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Seeing Around Corners with Rita McGrath - Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 155

Our guest today is Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, who is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on strategy and innovation with particular emphasis on developing sound strategy in uncertain and volatile environments.  She developed the discovery-driven planning method, which became part of the foundations of the lean startup movement that became a worldwide movement. Now she's enjoying the one year anniversary of seeing around corners and taking her Columbia executive education classes. 


3 Valuable Insights

  • Explore the possibilities with seeing around corners!
  • Disruption, which happens gradually then suddenly, is both a...
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Look Ahead with David Smith - Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 153

Our guest is the CEO of the GFF, the Global futures and Foresights Institute. He uses views of the future to develop within global futures and foresight by their in-house research team. And by surveying their worldwide network of future thinkers and business leaders. The aim of GFF is to develop views of the future to help clients embrace change with more certainty, thereby releasing the full power of their creativity and innovation. His purpose is to inspire his audience to embrace change and by so doing better, prepare for the future. 


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Show Notes

(1:25)  - Currently creating academic futurist

(05:07) - What does the future look like from...

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Time Rich with Steve Glaveski - Simon Severino | Strategy Sprints 151

Steve Glaveski is CEO and co-founder of Collective Campus, a corporate innovation and start-up accelerator based in Melbourne, Australia. Author of Time Rich: Best Work, Live Your Best Life, a guide to achieving twice as much in half the time, and living your best life. He also founded Lemonade Stand, a children’s entrepreneurship program and now, SaaS platform, that has been delivered to kids across Australia and Singapore. His work has been featured in Harvard Business Review, the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, the Australian Financial Review, Tech in Asia and a lot more.




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Public Speaking and Vocal Image with Vinh Giang and Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 146

My guest for today is Vinh Giang, is an international keynote speaker, CEO of Luminary Productions which produces exceptional video for individuals and companies all around the globe. He has spent the last 15 years mastering the art of performance-enhanced communication, helping thousands of professionals worldwide to learn these skills. I won’t reveal any more here, I highly recommend you just listen to Vinh and learn. Lots of great insights...I'd say it's magical!



Show Notes

(1:57)  - What is a vocal image? Does everybody have that?

(2:53) - People create a image of who you are  in their heads

(2:56) - What is your vocal image saying about you


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How To Invest Better With Hershel Mehta | Strategy Sprints 150

Our guest for today has a passion for helping early-stage companies succeed through investing. He works with his family office based out of Mumbai India, which covers the whole world and is led by the top 10 angel investor Sanjay Mehta. He's part of the investment committee that evaluates and invests in unlisted US companies. He's building up expertise on international transactions and investments through working with early-stage founders.



(01:20) - First question: What excited you?

(01:23) - Emerging markets in India

(04:14) - Middle class with disposable income

(05:03) - Massive consumerism

(07:53) - Three buckets of founders

(12:02) - How to provide value

(15:51) -...

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Profitable Relationships with Dov Gordon - Simon Severino | STRATEGY SPRINTS 142

My guest for today is Dov Gordon, is an international keynote speaker, the CEO of, where he helps consultants get ideal clients by becoming an under the radar leader in their industry. He is focused on helping ordinary people become extraordinary consultants.



Show Notes


(2:53) -  Alchemy network

(4:23) - Become an "Under-the-Radar" leader in your industry

(5:16) - Combination of curation and conversation

(7:39) - How to find my ideal clients in your network

(9:25) - Form a network comprised of colleagues

(11:27) - Cross-promote each other

(21:20) - Criteria in promoting in a group

(30:40) - Emotional bank account

(34:15) - Clarity...

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Competition is for Losers. Differentiation Strategy Explained.

Competition is for losers. We all know it’s better not to think about it. However, we just like to think about it, hoping to find ways to win but not knowing the only way to win lies in creating values for people we care about and we serve. “How?” You may ask. Our CEO, Simon Severino along with certified Strategy Sprints coach, Antonio Cativa, who specialises in differentiation strategy, offer a three-step value innovation tactics to act on for designing a business and product of worth that makes you a winner in your competing field.

What is value innovation?

Simply, value innovation can be put in an equation like this: 

Solve current problems + Increase customer values + Decrease costs 

A successful value innovation means your business is able to remedy the...

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Inside VC: Repeatable Processes with Clint Korver of Ulu Ventures | Part 2

In this second half of the Strategy Show with Clint Korver, the venture capitalist continues to share his successful model on decision analysis through processes that are repeatable and reliable. Learn more about decision quality, the foundation of getting into the business of venture capital as our guest talks about his personal journey of co-founding four Silicon Valley startups with tools provided to help individuals and organisations make better decisions!

What to keep in mind in your repeatable process in VC?

  • Begin with the end in mind.
  • People are greedy, fearful and lazy. So, always do your homework. 
  • Ask yourself: Do I have something special to bring on the table?

Challenges and advice by Clint Korver to his success in VC

The following are some highlights from the episode...

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Inside VC: Repeatable Processes with Clint Korver of Ulu Ventures | Part 1

Clint Korver, the co-founder and managing director of Ulu Ventures, a Silicon Valley seed stage venture firm investing in IT, FinTech, and startups for over 10 years. Holding a PhD in decision analysis from Stanford University, Clint sheds light on his analytical strategy for decision making that makes his company exceptional from other standard venture firms. Learn more about quantifying expert judgement, assessment around risk and uncertainty as our guest shares his experience of making better business decisions through software, training and consulting!

How to make your processes more repeatable:

  • Understanding the risk is one of the keys to decision analysis.
  • A rubric or metabolic – the qualitative factors to look for investment and market opportunities, is what small startup...
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The Strategy Map: Six Steps to Navigate your Business Priorities

Strategy Map: Six Steps to Navigate your Business Priorities

What is a Strategy Map?

Think of it as a road map, except it defines your business destination, then lays you a short and energy-saving path to get there. The most asked question followed by is: How? In what ways do we strategize, break down goals into everyday tasks, and align with our overall vision? This is a guide by our CEO to give you the North Star against which all design decisions should be made in a company strategy planning so that your business will grow and thrive within the shortest distance.


Step 1: Get your team on ‘board’

Get your team on a simple operation board by Asana or other team management platforms alike. In Asana, your team will list out the company’s weekly operation tasks...

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