Archives for June 2018

The Productivity Paradox

Those old enough to remember when Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were unknown entrepreneurs can marvel at the power and promised that computers have put at everyone’s command over the decades. Despite this power, many economists have been baffled by what is called the productivity paradox which has been summarized by economist Robert Solow’s 1987 quip that… [Continue Reading]

When Great is No Longer Good Enough

It’s hard to imagine a sector that’s been disrupted more than retail. So disrupted in fact that one retail observer has concluded that “great is no longer good enough.” Wharton School marketing professor Barbara Kahn explains her comment in this podcast and review of her book “The Shopping Revolution.”

Necessary (Sales) Endings

If pressed, most C-Level executives would admit that they never fired anyone too soon. Regardless of fault, the company, the manager and the problem employee would almost always have all been better off if the parting had happened sooner. SalesLeadership, Inc. President Colleen Stanley suggests that what makes good sales managers effective can also be the trait… [Continue Reading]

“Risky Business” (Yours!)

Risk is so pervasive in business that we often fail to ask ourselves if we really understand the fundamental nature of it, how to assess it and then manage it.  This short article by Jean Proussen of the Institute of Directors provides a valuable primer for C-Level Executives for thinking about, and coping with that which… [Continue Reading]

Sauerkraut Leadership

In the late 1700s, Captain James Cook made history by being the first European to discover Hawaii, circumnavigating the globe in the process. During these long sea voyages, a disease created by lack of Vitamin C known as scurvy was very common among the crews and very difficult to treat after it presented. Captain Cook… [Continue Reading]

The “Dottie Test”

As organizations grow and C-Level executives become busier they often lose sight of the team members who occupy the lower rungs of an ever-growing org chart. Charles Schwab CEO Walt Bettinger shared a valuable lesson in a  NY Times Interview which taught him “you should never lose sight of people who do the real work.”  The… [Continue Reading]

Quiet Ones in Charge

One trait we don’t normally associate with great leaders is introversion.  Instead, leaders are often chosen for a winning, outgoing personality, which, sadly, sometimes is all that disguises an “empty suit.” Recent research from the Harvard Business Review may give cheer to introverts and a new perspective to those hiring C-Level positions.  This short article summarizes… [Continue Reading]

“Crazy Enough to Work?”

The great Danish physicist Niels Bohr once remarked to a young scientist who had presented a new idea to him that “Your idea is crazy.  The problem is that it’s not crazy enough to work.”  Many new businesses start out with a business model and/or strategies that are dismissed as “to crazy to work.”   Many of these new… [Continue Reading]