Category: Change

A World For Rent (Days of Disruption No. 13)

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You are no doubt aware of the disruption caused by recent startups like Uber and Zipcar which provide rides and autos on demand, eliminating the need to own a car.  In an interconnected economy, this trend should not be ignored by anyone.   Futurist and Speaker David Houle in a recent

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Netflix comes to mind when we think of disruption of established business models;  in this case the Hollywood Studios.  Netflix’ success seems to some as just being in the right place at the right time and as surfers say, “catching a wave.”   It’s always hard to untangle the relative influence

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In Search of Excellence is now the Excellence Dividend

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If you began your career in the 70’s or 80’s, the business book everyone read was Tom Peters’ “In Search of Excellence” which looked at how successful companies executed strategies in an enduring way. With several decades of additional study of successful companies under his belt, Mr. Peters is back with

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Days of Disruption (No. 10):America’s Retailer – Sears

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Sears has been struggling for many years but the speculation of the past few days that it may bypass Chapter 11 reorganization entirely and proceed to Chapter 7 Liquidation indicates just how hopeless many of its lenders believe the company’s situation has become.  This article from Business Insider tells in a

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“70 over 70”

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Many aging boomers are looking forward to retirement so they can, “ check out”.   Not Paul Tasner.  A few days before Christmas in 2007 at the age of 64, Mr. Tasner was called into a meeting and fired as director of operations for a company where he had worked for

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“Radically Traditional” (or how your company can endure for 100 years)

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Speaking of disruption…..most family businesses vanish by the third generation; public companies typically disappear in even less time.  But a few, both for profit and not,  somehow persist for a century or more.   One key according to research on this phenomenon is finding a way to be “radically traditional.”   Find out what the

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Days of Disruption (No. 9)

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Disruption comes in two basic flavors: new companies disrupting the old ones, and the established firms under siege who figure out a way to recapture their success. If you’d like some great examples of both, check out a series of videos created by State Street Global Advisors that “uncovers the

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Mr. Rogers, Crayons, and Automation

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Automation has impacted the manufacturing of every product, reducing the amount of labor required to produce everything. If you’d like an object lesson on the impact of automation, look no further than Mr. Rogers (that’s right, the late Fred Rogers of Mr. Rogers neighborhood) and Wired Magazine. Over three decades ago, 

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Leader, Scale Thyself

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The most important person you ever manage is yourself.  Every person’s time talent and energy is finite, so your career advancement involves making choices about your behavior that provide the choices you want. To wit:  Facebook COO Cheryl Sandberg offers some advice in a very short article about whether you are

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Days of Disruption (No. 6)

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With all the disruption being wrecked on traditional businesses by newcomers with new business models, it’s important to remember that the disruptors are sometimes disrupted before they can displace their competitors. To wit: Movie Pass:   This much touted start up offered a monthly subscription model for movie fans which, as a recent

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