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Walt Disney – His First Vision and His Future Vision

The year 2016 will mark the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s passing (that makes a boomer feel old!).   After his death, several CEOs tried various departures from Disney’s original vision.   In recent years, the company has returned to its roots of focusing on great content in general, and superb storytelling in

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Why Do CEOs Get Fired?

Invariably we read about a CEO leaving a company, and words used in the announcement make it sound like Company growth was not fast enough or the earnings could/should have been better.  Boards are magnificent at masking the true reason CEOs get fired – afraid to hurt their feelings.  When

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To Be a Good CEO, Be a Navy Seal

The most important thing we ever manage is ourselves.    Serial Entrepreneur Jesse Itzler who founded Marquis Jet (and sold it to Warren Buffet) and  Zico Cocoanut  Water (which he sold to Coca-Cola) felt he was getting stale and needed a coach….so he invited a Navy Seal to move in with

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FAO Schwarz: Another Rise and Fall

FAO Schwarz, the legendary toy story in New York that was immortalized by Tom Hanks playing the “ floor piano” with his feet in the movie “Big,”  closed this week after operating since 1870 and boasting 40 stores at its peak.  Its demise is attributed to some of the same

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Seven Questions of Effective Marketers

The late, great Peter Drucker once remarked that “The aim of marketing is to know and understand the customer so well the product or service fits him and sells itself.”  Great advice….and how do you do go about knowing and understanding the customer? Marketing guru Seth Godin says you start

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Who Would Ever had Thought: An MBA from Netflix

If you don’t have the time or money for that MBA, there are any number of online courses (Coursera) you can take.    Added to these course offerings are a dozen Netflix documentaries about the people that have built organizations and how they created and managed these companies…..and themselves.  Check out

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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

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Salary Equalization: Is It The Correct Decision?

It’s often said that the “road to Hell is paved with good intentions.”  This past week, a young CEO, Dan Price, who founded Gravity Payments, a credit card payments processing firm, cut his pay from $1,000,000 to $70,000 and raised the pay of ALL employees making less than $70,000 to

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“Disruption”: Dumb Luck or Deep Understanding?

We often think of “disruption” as belonging to the realm of startups or big, but innovative and relatively young companies like Google or Apple.  Is it luck…is it art… or is it science?.   One really old, really large company that makes many products you use every day knows that disruption

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Mark Cuban: Moving from Bartender to Titan

Mark Cuban is best known as the founder of Broadcast.Com, the owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a regular on “Shark Tank.”   What you may not know is that after graduating from college he launched his tech career by becoming…. a bartender.   Check out this summary of the rest of

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