How The Best Make These Wishes Come True As seen on Forbes As a kid, my parents would start to strategically plant the words “naughty” and “nice” beginning in late November. The Santa card was powerful, and they played it early and often. By December 25, I was seriously contemplating whether Santa was carrying coal […]
What do you do when the bird stops singing? As seen on Forbes Well into the 20th century, miners used canaries as a way to detect methane and carbon monoxide in mines. As long as a canary was singing, all was well. If a canary died, it was time to abandon the mine immediately. It […]
…and Rachel Maddow is in the same boat As seen on Forbes.com I’ll admit to not being too political. In fact, I had to spend quite a bit of time on sites like PolitiFact.com just to make sure I wasn’t imagining something that everyone else knows is true: The right and the left find ways […]
… and what you can do about it As seen on Forbes Just after speaking at a conference last week, I was approached by a gentleman who introduced himself as a “newly minted and incredibly afraid chief innovation officer.” He had started as many of us do, with big ideas about how to shake […]
There comes a time in every business when it becomes apparent that your product, service or business model is no longer relevant.
Confessions time: I do a fair amount of public speaking and recently read this comment in my evaluations: “Would have been just as powerful without the ‘F’ word.” So despite the fact that I averaged a 9.78 out of 10 on my rating, and despite the fact that I was quoting a CEO when I dropped the bomb, I still raised an eyebrow. Many organizations have written or unwritten rules about when and where to say the “F” word, if you ever are allowed to say it at all. Budweiser actually did an amusing online ad about the concept with their now classic Swear Jar.
A Critical Lesson From The Most Successful Entrepreneurs Here are three quick questions. See if you can spot what they have in common. Why did Howard Schultz focus on the coffee experience when his peers were trying to find cheaper, better-tasting beans? Why did Sara Blakely come up with Spanx when her job was selling […]
Is Your Government Good Or Bad For Innovation?
Here’s how to know things are about to change—dramatically. I was in an advisory board meeting yesterday with eight of the smartest, most successful people I know. We were going over a specific strategy that I was trying to make work for my company with little success. The initiative had stalled under my watch. The […]
The Way You Start A Conversation May Determine The Outcome You Get Imagine being part of this interaction. You walk into the kitchen holding the checkbook. Your spouse is preparing dinner and you ask, “What’s this check for $300 you wrote last Thursday?” Impatient for answers, you glance down at the check register and jump to […]