Meet Value Innovators The Drury Brothers of 1 Stroke Club

Meet Value Innovators The Drury Brothers of 1 Stroke Club

Blue Ocean Articles, Six Paths Framework, Strategic Models, The Value Innovators
Meet value innovators the Drury brothers of 1StrokeClub.com. The Value Innovators Show is a webisode series featuring company founders that have launched or run companies that exhibit numerous qualities of blue ocean strategy. Some of these founders have a clue that they've done something related to blue ocean strategy. Most do not. I met one of the founding brothers, Brian Drury via a great Nashville connector, Todd Bowman of Insperity. Brian and I struck up a business relationship that has served to keep us connected and aware of what's going on in our professional lives. Brian mentioned on a recent call that he and his brothers, Grant and Kyle, had launched a business. I immediately inquired as to the nature of the venture and was truly impressed. [embed]https://youtu.be/ehOpT_JVkOo[/embed] Brian explained…
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Sports Challenges are Thriving with Blue Ocean Thinking

Sports Challenges are Thriving with Blue Ocean Thinking

Blue Ocean Articles, Six Paths Framework, Strategic Models, Strategic Planning
Sports challenges are thriving with blue ocean thinking. Our culture loves the thought of winning big. Winning big with a half-court throw at a basketball game or a mid-rink puck strike into the net at a hockey game. One of the more popular prizes fantasized about by those who golf is the hole in one prize offered in most golf tournaments. If you've done any golfing and found yourself in a foursome in a local tournament, there is a good chance at some par three hole on the course, there was a car parked close by. The car had a bow on it and the premise was simple. Get a hole in one and the car is yours. Sometimes it's cash, sometimes a vacation, or something else of significant value.…
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Alignment’s Role in Strategic Implementation

Alignment’s Role in Strategic Implementation

Blue Ocean Articles, Strategic Models, Strategic Planning
Alignment's role in strategic implementations. Isn't it interesting how important alignment is across all of life? Think into two common definitions of alignment. 1) arrangement in a straight line, or in correct or appropriate relative positions. "the tiles had slipped out of alignment" 2) a position of agreement or alliance. "the uncertain nature of political alignments" In strategic thinking, we're focusing on correct or appropriate relative positions and positions of agreement or alliance.  In blue ocean strategy implementations, we focus on reconstructing market boundaries and value innovation as a path toward unlocking vast oceans of uncontested market space. Alignment of value, profit, and people is required for these implementations to be realized and sustainable. What is meant by the alignment of value, profit, and people? In blue ocean strategy terms,…
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Overcome Your Organization’s Hurdles

Overcome Your Organization’s Hurdles

Blue Ocean Articles, Branding, Strategic Models
When your company or division develops a blue ocean strategy with a profitable offering, it's time to overcome your organization's hurdles. Implementing any strategic plan or shift is a challenge. When you're rolling out a key innovation that rattles the status quo, you can bet the haters will show their ugly side. Blue ocean practitioners have found the following hurdles to be the most predominant. Hurdle one? The cognitive hurdle found in simply getting constituents, employees, and stakeholders to understand the need for change. Hurdle two is limited resources. The more significant your strategic shift is believed to be, the more expensive it will be perceived to execute. It's typical to find the biggest blue ocean shifts need to happen during times when budgets are most strained. The third hurdle…
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Don’t Do Your Strategic Plan Until You Do This

Don’t Do Your Strategic Plan Until You Do This

As-Is Strategy, Strategic Models, Strategic Planning
Strategic planning is a must. Most business owners know it. Most small business owners and sole proprietors don't do it well.  Don't do your strategic plan until you do this. What is "this"? Construction of a Blue Ocean Strategy As-Is Strategy Canvas. There is a significant argument to be made for going through the As-Is Strategy Canvas process as prescribed in Blue Ocean Strategy: How to Create Uncontested Market Space and Make the Competition Irrelevant. This strategic planning book and its later companion Blue Ocean Shift both describe Blue Ocean Strategy case studies and in Blue Ocean Shift, some high-level details on the implementation of blue ocean strategies. W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgne, the authors are worthy follows on social media by the way. John P. Kotter states in…
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The Blue Ocean Move. Consider a Strategy Pitch Day.

The Blue Ocean Move. Consider a Strategy Pitch Day.

Blue Ocean Articles, Strategic Models
If you're a follower of any of our work here at The Blue Ocean Strategist you've seen fairly methodical writing that translates Blue Ocean Strategy processes and tools into everyday business scenarios. [gallery ids="582,583,584,585,586,587"] We have covered key principles in Blue Ocean Strategy work. Tools like the Price Corridor for the Mass, The Pioneer-Migrator-Settler Map, the Strategy Canvas, the Six Paths Framework, and the ERRC Grid. We have discussed the mind of the Blue Ocean Strategist and ten red ocean traps that companies fall into while implementing strategies. There will be much more to come. When I traveled to Insead to do my work at the Blue Ocean Strategy Institute part of the pre-work was to bring a project that had already been developed to the As-Is Strategy and ERRC…
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Map your today and reveal your tomorrow. A restaurant industry example.

Map your today and reveal your tomorrow. A restaurant industry example.

Blue Ocean Articles, Strategic Models
Map your today and reveal your tomorrow. A restaurant example. Taking a look at where one is today is extremely important. In Blue Ocean Strategy, the As-Is Strategy Canvas is a great tool to gauge where you are in the context of key competitive factors. It's hard to modify something that works. When a dish sells okay and makes money, it can be difficult to change it.  It's important to remember this extremely vital truth. Market share is a lagging indicator. Yes. Meaningful but not the entire story. Think of all the market leaders that existed in the automotive industry in the 60s. It wasn't long before leading automakers were getting their butts handed to them. Kodak used to lead in film. So what right? In today's market, market share…
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Inside the mind of the blue ocean strategist

Inside the mind of the blue ocean strategist

Blue Ocean Articles, Strategic Models
What does it mean to be a strategist? A common definition: A strategist is a person with responsibility for the formulation and implementation of a strategy. Strategy generally involves setting goals, determining actions to achieve the goals, and mobilizing resources to execute the actions. Not a bad definition. There are numerous proven models that strategist use in business today. Chron.com states its definition of a "strategy model" as one that exists within the term itself. Basically, a strategy model constitutes a strategic plan, or model, designed to improve a process. Organizations use strategy models to improve operations and meet their goals. [embed]https://youtu.be/8ExRnpy4rPE[/embed] Blue Ocean Strategy works outside the primary focus of other strategic models. That focus being the known industry boundaries where competitive rules are understood and accepted. Blue ocean are defined…
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