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Success starts with strategy

Strategy is the driver for powerful business results. Creating and updating your strategic plan to account for an ever-changing business environment is essential. Too often, businesses make the mistake of only planning for strategy once a year or every few years. Or worst, they get buried in the day-to-day tactics and abandon it altogether. Strategy can be fraught with risk — from too narrow a focus that doesn’t consider global strategies for driving growth and transformation, to getting bogged down and overwhelmed with regulatory changes or emerging technology.

We’ll help you focus while providing the direction you need. Our strategic recommendations and tools are both practical and executable. We’ll deliver a detailed blueprint that includes the who, what, when, where, and how to help drive your success.

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Our Unique Advantage

Our focus is strategic value. We know that to be effective, strategies need to account for market uncertainties, regulatory changes, and disruptors. We keep you — and your strategic plans — up to speed through industry-specific updates on current and future trends, market insights, and potential disruptors. As your business partner, we’ll use tailored modeling tools and provide in-depth — and always current — market research to keep your business ahead of the curve. And, with a design and development process rooted in data and fact, we provide unbiased, actionable guidance and recommendations.

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Strategy Thought Leadership

  • Five predictions from the 2018 Food & Beverage Forum
    The 2018 Food and Beverage Forum gathered industry pros to talk trends, technology, and tastes. Find out what speakers predicted in 2019 for the food and beverage industry.
    Paul K. Edwards Ryan Behringer Ryan Muneio
    Article December 17, 2018 5 min read
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  • The GM news that matters isn't what you think
    GM’s recent decisions to idle five aging auto plants, consolidate its vehicle lineup, and appoint GM President Dan Ammann to lead company’s Cruise unit all point to one thing: a future focused on autonomous vehicles. Read more at Wards Auto.
    Daron Gifford
    Article December 11, 2018 5 min read
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  • Frazier Healthcare Partners capitalizes on the transforming healthcare investment market
    The complex healthcare market continues to evolve, providing prime investment opportunities for seasoned private equity investors. Watch as we chat with Frazier Healthcare Partners about capitalizing during the industry’s transformation.
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  • Five ways smart companies maintain growth and profitability
    Savvy business owners and executives consistently push to maximize growth, profitability, and value — in any economy. These strategies help you leverage upcycles, weather downturns, and achieve your growth and value targets.
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Your goals are our goals

We’ll become an extension of your team, working collaboratively to get you where you want to be. We won’t just spit out a report or offer canned advice. We’ll be there, on site, working with your people to understand the nuances of your organization and how that affects your goals. Our personal approach makes your goals our goals, and your problems our problems. When we work as a team, it allows us to drill down to the root cause of concerns and solve them in a logical and structured manner.

The result? A custom, executable strategy that you can implement today for ongoing success. In the words of our strategy practice leader, Daron Gifford, “Looking forward is absolutely critical to future success — and to me, a great strategy means one that’s applicable today, tomorrow, and 10 years from now.”

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