Beloved SWOT analysis – Revised

The Business Diamond Framework™ (along with the 3i Methodology™) is a guide that helps practitioners know which tools to use, and when. The SWOT analysis is one of dozens of tools used in the Business Diamond Framework™. Normally a single SWOT analysis might be applied to the entire business (or business unit). But with the […]

Business Diamond Framework: 3i Methodology introduction

On its own, the Business Diamond Framework™ is a useful concept to simplify, understand, and communicate a complex business. (Click to review a brief introduction). However, it is incomplete without a specific methodology — the 3i Methodology™ — which applies the Framework to the business in three distinct stages that provide Insight, Innovation, and Implementation. […]

Business Diamond Framework: mapping the value chain

In a previous blog I wrote about the four Function Diamonds of the Business Diamond Framework™: Leadership, Support, Value-Add, and To-Market. The layout of the Framework is intentional. This layout allows Framework practitioners to not only understand the business from the perspective of each of the four functions, but also from the perspective of the […]

Recommended reading: Blue Ocean Strategy

One of my favorite books: W. Chan Kim and Renee Maubergne provide readers with a powerful way to look at your business, your competitors, and the marketplace to identify opportunities for differentiation and innovation. Their strategy canvas is the best strategic tool of the book, in my opinion, although their 4 Actions Framework is also […]

Google Trends: (mis)fortune teller

I was in Google Trends the other day, doing some research for a client. On a whim, I decided to also see the search trend for “recession”. What an interesting find! Here is Google’s Trend graph: At first glance, it’s shocking to see how much the search volume and news references have grown. It’s shocking, […]