• What if You Said “No” to More Good Ideas?

    What if You Said “No” to More Good Ideas? Everyday it seems we hear complaints from business decision-makers about overlapping and overwhelming priorities. Everything seems to be a priority, and the pressure is on to get it ALL done, whether it’s truly mission-critical or not. Is it time to eliminate more goals and focus your…

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  • February 2011 | What if Your Top Competitor Slipped?

    February 2011 What if Your Top Competitor Slipped? Suppose for a minute you are a U.S.-based company that produces pet food or drywall or children’s toys. Tomorrow morning, you open the newspaper and you see a headline about one of your fiercest competitors linked to dangerous pet food, toxic drywall, or lead-paint used in children’s…

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  • A WikiLeaks World

    Covering your assets in a wikileaks world We’ve all heard about Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief at WikiLeaks. Not too long ago, he published classified government documents and exposed toxic waste in Africa, Scientology manuals, and even water-boarding procedures. Some want to see him as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year. Others want to see him…

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  • December 2010 | Your Company’s Achilles’ Heel

    December 2010 What is your company’s Achilles’ heel – and can you protect it? Shakespeare could not have written a play with more twists and turns than the real-life 2010 hostile takeover bid for Potash, one of the world’s largest suppliers of potash, a key fertilizer ingredient. Two companies — Australia’s BHP Billiton and Sinochem,…

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  • The Value of Older Consumers

    Tipping sacred cows for fun and profit. The value of older consumers. It’s official. If you’re older than 46, MOST advertisers are ignoring you. Why? Because conventional wisdom says you are an old bat? Probably. Conventional wisdom (and the ever-wise media) says older consumers wear black socks with Bermuda shorts, hate change, and can’t use…

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  • Do Nothing?

    In the absence of information, do nothing? When information is plentiful, a conscious and deliberate decision to do nothing can be strategic. But what do you do when the future is uncertain and information is scarce? Lack of clarity is the “new normal.” Current market conditions have driven many companies to trade the uncertainty of…

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  • Toyota and Managing a Crisis

    We recently read a great analysis of Toyota’s recall crisis in The Detroit Free Press. The article describes how growing pains caused by rapid expansion, strained engineering resources, and a centralized corporate structure put stress on Toyota’s admired corporate discipline – and created the the company’s first serious recall in more than 50 years of…

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  • 4-Actions to Survive and Emerge Triumphant

    Here is an outstanding blog entry we wish we had written! The article was published on HBR’s weblog and was written by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a professor at Harvard Business School and the author of Confidence and SuperCorp. The author outlines four specific actions that companies can take to not only survive the recession, but…

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