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Why Popular Strategies Always Fade

An excellent piece by Ken Favaro that reminds everyone of the role of strategy – it is the “means” to inform and stimulate thinking that drives plans and actions and it is not the “end” in itself (as we see all too often).   http://www.strategy-business.com/article/Why-Popular-Strategies-Always-Fade?gko=8e3c9

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Where Real Value is Generated by M&A Transactions

Great analysis confirming once again where the real, sustainable value is generated by M&A transactions. http://www.strategy-business.com/article/00346?gko=47f36

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Non-competes in California – it can be done

Good article explaining how there may still be ways to create enforceable restrictive covenants for employees in California. Fairly narrow exceptions for sure, but if your company fits within those there’s hope with an appropriately crafted agreement. http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202746410589/Noncompetes-a-Nonstarter-in-California-Think-Again?cmp=share_linkedin

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Helpful Guide for Mid-market Companies and Boards

Deloitte’s annual guide is always a worthwhile read

2016 Things to Consider

 

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A Strategy “Must Read”

There are a zillion strategy articles and books and many of them are useful, but so often they are “flavor of the month” and more cheerleading and self-help than meaningful guides.  The article below from strategy+business is one of those that rises above the clutter, and, importantly, it has at least as much applicability to small and mid-market companies as the large ones that were the basis for the underlying research. Give this one a read and let the suggestions sink in for awhile.http://www.strategy-business.com/article/Creating-a-Strategy-That-Works?gko=d53a6

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The Key to Realizing Acquisition Value – Integration Planning and Execution

I know people get tired of hearing this theme from me, but I cannot repeat it enough.  No deal is too small, “strategic” or urgent to ignore the hard work of integration planning and execution.  This article from McKinsey makes that point again and supports it with some good data.http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/corporate_finance/how_the_best_acquirers_excel_at_integration

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Cybersecurity and the Need for Action (Now!)

Another good piece from Deloitte on the need to act and some helpful guidance.  Whether you are an owner, an executive or a board member, this needs to be at the top of your list in 2016.   https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/risk/us-risk-cyber-ia-urgent-call-to-action.pdf

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Time for the Law and Commercial Practices to catch up to Additive Manufacturing

As 3-D printing/additive manufacturing continues to expand as a useful production technology, it is exposing areas where the law or common commercial practices may not be up to speed.http://tmtindustryinsider-responsive.ignite.lexblog.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/668/2015/12/What-General-Counsel-Must-Know-About-3D-Printing.pdf

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Enforceability of Non-competes and Restrictive Covenants – US and Latin America

Good plain English summary of enforceability of non-competes and other restrictive clauses in the US and commentary on enforceability in some key Latin American markets. http://www.corpcounsel.com/id=1202747115323/Limiting-Competition-From-Former-Employees-in-the-US-and-Latin-America?kw=Limiting%20Competition%20From%20Former%20Employees%20in%20the%20US%20and%20Latin%20America&cn=20160116&pt=Weekend%20Round-Up&src=EMC-Email&et=editorial&bu=Corporate%20Counsel&slreturn=20160016144542

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Why Established Companies Should Join Forces with Upstart Competitors (sometimes).

A really good discussion of the opportunity for “collaborative reinvention” by established players. Instead of owning or crushing the upstarts, partner with them in the right spaces. It certainly doesn’t fit every situation, but many have successfully executed this model in the right situations. http://www.strategy-business.com/article/Mutually-Assured-Disruption?gko=ff0d8

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