Innovation buys you market share...

On average, top-quartile performers generate 20 percent more revenue from new product introductions than companies in the bottom quartile.
High-performance businesses not only introduce more new products than competitors do, and they bring them to market five times faster.

...BUT YOU CANNOT BUY INNOVATION
The most innovative companies have long-term leadership, but R&D spending levels have no apparent impact on company performance. 

HOWEVER BUYING INNOVATIVE COMPANIES WORKS:
John Chambers grew Cisco from 1995 till 2015 starting at US$1,2 billion to US$48 billion with 168 acquisitions. Chambers entered new businesses such as Video-Streaming, the Cloud and the Internet of Things.

Plans are worthless...

“Plans are worthless, 
but planning is everything!”

— Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
 

 

If you look at medium sized owner-driven companies, they rarely have a business plan. Yes, you can see a forecast, a five-year plan even. And every year the managers are forced to write a statement to back up their balance sheet for publication. However a plan consists of 20-30 pages that really describe the business. It's challenges and opportunities and the measures that make the plan reality. Bankers love these documents, and sometimes investors are needed. It is better to have a plan. Let's write one together!

Customer life time value

...or why nobody is paying for an address list

Time and time again entrepreneurs selling their businesses wonder why their customer base is not figured in the valuation equation. It is all about customer attrition rate (or the 1-Retention rate, if you will). Most of the cases there are no statistics available to proof, what the balance is of acquisition cost and the life time value of a customer is. So back to the good old industry multiples or a DCF that will be challenged by the acquirer on all these assumptions. Please read an article by Venture capitalist David Skok, explaining the relationships.

for entrepreneurs

I recently stumbled over an old video.

“Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.”

— Samuel Beckett

 

Only to realize that Discovery Driven Planning, a 30 plus some years old technique, has not made it to the corporate portfolio of techniques. We are so much in using this with our clients that we barely think of approaching innovations, new business carve outs or start-ups in any other way. Admittedly it requires great discipline and probably always an outside moderator to bring the team on track, but it works. Beside the reverse income statement that gives a different perspective, the milestone map organized around the assumption that turns into facts is a very powerful tool. Keep on learning. But make sure you don't end up in the Flop Files.

Being an ant …

Have you ever asked yourself, why are we working together?

It is pure physics! Have a look what is possible today, as scientist mimic ants. And what will be the next step? Does this harm your business in the future? Or do you all of a sudden see new horizons?