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    Top 5 Podcasts for Business Owners & Entrepreneurs

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Aug 1, 2018 8:08:28 AM

    I've been listening to podcasts since my friend Todd Henry launched The Accidental Creative podcast 10+ years ago (check out his recent episode about legacy...incredible). And as you may have heard, podcasts are finally having their day. According to recent research, 26% of Americans have listened to a podcast in the last month. And those that identify as weekly podcast listeners consume an average of seven podcasts per week.

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    Topics: Insider, Takeaways, values, creative, brixey and meyer, Greg Meredith, Business Advisory, Podcast, Business Owners, Entrepreneurs

    Doctrines Define Destiny

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Jun 27, 2018 9:27:56 AM

    For purposes of strategy development & execution, I'm defining doctrines as what you believe to be true about your markets, your organization and your opportunities. These fundamental beliefs serve as the foundation of your organization. And more than anything else, your doctrines will define your organization's destiny. 

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    Topics: Insider, Takeaways, values, creative, brixey and meyer, Greg Meredith, Strategic Planning, Sales, Strategy, Business Advisory

    Align Your Strategic Approach

    Posted by Greg Meredith on May 8, 2018 11:49:02 AM

    Deciding on your Strategic Approach -- pursuit of opportunistic or prescriptive strategies -- is an essential element of strategic planning.  

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    Topics: Insider, Takeaways, values, creative, brixey and meyer, Greg Meredith, Strategic Planning, Sales, Strategy, Business Advisory

    Strategic Planning #3: The Essential Foundation

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Mar 13, 2018 10:11:54 AM

    A professional golfer and his caddie study a golf course prior to the start of a tournament. They collect important information in order to make better decisions and to prepare strategies for how they will play the course. In a similar way, a professional executive will proactively prepare for strategy formulation before making important strategy decisions. 

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    Topics: Insider, Takeaways, values, creative, brixey and meyer, Greg Meredith, Strategic Planning, Sales, Strategy, Business Advisory

    Freemium - Free & Premium

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Oct 2, 2015 1:46:12 PM

    Freemium, as you’ve might guess, is a combination of the words free and premium. Catchy name aside, Freemium has become a dominant business model among software providers, app makers, content providers and online gaming companies. The Freemium business model uses a basic, no-cost product to attract a high number of users in the hope that many of those users will ultimately convert to the paid, premium version of the product. Freemium solves several critical sales & marketing issues, making it an extremely powerful business model. A few examples of successful companies using the Freemium business model include Skype (web based calling), Evernote (organizational software), Harvard Business Review (business content), Mailchimp (email campaigns) and Zynga (games).

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    Multi-Sided Platform – Building the Next Etsy 

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Sep 17, 2015 2:41:42 PM

    As I stated in the first post on this topic, a business model is how an organization creates, delivers and captures value. Today we explore a business model that is the modern update of an age old approach.

    Multisided platforms (MSPs) are technologies, products or services that create value by enabling direct interactions between two (or more) customer groups. Examples of MSPs include eBay (buyers and sellers), Visa (merchants and card holders) and Facebook (users, game developers, advertisers).

     Successful MSPs can create enormous value for users, but they are difficult to build and sustain.

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    The Evolution of the Business Model

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Sep 10, 2015 10:04:05 AM

    In their book Business Model Generation, Alexander Osterwalder & Yves Pigneur define a business model as “the rationale of how an organization creates, delivers and captures value.” Even more succinctly, a business model defines what a business does and how it makes money.

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    Focus - Even when it hurts...

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Apr 7, 2015 2:28:00 PM

    I often write about the need for focus in strategic planning.  

    Experience has shown me that while it is tough for companies to say no during the formulation of the plan, it is even more challenging when it comes to implementing the plan.

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    Topics: Strategic Planning

    Focus - One way we can all be like Steve Jobs

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Mar 31, 2015 8:00:00 PM

    It is far easier for executives to make small bets on a variety of opportunities than it is to focus on the limited few---but the path to enduring success is paved with laser like focus.

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    Topics: Strategic Planning

    FOCUS: Keeping your options open is expensive

    Posted by Greg Meredith on Mar 25, 2015 2:43:20 PM

    Keeping your options open comes at a cost. Few executives take the time to understand these costs, and even fewer define these costs in specific terms. As you implement your strategic initiatives for 2015, count the costs that result from trying to do it all. Once you do, you’ll be able to see the benefits of laser like focus more clearly.

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    Topics: Strategic Planning

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