First Things First: Define the Central Idea

The central idea of a corporation is the seed that blossoms into a clear framing of the company’s full-blown strategy and the many implications for how to execute it. It is the animating force from which hundreds of strategic and operational details emanate. The central idea references why the company exists, whom it serves, how it should be nurtured, why it will flourish, how it will make money and manage risk, and where it must be going if it is to sustain a competitive presence and achieve its broader purpose. The central idea is the bedrock on which the enterprise is raised and how its resources are spent. The central idea is practical, readily translated into action. It is simple—no more than ...

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