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The Value Disciplines triangle

The Value Disciplines helps you and your team think about what quality your organization ultimately wants to stand for and what it means for your business. Choose wisely!

The Value Disciplines are the basis of your positioning, competitive strategy, business model & operating model

The tool gives you clear guidance what to focus on

Choose wisely: clear positioning is critical from both a Business Model as well as customer perspective !

What the download contains

  • The Value Disciplines triangle
  • The UNITE Operating Model Canvas, since the Operating Model is heavily impacted by primary value you choose
  • Overview of the entire UNITE Business Model Framework, helping you understand the Value Disciplines in context
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Why we use it:

Scaling your business requires achieving minimum competency in three key areas: Customer Intimacy, Product Leadership, and Operational Excellence. But to become a market leader, you have to achieve excellence in at least one. The Value Disciplines Triangle helps you choose which of the three areas you want to focus on.


The Value Disciplines Triangle, which builds on Porter’s Generic Strategies, shows us the three areas of value and breaks down the attributes of each one.

As you are scaling your business and beginning to execute and optimize your operating model, you should choose just one area to focus on. This is because you won’t have the resources to achieve excellence in more than one category. Further, you want to be clear about what sets your company apart from your customer’s perspective.

The Value Disciplines help you create real customer focus since they put your relationship to the customer (are you the best, the cheapest, or the most tailored?) in the center of your overall strategy. Based on your chosen Value Discipline, you will have to adjust your Operating Model to be entirely consistent with it.

What is the goal of the model?

Focusing your growth. As you build and scale in stage 4, you’ll need to focus on achieving excellence in one of the three domains. This choice may already be built into your Business Model. If not, make sure that you determine how you want to differentiate as to align your Operating Model and Business Model to that discipline.



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