Age and Treachery, or Youth and Skill

Our culture is youth obsessed in many ways, not the least of which is the perception that twenty-something’s have an edge in entrepreneurship over older (Boomers) business people despite the latter’s broader and deeper experience. Several researchers decided to test the conventional wisdom and took a look at entrepreneurial success by age group. This summary… [Continue Reading]

Days of Disruption (No. 2): Meet Zander Futernick

Meet 21 year old Zander Futernick who may be about to teach the airline industry how to run, well, an airline. Existing businesses are often reinvented by finding an unserved market and/or creating a different business model for an old product.   This short article from Forbes relates how Mr. Futernick is exploiting the market space between… [Continue Reading]

Independence in Real Time

The introduction of the telegraph in the 1830s made news available instantaneously. Until its invention, news could only travel as fast as a horseman or ship could carry it. Were the Declaration of Independence to signed today, the announcement would be shared everywhere at once (assuming of course it hadn’t been leaked first). This graphic… [Continue Reading]

Toys Were Us

It’s one thing for a business or industry to suffer a significant downturn.  It’s quite another for an industry icon to disappear entirely. To wit: the Toys ‘R’ Us shutdown, liquidation and its soon to be total disappearance from the retail scene.  What can we learn from the demise of  Toys ‘R’ Us?   Vistage Speaker Marc… [Continue Reading]

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]

IQ, EQ and AQ

For decades, the Intelligence Quotient (IQ) was the metric most focused upon in assessing one’s chances for success. In the 1990’s,  the Emotional Intelligence quotient (EQ) took on increasing importance as a predictor of career success. Now comes “AQ”.  A short Wired Magazine article provides a good overview of how AQ along with IQ and EQ may… [Continue Reading]

20 Executives Share Lessons They Wish They Could Have Told Their Younger Selves

What You Might Some Day Tell Yourself:   In addition to what CEOs think you should read,  here’s the advice they would give their 22 year old selves if they could go back and offer themselves a stern warning.

Reverse Mentoring

Mentoring and coaching are usually thought of as an older, more experienced person guiding a younger inexperienced person. However, in a time of a great change, it may make sense for the senior person to have a junior coaching him or her as the young generally do better adapting to, or creating, change than those… [Continue Reading]