Certain acquaintances advising large companies report signs of revival among their clientele. Apparently having concluded that the worst is over, corporate types are lifting their heads above the parapet and beginning to feel that old itch to go out there and acquire somebody, or maybe launch a new product line or two. Like all right-thinking people I’m gladdened by this news. But a reading of the history of strategy also leaves me cautious, afflicted with an oh-no-here-we-probably-go-again suspicion that some of the same old mistakes will likely recur. Watch out for one or more of the following coming soon to a company near you:

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