My remarks at the Ibramerc Market Intelligence Forum

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The following is a transcript of my remarks before the Ibramerc Forum de Inteligência de Mercado in São Paulo, Brazil last week entitled, “The coming golden age of analysis.” In this speech I discuss how the profession of intelligence has gone through a very dark period, and why the coming disruptions in the global economy will make sophisticated intelligence methodologies …

Long-term business in a short-term world

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Arik Johnson, chairman of strategy consulting firm Aurora WDC, is a world-renowned expert in competition, intelligence, organizational structure, strategy, and like ten other things. He’s also my friend and frequent collaborator. I believe our only disagreement ever regarded cheese, and since he’s from Wisconsin and I’m from Vermont, this is only natural. Arik will be a special invited guest at …

How Budweiser Got Rich from Prohibition

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One of my most popular keynote speeches right now is entitled Transformational Competition. It’s all about how businesses and countries succeed in the weirdest of times. My friends at Aurora WDC are putting on a very cool conference October 8 – 10 in Indianapolis, IN called Reconverge. This is the keynote I will be delivering to open the conference. This …

Interest in competitive intelligence wanes

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I asked Google what the trends were around the interest in competitive intelligence, a common strategic discipline based on scanning the external environment. What I learned was shocking. Search volume for competitive intelligence drops Searches for “competitive intelligence” have dropped off 82% in the last decade. And note: there’s no bump after the crash of 2008. Even when the market …