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Mark L Thompson, speaker

Mark L Thompson

    • Results-driven B2B strategist for Fortune 500 & mid-market CEOs
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As Partner with Decision Processes International for over 25 years Mark L. Thompson is involved with all facets of their technologies such as Strategic Thinking, Competitive Analysis, Strategic Product Innovation, Problem Solving, and Decision Making, and Mental Toughness.

Mark specializes in developing and managing corporate strategies. He directs the development of innovative business strategies by combining broad experience, insight, creativity, and analytic methods. Mr. Thompson has led over 300 strategy projects in numerous industries such as utility, telecommunications, manufacturing, financial, oil drilling, construction, and the defense industry.

Mark does keynote speaking on selected topics. These keynotes are targeted to Fortune 1000 senior executives. They are suited for private corporate meetings, professional organizations, and industry associations. The speeches are well researched, customized, entertaining, and exhilarating.

Some of his clients have included Caterpillar, Acuity Insurance, Sykes Enterprises, Raytheon E-Systems, United Medical Resources, Portland General Electric, Henkel, Ball Corporation, Ball Aerospace & Technologies, Olan Mills, Inc., Shiloh Industries, Molson Coors, TD Williamson Inc., Sun Hydraulics Corporation, Charter Manufacturing, Donaldson Company, and Rand Merchant Bank in South Africa.

Strategic Thinking

Stop wasting your time on Strategic Planning and Start Thinking Strategically to achieve Competitive Advantage and Exponential Results.

Problem: A Wall Street Journal survey just listed strategic thinking as the # 1 skill that executives need to have. Further, the survey revealed that only 3 out of 10 executives are strategic thinkers. This results in the development of benign strategies and the lack of effective execution.

Question: When does your organization move above strategic planning to generate new insights?

Strategic Thinking is a mindset. If you do Strategic Thinking first, you will avoid surprises!

Solution: Pause to validate your strategy prior to criticizing tactics and execution.

Think strategically for the generation and application of insights on a continual basis to produce a competitive advantage. Strategic Planning is the channeling of those insights into goals and objectives to execute the strategy. Unfortunately, companies spend their time day to day working on applying old insights.

What the Participants Will Learn: The participants learn how to begin to think strategically. Through three short actual case studies, they will see how these completely different companies applied strategic thinking to begin to think differently about their companies to achieve greatly improved financial performance.


Strategic Product Innovation-How Winning Companies Outpace Their Competitors

Problem: Organizations spend the largest share of their innovation budget on enhancements to current products and services. The greatest competitive advantage comes from new-to-the-market products and services. The money spent on current products and services delivers me-too-products.

Questions: What percentage of your revenue comes from products and services that did not exist four years ago?

Are you exceeding your innovation objectives?

Solution: The world’s top-performing companies share a common characteristic: their superior ability to develop and introduce new products faster and cheaper than their competitors. As a matter of fact, effective product innovation is the key to growth-even survival-for most any business.

What the Participants Will Learn: The Seven Deadly Sins of Corporate Stagnation. The ten best areas to search for ideas for new products. The four phases of Strategic Product Innovation.


How Mentally Tough is Your Leadership Team?

Mental Toughness is how to manage your emotions, attitudes, and behaviors in high-performance situations.

Problem: Many leadership teams are simply not mentally tough.

Questions: Is your management team executing as it should? Is your management team setting the pace for your industry? Is your team thinking about how to deliver results or is it making excuses?

Solution: Provide your leaders with an understanding of what mental toughness is and give them a set of tools to help manage their emotions, attitudes, and behaviors in high-performance situations.

What the Participants Will Learn: The secrets used by the Navy Seals, professional athletes, and professional entertainers that inspire their performances, so you can use them in your business and personal lives.

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