Two vastly different news stories, one about Alzheimer’s and the other about dollar stores, together convey an important strategic leadership lesson about the importance of alignment with partners in achieving an organization’s goals. Dollar stores (Dollar General, Family Dollar Stores and Dollar Trees) are growing rapidly at the expense of Walmart. Recently the dollar stores have added a lot more branded products e.g., Kraft, Heinz and others. Better packaged food selections, plus dollar stores’ closer (than Walmart) proximity to low-income neighborhoods has attracted new customers and larger shopping trips as rising gas prices increase the cost of driving to Walmart. Lipton Cold Brew Iced Tea and Jello No-Bake Cheesecake in a dollar store? I suspect that after decades of Walmart’s ruthless purchasing practices, consumer goods companies seek any opportunity to diversify their channels to gain supplier power to fight Walmart’s Herculean purchasing power….