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Developing your ability to strategize in an effective manner takes time, and the process begins mentally; before you initiate any strategies in question, you need to ensure that you have the right mentality to approach the process. Derek LaFever, the Senior Director of Information Technology & Strategic Planning at FOX Architects, has an overview that will help you change your methods of thinking in order to enhance your ability to strategize within your company.

Staying Current

The best strategies always require the most up-to-date information possible. In the business world, this translates to a willingness to take a proactive approach by thoroughly exploring your company’s internal and external operations and observing common obstacles. Staying on top of current issues will allow you to develop a corporate level strategy, but it is not enough to focus only on your own company. …


As we enter the second decade of the 21st century, the integration of artificial intelligence (AI) into various industries, has cultivated a technological breakthrough in customer service. While AI-enabled technology is increasingly replacing human support, it is also being utilized to enhance customer experience. Derek LaFever, the Senior Director of Information Technology & Strategic Planning at FOX Architects, provides a brief overview of why companies are strategically implementing processes in favor of artificial intelligence.

  1. Availability

Today it is more important than ever for companies to provide a personalized experience that is catered to the specific needs of an individual. AI is more than capable of fulfilling this expectation, and it has the capability of fostering a positive interaction with customers 24 hours a day/ seven days a week. …


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In the business world, the ability to successfully strategize is an invaluable asset. As with any other skill, strategy needs to be learned, and with the right resources, you can learn to become more efficient at formulating the plans and decisions necessary to carry out your goals.

Derek LaFever, the Senior Director of Information Technology & Strategic Planning at FOX Architects, has comprised a list of three best-selling books that will enhance your understanding of business strategy.

  1. Competitive Strategy — Michael E. Porter

Michael Porter outlines the professional framework necessary to compete with industry elites, while generating a superior return on investment. He states that in order to cultivate a sustainable competitive advantage, businesses need to implement three generic strategies; low cost, differentiation, and focus. Porter states that a business can only outperform the competition if it can establish a positive difference that it can preserve over time. …

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