As seen on Forbes Hint: No matter how aggressive we are being, we aren’t being aggressive enough. I wasn’t being hyperbolic with that headline. Most innovation officers are brought in to shake things up, and just about all of them are not aggressive enough. Let me give you a representative example, and then I’ll talk […]
It is always nice when a business principle reserved only for the bravest leaders proves itself to be true under the worst possible conditions — a lesson in surviving the perfect storm.
Four Options To Move Beyond Price As seen on Forbes.com We won’t see the true impact until most retailers close their financial books for 2014 at the end of January, but this much is clear as stores take down their Christmas displays: There is a growing awareness in retail that a once surefire way to […]
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 […]