Archive: August 31, 2008 - September 6, 2008

All Palin All the Time

Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin is a phenomenon. Just look at the number of links devoted to her in the Post's Republican National Convention coverage. If you think that's normal, ask yourself the last time you read about the sports Joe...

By Scott Berinato | September 5, 2008; 11:50 AM ET | Comments (6)

Enhance Your Company's Core Competencies

A diversified company is like a tree: the trunk and major limbs are core products; smaller branches are business units; and leaves and fruit are end products. Nourishing and stabilizing everything is the root system: the company's core competencies, which...

By Editors | September 5, 2008; 9:38 AM ET | Comments (1)

Stay True to Your Strategy

How to consistently outperform your competitors? The most enduringly successful companies -- those delivering a 10-fold return to investors over a 10-year period -- excel at specific management practices. One of these practices is strategy management. To excel in this...

By Editors | September 4, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Google Puts Some Chrome in the Game

Google's new browser, Chrome, is here. So far, reviews are mostly positive and remarkably forgiving. You might remember a company named Cuil designed to create a new search engine to compete with Google. It hit speed bumps on its first...

By Scott Berinato | September 3, 2008; 3:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Are You Really Focused on Your Customer?

As the world grows increasingly commoditized, companies must focus on customers if they hope to differentiate themselves from rivals. But major customer-oriented initiatives have yielded lukewarm results. One secret to real customer focus is to collect data on every customer...

By Editors | September 3, 2008; 8:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Launching a New Venture? Articulate Your Goals First

Most newly launched business ventures never get off the ground -- because entrepreneurs often neglect to clarify their strategy. To chart a successful course for *your* new venture, start by articulating your goals for the enterprise. Do you want the...

By Editors | September 2, 2008; 9:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

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