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Executing Adjacency Moves

Managing the Key Organizational Issues That Most Influence Success or Failure

Most organizations inhibit growth. Why? Organizations are often set up to protect the status quo, but growth is not about the status quo. Organizations tend to become more complex and more internally focused over time; each can stifle growth. The strongest core businesses have the muscle to retain their best people, as probably they often should. Yet the gravitational pull of the core can stem the flow of talent to new opportunities. At the same time, the opposite response of creating such a magnetic pull in the new, “hot” adjacency that it depletes or distracts the core can be equally harmful. These natural tendencies of organizations ...

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