Is Your Strategy Scientific?
Most of us realize that thanks to science, and perhaps more importantly, scientific method, that we enjoy a level of technology and therefore comfort that the kings and queens of a century ago would have envied. Maybe we should apply the scientific method to how we run our businesses. Specifically,
The Passion Trap
“Follow Your Passion”….. “Do What You Love”….. “Build It and They Will Come.” These phrases have practically become big laws of career wisdom; but do they really lead to success? Many would-be entrepreneurs have found that starting businesses by following their passion results in no one following them. Ultimately, passion
Queen Mary Requests Your Presence
The two most eagerly awaited events every spring are the opening of baseball season and Mary Meeker’s, (aka Queen of the Internet,) annual Internet Trends presentation. As the lead internet analyst at VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, millions of business people rely on her analysis and predictions. Whether
Defy the Gap!
Professional sports team employ full time talent scouts. Do you? You may not need to go as far as the sports team do in this regard, but with the economy at near full employment, all the low hanging fruit has moved further up the tree. Wouldn’t you be well served
Every Silver Lining Has a Cloud
Every CEO should remember the proverb that “every silver lining has a cloud.” The business translation of this adage was best put by Vistage Speaker Pat Murray who has warned thousands of Vistage members that the “second worst thing that can happened to a company is success.” In that spirit,
Second Order Consequences and the C-Suite
Being a C-Level Executive means having a point of view about the future. Many executives limit their thinking about the future to the initial impact of a particular change but don’t think about what happens after that. Business (and life) is often like a row of dominoes: we push one
Crimes Against Pizza
Quality isn’t everything. Case in point: Domino’s Pizza. Founder Tom Monaghan discovered that the key to success in the pizza business wasn’t great pizza, but free delivery. But no competitive advantage lasts forever and the company’s subpar pizza began to deliver subpar results, no matter how fast it’s delivered, especially
Those who are concerned that China’s economy will surpass ours should consider the following “required reading.” China just announced to great fanfare that after years of effort and millions in investment, it has managed to produce… a ballpoint pen! (This was accomplished in the US about 80 years ago). Before
Access to Six Figure Consultants: Here They Are
Michael Milken (of Wall Street Fame) holds the Milken Conference each year featuring dozens of the world’s best known entrepreneurs, scientists, financiers, researchers and other notables in hour long seminars on topics such as financial markets, the economy, medicine, Millennials, health care and much more. Most of us can not afford
Have you seen Jim Collins’ 12 GREAT Questions?
Jim Collins has become the pre-eminent management writer of our generation with such works as Built to Last, Good to Great, How the Mighty Fall and Great by Choice. In recent years, has been increasingly queried by executives as to how they could efficiently use this impressive, but voluminous, body