Three Quick Ways to Improve Your Strategy-Making
Roger Martin nails it as always. Focussing on SWOT as a starting point is never useful.
A strength is a strength only in the context of a particular where-to-play and how-to-win (WTP/HTW) choice, as is the case for any weakness, opportunity and threat. So attempting to analyze these features in advance of a potential WTP/HTW choice is a fool’s game. This is why SWOT analyses tend to be long, involved, and costly, but not compelling or valuable.