Competitive Strategy: Value Discipline

Imagine you were building a football team from the ground up. Would you just go about willy-nilly picking the best available players?  Do you think after you filled your roster and realized you had 10 quarterbacks, and no running backs or receivers you’d ever win a game? What is your value discipline? No, when you build a team, you build a team around the best talent available to execute a particular style of play.  You choose a style of play, build a team around that style. You build a strategy around the optimal path to exploit your resources and compete against the other teams. If there are no great throwing quarterbacks available and there are a ton of mobile quarterbacks and running backs, you build a running team. To build on that you would look for linemen that can help you support that running strategy. You declare to the team, "we are a ball control team." You better make sure everyone on the offense now understands we are a run oriented-offense. The coach declares to win we keep the ball on the ground, control the clock, and dominate the ground game. Everyone knows we are built to run. If the coach misses...

Hiring Right

The point of hiring is not to get people on board the bus. Hiring right is getting the right people on board the bus. In fact, it's to get the right people in the right seats on the bus.  That's the key. Running a business is like chess and not checkers. In business, you don't need people who all walk alike, talk alike and share the exact same strengths and weaknesses. In business, different roles require different types of people. Some roles require the ability to move diagonally, other roles require you move like a knight. What's the key to hiring right? Four factors in hiring right are: Cognitive Ability - Does the candidate have the mental capacity to think, learn, solve problems and perform the mental tasks required to fulfill their duties? Personality Traits - Are the candidate's hard-wired personality traits compatible with the tasks they will be required to perform? Knowlege - Do they have the training and experience to perform the task? Cultural Fit - Do they fit in with the company's belief system? Which of these factors is most important? It depends on your situation. Hiring Right For Cognitive Ability - Smart people figure stuff out! I figured that out myself which is...

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Redskins Culture… a dog’s breakfast

When it comes to the front office the term Redskins Culture is right up there with the world's great oxymorons like: Jumbo Shrimp Seriously Funny Found Missing Washington Mass Transit Authority Trustify President Trump Peter Drucker famously said, "Culture eats strategy for breakfast." If this is true than the worst NFL teams...