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Cesare Mainardi, Ken Favaro and Tom Stewart in conversation: Why is it so difficult to achieve sustainable growth? What is the most promising growth avenue that companies should pursue? And how can they capture the headroom of their business?
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Gerald Adolph and Paul Leinwand in conversation: What role do capabilities play in successful mergers and acquisitions?
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Strategy& CEO Cesare Mainardi recently sat down with Paul Michelman of Harvard Business Publishing to discuss how executives should use a strategic approach to cutting costs — but often don't.
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Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi speak with with Peter Day, from the BBC's Global Business program, about The Essential Advantage and answer a very pointed question: Do companies really understand what they're doing?
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Paul Leinwand, co-author of The Essential Advantage, in conversation with Cindy Babski from INSEAD Knowledge.
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Paul Leinwand, co-author of The Essential Advantage, in conversation with Tracy Byrnes from FoxNews about what companies need to do in order to turn M&A into a successful component of their growth strategy.
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Strategy& Senior Partner Paul Leinwand, co-author of The Essential Advantage, in conversation with Sarah Green from Harvard Business Review: How can companies develop a winning strategy and capture the coherence premium.
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Paul Leinwand, co-author of The Essential Advantage, in conversation with Robert Barnwell on CEO Talk Radio: How can companies and their executives use capabilities and coherence to drive not only growth but to help cut costs while growing stronger.

Related thought leadership

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In this interview, the authors of "The Essential Advantage" point out that in this unpredictable economy, traditional approaches to strategy are a luxury most companies cannot afford.
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Sustainable, superior returns accrue to companies that focus on what they do best. The truth is that simple, and yet it’s incredibly hard to internalize. It is the rare company indeed that focuses on “what we do better than anyone” in making every operating decision across every business unit and product line.
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Investing in a capabilities-driven strategy will equip your company for growth in uncertain times.
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For most companies, cost cutting in a down economy means across-the-board slashing that "spreads the pain" of budget reductions across many departments. While that may sound like the best approach for getting critical results fast and for limiting political infighting, it is a mistake — one that will leave your company weaker, not just smaller.
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Business strategy is at an evolutionary crossroads. It’s time to resolve the long-standing tension between the inherent identity of your organization and the fleeting nature of your competitive advantage.