Category: CEO

Days of Disruption (No. 20) Galloway on the Future of Retail

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Every January, many futurists, academics and others look ahead. Scott Galloway, venture capitalist, board member, and NYT marketing professor gives a stunning and sometimes disturbing look ahead during a talk at last fall’s Recode Conference.  One of the world’s best retail watchers, he also has some compelling thoughts about technology and

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Sinek on Safety, and CEOs

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Most of us are familiar with Dr. Abraham Maslow’s “Hierarchy of Needs” which ranks the basic needs all humans have.  After basic physiological needs (food, water, shelter, health)  the most important need for most people according to Maslow is safety. We may not be able to protect our employees outside of work, but Simon

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The Book that Rebooted Microsoft

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has done a remarkable job in resurrecting the fortunes of the company since being named the head of the iconic firm nearly five years ago.  Many commentators point to the success of the Microsoft SurfacePro and the company’s focus on cloud computing, among other decisions, as

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A Service Tsunami

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The high-end (i.e. so-called “white collar”) jobs in our economy have been less affected by the rise of the internet than producers and distributors of goods and those holding lower level service jobs.   If you’ve been spared so far, the party may be over soon. Venture capitalist Andrew Chen offers a

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An Electric Bloodletting

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GM CEO Mary Barra caught the attention of the business world this past week when she announced that the company would cut 14,000 jobs, idle seven plants and eviscerate its sedan line in favor of SUV and cross-overs.  Ms. Barra has made several big bets here; not only in terms

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A Memorable Memo

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Most executives can’t escape the need to write a memo from time to time, but most don’t enjoy it and one reason may be they’ve never been taught how to write a good one. Marketing blogger Seth Godin in a one-page blog posting, “Get Your Memo Read”, offers five quick tips to make

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Your Other Strategy

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When it comes to strategy, we usually think first of our marketing and sales strategies (whether intentionally created or not).  But in this economy,  you need to focus as much on your talent and human capital strategies as those designed to drive revenue.  If you haven’t reevaluated yours recently (or taken

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Zuckerberg and Scrabble

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A recent excellent HBR article that suggests  “business does not need the humanities, but humans do. “ This short HBR blog posting makes the case that we are creating a culture where “big data begets small minds “ and we run the risk of favoring the “unprepared overachiever.” The writer makes a compelling

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WHO, NOT HOW

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When we are faced with a new problem, what is our first instinct? “How Do I Solve this Problem?”  Turn the question around – ask “Who Solves this Problem?” Here’s a valuable tool for your new venture from Peter Diamandis, successful entrepreneur, co-founder of over twenty companies, and founder of

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Rookie Leader Mistakes

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We all make mistakes when undertaking a new activity and first-time leaders are no exception.  Two former Navy Seal Commanders believe that new leaders always make the same two mistakes.  This short article from Business Insider will tell you what they are.   See also the video link at the end of the article

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