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November 2019
3 minutes

Evonik relies on Solyp 4.0 for Regional Strategy

From the beginning of 2018, Solyp3 was successfully used worldwide in Evonik's Regions Development division. The specialty chemicals company is now extending its co-operation towards the development and implementation of regional initiatives and programs with Solyp 4.0.

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October 2019
3 Minutes

A new era begins – Solyp 4.0 Enterprise Cloud for Strategy

Thanks to intensive cooperation with our customers and all our Evolutionizer colleagues in Düsseldorf, St. Gallen and Nuremberg, Solyp 4.0 was created, our Enterprise Cloud for Strategy, the digital home for your strategy!

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September 2019
9 minutes

Agile organizational development with OKRs

It is so easy to say: The organizational structure has to fit the strategy: Structure follows Strategy. That is true at its core, but also very demanding in times of ever faster changing conditions. How can the established stable forms of organization of many family-owned companies meet those new requirements?

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September 2019
4 minutes

Strategic portfolio management – the rock in the surf

Target-orientated investments, optimising workload and successfully implementing additional company strategies – strategic project portfolio management allows for effective project execution, for example when implementing changes as part of digitalisation and in relation to levelled capacity planning.

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12
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September 2019
2 minutes

The Solyp strategy platform soon also offered on german servers

Most users of our Solyp 4.0 platform should be just as pleased with the news from Microsoft as we are: Microsoft is expected to provide server space in Germany in the fourth quarter of this year.

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4
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September 2019
5 minutes

Self-motivation: becoming independent from motivation through others

What gives us meaning? Where does performance come from? What drives people? You can find out what is important in our guest article.

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18
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July 2019
4 minutes

Promoting and developing the personality of people

Developing and promoting people is a plea against changing the personality of people. It is therefore one of the most important tasks of managers to take people as they are.

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19
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June 2019
6 minutes

Strategic insights: From the stockpile of documents to the map of knowledge

In part II of the Strategic insights publication series, we demonstrated practical ways to improve the quality and reliability of forecasting in planning. This article is dedicated to a much greater potential for strategic insights – which can finally be realized thanks to modern methods such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

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May 2019
8 minutes

Strategic insights: "Hey, AI, what's your opinion?"

In part I of the publication series Strategic Insights, the potential benefits of extended statistics and machine learning for strategy and planning work were outlined. As a more in-depth introduction to the topic, Part II discusses ways of increasing the quality and reliability of forecasts in planning.

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May 2019
5 minutes

Five approaches to strategy

As business environments have grown more diverse in recent decades, picking the right approach to strategy for each context has become increasingly important. We believe there are five broad approaches to strategy.

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April 2019
8 minutes

Strategic insights: "If the company knew what the company knows ..."

Developing a robust strategy has never been easy. High business complexity, market dynamics and shorter planning horizons create uncertainty and make it harder to make the right decisions at the right time. A lever lies in a new handling of the already existing strategy data estimates.

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March 2019
12 minutes

Market segmentation – factor of success in strategic work

How does a clear market/customer segmentation benefit strategic business development? How can segmentation be carried out pragmatically? The following article provides food for thought on the basis of our experience with lots of medium-sized family businesses.

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November 2018
5 minutes

"To ashes, to dust ...": The old strategy approach gives way to a new understanding

Market volatility, growth, disruption, digitization, shareholder value... our current environment is characterized by constant change and ever higher speed. It has never been easy to develop working strategies and implement them with the desired results.

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October 2018
4 minutes

Strategic planning: balancing data and debate

In many companies, strategic planning remains ineffective. A key ingredient of an impactful processes is a careful balance between data and debate. Four practical approaches from our experience on BCG client projects can help.

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October 2018
5 minutes

What makes your business unique?

Which core competencies create a sustainable competitive advantage over the competition? VRIO analysis is a good way to find out.

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June 2018
7 minutes

Operational or strategic planning?

Operational and strategic planning are not mutually exclusive opposites! In many companies, however, there is a different understanding here.

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April 2018
10 minutes

These are the 30 best strategy quotes

Some people have the gift to boil down complex issues into short, catchy statements. May it be with humor, charm, fighting spirit, or simply wisdom. In doing so, they inspire others to question their habitual ways of thinking and acting and even pursue entirely new paths in life.

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January 2018
5 minutes

How to achieve strategic alignment?

Bridging the gap between strategy development and execution is one of the biggest challenges many organizations face. Probably the most important driver for a successful strategy implementation is the so-called strategic alignment.

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August 2017
8 minutes

Use go-to-market strategies as your competitive advantage

Contrary to popular claims, good products do not simply sell themselves. Successful companies therefore not only develop innovative products, but also effective go-to-market strategies. Do you already use them?

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June 2017
7 minutes

Generic competitive strategies were yesterday

Which competitive strategy does your company pursue? Cost leadership or differentiation? If your answer to this question is "both", you are probably on the right track.

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March 2017
6 minutes

Top-down, bottom-up or countercurrent process?

One of the central questions which first need to be clarified as part of the introduction or revision of a strategic planning process in medium and large enterprises is the direction of planning.

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October 2016
6 minutes

John Kotter’s 8-step model in the digital age

What is the reason for Kotter’s continued topicality? Because when all’s said and done, his book ‘Leading Change’ appeared more than 20 years ago.  What is it that’s motivating the strategy community to engage with Kotter today?

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July 2016
7 minutes

Ten steps to a successful strategy workshop

Organizing and leading strategy workshops has to be learned, because the results of such workshops have a decisive influence on the future performance of the company.

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April 2016
6 minutes

Thinking strategically like a chess master

Lasting success is the result of good strategic decisions. And these are based on effective strategic thinking.

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February 2016
4 minutes

Tips for developing Key Risk Indicators

Key Risk Indicators signal changes in the company's risk profile at an early stage. We show you how you can identify risks early on and actively counter them with suitable measures.

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November 2015
10 minutes

Are classic strategy tools still relevant?

The corporate environment is characterized by rapidly increasing complexity, dynamics and decreasing predictability. This situation requires new approaches to thinking and acting from management and those responsible for strategy.

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July 2015
7 minutes

Tips for effective stakeholder management

The number and interrelations of these stakeholder groups are becoming increasingly complex in today’s connected, globalized world. Yet, still very few companies pursue an active, long-term approach to stakeholder management.

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November 2014
3 minutes

How to capture more value from your innovations

Many businesses are good at creating value by developing innovative new products and services. But when it comes to capturing that value and turning it into profits, the inventiveness of executives and managers all too often reaches its limits.

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September 2014
7 minutes

How to use thought leadership to gain competitive advantage

What do have companies like IBM, Philips, Unilever (Dove), and McKinsey & Company in common? They are all considered thought leaders within their industries. A position which they have attained over many years through large-scale content management programs and hard, dedicated work.

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August 2014
5 minutes

Clarify responsibilities more easily using RACI Matrix

One of the most common mistakes when it comes to strategy implementation is that responsibilities are not clearly defined. Employees are not sure what is expected of them or simply assume that someone else will do the job. Create a remedy with RACI Matrix.

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April 2014
4 minutes

Zero-Base Budgeting: Do you plan your budget from scratch every year?

In contrast to traditional, incremental budgeting, Zero-Base Budgeting does not simply update the costs of the previous year. Instead, the budget is replanned from scratch, similar to when you start a business.

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February 2014
6 minutes

Successful organizational transformation – Kotter’s 8-steps change model

Change management is focused on the people. It aims to implement change in a comprehensive, smooth, and lasting way. But how can it be achieved in practice?

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