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JACK’s Secret Strategy

It’s deceptively simple. And it’s pure JACK.

Here it is, from the authors of the book Blue Ocean Strategy and as reported in Fast Company magazine. See if you recognize JACK here:

Water, water, everywhere

You don’t have to compete in a red ocean of bloody competition. Even exhausted industries — like the circus (Barnum & Bailey) — can be reinvented (Cirque-du-Soleil).

Don’t swim with the school

Quit benchmarking the competition or setting your strategic agenda in the context of theirs.

Find new ponds to fish

Don’t assume your current customers have the insights you need to rethink your strategy. Look to noncustomers instead.

Cut bait on costs

Put as much emphasis on what you can eliminate as on what you can create.

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