather than during strategic planning.

But to make this useful […]

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Favorite Things: Podcasts. Summer 2022

July 19, 2022
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It’s been over a year since I posted one of these. During the pandemic, seasons all ran together, and pure frivolousness seemed somehow inappropriate. But, with so many people finally taking much-deserved summer holidays, it’s a great moment for some pure pleasure.

Long-time readers […]

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Deciding Strategy Despite Uncertainty

June 21, 2022
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Many of today’s leading founders and CEOs have never weathered an economic downturn. It’s been almost 10 years since the recovery from the great recession, and business has been booming.

Burt if you listen to the news, it’s hard not to be convinced that recession […]

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If Culture Eats Strategy, What Eats Culture?

June 7, 2022
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Everyone knows the line: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.”  It’s usually attributed to Peter Drucker, although for the life of me I can’t find any evidence he said it.  But Drucker aside, the meaning is what matters. Without the right culture, even magnificent strategies fail.

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Uncertainty Grammar

May 17, 2022
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In Turkish there is a suffix (mis) that turns  a statement uncertain. It’s used to create the “inferential” mood. We don’t have anything like it in English or other Latinate languages, although it does exist in many Baltic languages.  In Estonian it is called the oblique […]

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The Scale-Up Squeeze-Out

April 12, 2022
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There often comes a time in every high-growth start-up when new executive leadership is hired –and sometimes, they replace or displace the stalwart early team members. I’ve heard this phase called “Scale-Up” as distinct from “start-up”.
When a start-up begins, it is […]

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