Strategy and Company Growth

Explore how to craft a robust and actionable strategy for the future.

Of course, doing nothing is rarely if ever a pathway to growth. However, it is a choice that companies actually make every day. ‘‘Choice’’ may be an overstatement. Few executives or board members sit down, open their flipcharts, and plan a careful do-nothing strategy. They drift into it by default. When things seem to be […]

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Sometimes organic growth can be achieved by dramatically cutting costs. I call this the “jellyfish strategy” : you go up when the tide is up and out when the tide goes out. There may not be many natural predators, so you will survive, but this approach is unlikely to drive long-term expansion. Note, that being […]

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If your company’s organic growth has hit a plateau or is in decline, leaving the current market is an option that should be seriously considered before you embark on any other growth solutions. As I previously mentioned, growth does not necessarily mean getting bigger. Sometimes the best pathway to growth is to get out of […]

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In my previous post, I mentioned the five pathways to growth. The first pathway is organic growth.  Organic growth is business as usual. It is growth through acquiring more customers or selling more products. You may be reading this blog because on some level your organic growth has stalled. But before you rush to adopt […]

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Join me for a webinar next Thursday, January 17 at 11:00 AM EST on Finding Opportunity for Growth Growth is in the very nature of business. Once a company loses its appetite for expansion, it is almost certainly settling into decline.  It’s time to look outward and forward. It’s time for growth. You will learn […]

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As you focus your attention on the growth of your company, there are five key pathways to consider: Grow Organically Exit the Market Be the Low-Cost Provider Do Nothing Pursue External Growth Before you even start planning an acquisition, remember there are other growth options available. It is an important realization that you do have […]

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As we begin the new year, I am reminded of the importance of looking to the future for growth. One of the tools I use at Capstone when we begin work with clients is Michael Porter’s ‘‘Five Forces’’ model for analyzing a company’s relative position in the market. It invites you to look at the pressures […]

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As you move from developing the strategic foundations for growth to implementing your growth plan, think about the different pathways to growth. Choosing the right pathway for growth is considered to be the heart of business. In the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG)  blog, I outline some of the strategic pathways you can take for growth, […]

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Last week, Wendy’s announced it is divesting the Arby’s chain and focusing on growing Wendy’s.  Exiting or divestiture is one of my Five Options for Growth and many executives often think of it as retreat rather than growth. I say otherwise.  Yeah! to Wendy’s.  As the Wall Street Journal reported today this… “is an industry […]

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For the third month in a row, the Blue Chip Economic survey downgraded the 2010 forecast for US growth.  Reuters reports GDP growth for 2010 is expected to be about 2 ¾% and the report goes on to suggest that growth is not expected to pick up until Q3 of 2011. So what is a […]

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This post was submitted by Capstone Project Manager Gretchen Johnson: Experts say that the death of a business owner could mean the end of the company without a sound strategy. Rather than a single, dramatic moment, the smooth succession of a business is a series of events. Like a relay race, a company transition should […]

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This post was submitted by Capstone Senior Vice President Wes Teague: Are we living in a period of paradox, or under a new paradigm? Interest rates are at all-time lows (and have been for a sustained period); many corporate coffers are flush with unused (and unearning) cash; trillions of investment dollars are on the sidelines […]

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Capstone Webinar: Finding Opportunity for Growth in Tough Times CPE Credit Awarded Thursday, April 8, 2010; 1:00 PM ET David Braun, CEO of Washington, DC- based external growth consulting firm Capstone, is hosting a webinar. David will focus on where you can find opportunity for growth in the toughest economy in a generation.  His main […]

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I recently had the opportunity to drive over 1,500 miles over a five-day span throughout the southeastern US.  Two things stood out to me during my drive.  One was the number of shuttered motels, empty and fenced-in distribution centers, and vacant storefronts in small towns and strip centers.  All glaring examples of the on-going economic […]

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With the shaky economy, I am constantly hearing clients talk about how to get through the tough times now.  While this is obviously a valid concern, I caution them not to forget about the future – specifically future demand. Future demand is king for reasons that are self-evident, once you pause to think about it. […]

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At Capstone, we talk a lot about “company DNA”. It’s a big focus when we are at the early strategic stage with a new client.  At the outset, we encourage them to ask themselves, “What’s our DNA?” The company DNA cannot be read off a nicely worded mission statement hanging in your reception area. It […]

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I once had a client that made fish products for manufacturers who in turn created packaged delicacies for the end consumer. My client was tempted at one stage to drift into making consumer products themselves. But they had absolutely no experience or competence in this area. It seemed just a step away, but actually there […]

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Here’s one principle that Capstone lives by in its work with growing clients. Before you go buying someone else’s company, be sure you fully understand your own. This requires asking a few simple but powerful questions, such as: “What is your core competency?” Companies, like people, often have mistaken ideas about where they truly excel. […]

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