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Be pivot-ready – Exploit the delay between decisions and outcomes

One of the realities of decision-making is that there is an inevitable implementation delay between the time when a decision is made and when the alternative that has been selected begins to create value.  In a recent post on this … Continue reading

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Decision transparency for start-ups

This week I provided an overview and demonstration of the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) to an individual who mentors numerous entrepreneurs and who also serves in an advisory role on the board of directors for multiple start-ups and high-growth … Continue reading

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Reporting from the 29th NBIA International Conference on Business Incubation

This week three members of the Decision Driven® Solutions team (John Fitch, Ron Carter, Bruce Lerner) are attending the 29th NBIA International Conference on Business Incubation in Denver, Colorado.  We are here exhibiting the Decision Driven® Solutions Framework (DDSF) to … Continue reading

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Diagnosing start-up failures – and learning from them

A great majority of entrepreneurial start-ups fail.  These failures have many “presenting symptoms” but one root cause – decisions (overlooked, poorly made, poorly executed).  Ultimately “all faults are decision faults” (see October 10, 2008 post).  If you do a root … Continue reading

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Decision patterns – an actionable mental model for startups

In his book, The Founder’s Dilemmas, Noam Wasserman highlights in multiple places the need for a comprehensive and shared mental model among the co-founders of a new business.  Many of the root causes of failed start-ups can be traced to: … Continue reading

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Tips for entrepreneurs

Yesterday I had the opportunity to talk to the Entrepreneurship class at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, my alma mater.  I split my talk between “Using Decisions Patterns to Accelerate Your Business” (which I’ve touched on often in this blog) and … Continue reading

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Decision Driven® Business Plans

The most common help given to entrepreneurs appears to be assistance (outlines, software tools, guidance, peer reviews) in writing a business plan.  This reminds me of the Defense industry which used to pay their contractors primarily for the delivery of … Continue reading

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