• complexity

    Why Complexity Sucks

    by  • December 18, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Complexity is in the eye of the beholder. To me, astrophysics is a complex discipline; to Stephen Hawking it is not. People engaged in complex situations fall into two categories: those who accept complexity as a fact of life and work with it, and those who fight it every inch of the way. I’m in […]

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    Want to Cut Complexity? Kill Your Darlings.

    by  • December 7, 2014 • 0 Comments

    There are plenty of generic strategic choices to drive a business forward. Risk-averse CEOs find comfort in the ‘doing more of the same’ strategic mode. Yet, when things get tough, they quickly knee-jerk into ‘doing more of the same, with less.’ Some leaders strive for scale by ‘doing more with less,’ usually meaning fewer employees. […]

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    The Best Things in Business are Free

    by  • May 20, 2014 • 0 Comments

    freeNegotiating for a lower price or something extra is the modus operandi of every antique retailer, real estate broker, flea market merchant and automobile dealer. Everyone is looking for a good deal, a real bargain. I’m not taking issue with that. Bargaining is a terrific way to create and stimulate economies.

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    Brand NBA: A Sterling Silver Case of Crisis Management

    by  • April 30, 2014 • 0 Comments

    clippersCall it a hiccup or a long-term slump; large or small, every business faces a crisis. The crisis can be brought on by a direct competitor (Blockbuster trumped by Netflix), a sudden shift in consumer habits (The Beatles haircuts on Brylcreem Hairdressing), a product recall (GM’s ignition switches), the mishandling of an environmental disaster (BP‘s oil spill), or the personal misbehavior of an executive.

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    Boldness Should Never Stand Alone

    by  • March 3, 2014 • 0 Comments

    boldnessA couple of years ago I read a book about RAF fighter pilots in World War II. One particular passage stood out. It was this: There are old fighter pilots and bold fighter pilots, but there are no old, bold fighter pilots. The author was making the point that the very best dogfight pilots were young, because of superb eyesight and lightening reflexes. What do fighter pilots have to do with the world of business? Not much, although their courage could surely come in handy in several C-suites.

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    What’s Holding YOU Back?

    by  • January 20, 2014 • 5 Comments

    Chains6“What is holding you back?” is the fundamental question everyone should answer BEFORE setting goals, objectives and resolutions. This applies to your personal life and your professional life. I know nothing of your personal life, but I do know a thing or two about business life, having lived there more years than I care to remember.

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    Why HR Needs to Be a Marketer

    by  • December 29, 2013 • 0 Comments

    MrktgHRGreat marketing begins with great strategy. Great strategy seldom happens without sacrifice. Sacrifice is the natural path to differentiation. The best brand custodians know that you never promise a smorgasbord of benefits; trying to be all things to all people is a recipe for disaster. There’s more: a marketer’s product or service better deliver on the promise. If it doesn’t, great marketing cannot exist. What does this have to do with HR? Everything.

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    Retired? 7 Insights on Getting Back in the Game

    by  • November 18, 2013 • 0 Comments

    retire-work-road-sign1Twenty years have passed since I sat in the corner office of a multinational consumer goods organization. Five years ago I removed my consulting shingle from the home office wall. Am I happy in the CEO afterlife? You bet. I’m busy pursuing other dreams that are inspirational and meaningful. So why, you might ask, would I come out of retirement and accept a temporary assignment in the C-suite of a business in America.

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    The Latest in Corporate Bail Outs – Women

    by  • October 7, 2013 • 1 Comment

    Quit2When I left corporate life, the glass in the ceiling suppressing the advancement of women to the C-suite was beginning to show cracks. Today, there’s a venerable list of female executives who have shattered that glass and gone on to illustrious careers as successful CEOs. One might think the likes of Melissa Mayer (Yahoo!), Laura Sen (BJ’s Wholesale Club), Ellen Kullman (DuPont), and Indra K. Nooyi (Pepsi) would inspire more and more women to seek greater responsibility in the corporate world. Not necessarily so.

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