Category Archives: Focus

The Power of Focus … Part 9

I’ve published several posts on the power of focus. (Heck there’s a whole category in the blog history on it). Bottom line, companies improve their performance by narrowing their focus. Diversification usually makes the bottom-line worse, even if it improves … Continue reading

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Another Example of the Power of Focus

Over the years I have written several posts on the power of focus. (Heck there is a category for it on the blog page). Today’s example is Chili’s which is reducing its menu by 40 items from 125 to 75 … Continue reading

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Focus and Say Cheese

As I have started almost all the posts in this series on focus, … focus matters. Pursuing top line growth to impress Wall Street usually  fails as the top line grows (if it does), while the bottom shrinks, or at … Continue reading

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Again With The Power Of Focus

“There is no business that cannot improve its performance by narrowing its focus.” Thus stated David Palmer an original member of our team many years ago. And I keep finding examples to prove he was right. Here is another: New … Continue reading

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And Again With The Power of Focus

It never ceases to amaze me how many companies chasing top line growth (perhaps to appease Wall Street) diversify into mediocrity … or worse. The latest example is Crocs. Full disclosure, I have worn Crocs for years, much to the … Continue reading

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McDonald’s May Be Getting It

Back in the early days of McDonald’s and In n Out Burger, both stores offered hamburgers, french fries, soft drinks and milk shakes. McDonald’s had the word Hamburger on its signs (no longer) and they were focused. Over the decades … Continue reading

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Eleven Years Later And Back Where They Were

Back in 2003 McDonald’s was suffering from a lack of execution that was affecting its top and bottom lines. The CMO at the time was given credit for turning things around with the “I’m Lovin’ It” campaign. As I noted in an … Continue reading

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