What is this thing called 9Stucks?
9Stucks is a dynamic business diagnostic tool. It identifies nine distinct yet interrelated business challenges that cause a company to underperform.

9Stucks: A Tool to Start Using Today


The Business World is Full of Great Content

Strategy, innovation, leadership and ‘how to be great’ type books can be found in any bookstore and Amazon.

Famous authors, superb thinkers, and classic business minds from the Thinkers 50 annual ranking (e.g. Michael Porter, Jim Collins, Clayton Christensen, Henry Mintzberg, Rosabeth Moss Kantor, Vijay Govindarajan) and others such as James Bryan Quinn, et al, have produced outstanding content about how to not only make companies better, but to make them thrive.  Their insightful writing uses great logic and is supported by rigorous research.

I have one impressive strategy textbook on my bookshelf that is over 600 pages long.  Put a collection of bestselling business books side by side and there are literally THOUSANDS of pages of really good content to wallow in.

Why is it difficult for many CEOs to apply these great ideas?  


You Need Business Diagnostic Tools That Work

“If you want to teach people a new way of thinking, don’t bother trying to teach them. Instead, give them a tool, the use of which will lead to new ways of thinking.” – Richard Buckminster Fuller

While many of the notable business authors’ elegant ideas and theories are penetrating, they don’t help leaders easily diagnose the conglomeration of specific, tough issues that permeate their cubicles, hallways and boardrooms.

My 9Stucks may seem obvious to you…and not that convoluted.  Each of the 9Stucks in isolation is not that hard to figure out. Trying to figure out what causes an organization to underperform can range from being easy (the causes are really obvious) to hard and confusing (it’s a quagmire, or a Stuck Salmagundi); however, most of the significant, contributing issues are just not that complicated to uncover (if you know where to look).

With all my clients, I try to unravel the complicated and simplify it.

Simplifying the complex happens from:

  1. being able to objectively recognize which of the 9Stucks are present and
  2. understanding how they are connected and
  3. creating solutions to disentangle them.