The Profitability Zone BLOG

Cleveland and NEO Economic Growth Strategies

By John Howard

I have attended several events over the past months and read about the many initiatives that have focused on economic development and business growth in the greater Cleveland metro area, GCMA. The central tenet has been about “how can we increase our regional economic and specifically our downtown activity by building new themed facilities that can draw new business into the area and retain existing businesses because they believe they can grow here.”

Concurrently, we need to entice our educational graduates and other citizens to stay or visit either for business or pleasure. Can we become an economically and pleasurably vibrant region, a popular destination to stay and grow? It is a complex problem with many pathways and perspectives. Currently, the GCMA is developing many different venues for business and retail consumers including business markets (health), casinos, hotels, retail and restaurant complexes, and family entertainment destinations with activity based focuses.

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Equity Growth Resources and Levers for your Business

By John Howard Strategy is the keystone, continuous and decision-focused, for business success. Growth is a consequence of strategic choice. We build strategy via effectual and causal thinking.  Effectual thinking is our entrepreneurial logic while also applying a resource reality model of causal analysis and structure (cause is greater than effect) with the understanding that… Continue Reading

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Value System Analysis

By John Howard The elements of a company’s value chain are likely to be changing both as market, competitive and system conditions change and as management responds in order to improve future profits. A static value chain analysis is of limited value (Warren, 2008). Generally termed “value chain analysis” the emphasis here is to look… Continue Reading

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Are you continually changing your strategy?

By John Howard Continually changing strategy is self-defeating and costly. Often setting a company back many months and years while the $ losses pile up. Take the Cleveland Browns, their front office and coaching staffs are annually in a state of change. To the fan base, the pain is excruciating. The results are obvious…last place…year… Continue Reading

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Are Leaders Made or Born?

By Ted Hill It is a trick question. The answer is both. There does seem to be born leaders and most of us have met several. There does seem to be people with the right combination of intelligence and personality that seem to be able to get people to follow them and get others to… Continue Reading

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Do Your Strategy Sessions Suck?

Strategy sessions are very “intellectual” endeavors and intrinsically capture your attention. However, for the most part, they tend to have very weak processes and outcomes. Typically, and I’ve sat through many of them,  they are out of touch with the reality of their own market. Participation is lacking because the leaders are too controlling, are… Continue Reading

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Traits of leadership – A Dead End?

Research shows that employees dislike their jobs, don’t trust their leaders and aren’t engaged with their work. WHY? Recently I watched a thirty minute presentation by a nice lady saying leaders need to be: empathetic, decisive, ethical and intelligent plus be really good communicators. I am sure she was sincere. I am also sure that… Continue Reading

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HELP! I need project support.

The Leading Question How can leaders get the right level of attention, resources and support for their projects? Findings Project leaders must sequence, time and articulate core messages about their projects to the right audiences. Branding the project will make it easier to succeed (at least internally). The key is to adapt the principles of… Continue Reading

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