How Well Is Your Company's Current Strategy Working? | Global Business Consultants );

Dellum, On The Team at GBC, 3 min read

 

In evaluating how well your company’s present strategy is working, the best way to start is with a clear view of what the strategy entails. The first thing to examine is your company’s competitive approach. What moves has your company made recently to attract customers and improve its market position-for example, did your company cut prices, improved the design of its product, added new features, stepped up advertising, entered a new geographic market or how about-merged with a competitor? Is your company striving for a competitive advantage based on low-costs or better product offering? Is your company concentrating on serving a broad spectrum of customers or a narrow market niche? Your company’s functional strategies in research & development, production, marketing, finance, human resources, information technology, and so on further characterise your company strategy, as do any efforts to establish competitively valuable alliances or partnerships with other companies.

The three best indicators of how well your company’s strategy is working are (1) whether your company is achieving its stated financial and strategic objectives (2) whether your company’s financial performance is above the industry average, and (3) whether it is gaining customers and increasing its market share. Persistent shortfalls in meeting company performance targets and weak marketplace performance relative to rivals are reliable warning signs that your company has a weak strategy or suffers from poor strategy execution or both. Some specific indicators of how well your company’s strategy is working include:

  • Whether your company’s sales are growing faster than, slower than, or about the same pace as the market as a whole, thus resulting in a rising, eroding, or stable market share.
  • Whether your company is acquiring new customers at an attractive rate as well as retaining existing customers.
  • Whether your company’s image and reputation with its customers is growing stronger or weaker.
  • Whether your company’s profit margins are increasing or decreasing and how well its margins compare to rival company margins.
  • Trends in your company’s net profits and returns on investment relative to those of other company’s in the industry.

The stronger your company’s current overall performance, the more likely it has a well-conceived, well executed strategy. The weaker your company’s financial performance and market standing, the more your company’s current strategy must be questioned and the more likely the need for radical changes.

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