As I was driving home the other day, I had the misfortune of getting stuck in standstill traffic for over 90 minutes. Despite trying every side street I can think of, I was just stuck – going nowhere fast! Turns out that there was a massive protest against Uber by taxi drivers who intentionally blocked […]Read more "Growth Mindset: The Only Way to Fight Disruption"
In her recent TED Talk, Margaret Heffernan, an entrepreneur, former CEO of five companies and author, discussed an experiment on productivity by evolutionary biologist William Muir at Purdue University. Muir was interested in productivity and leverages experiments with chickens for one simple reason — their productivity is easy to measure because you can just count […]Read more "There’s a Dark Side to Heroic Leadership, and It’s Haunting Most Organizations"
There’s a new battleground in business. It isn’t about money, resources, or scale. It’s not even about brand. In the past decade, Apple has been very successful at disrupting traditional industries by introducing products that offer incredible experiences to consumers and businesses. Apple fearlessly took on incumbents such as Sony, Nokia and Blackberry, who were […]Read more "This Is The New Battleground In Business"
In most corporations, strategy is almost always set at the top of the organization. It is in the domain of the CEO and the senior leadership team to determine, often in great lengths of detail, the choices that the organization will be making and how those choices will be executed. The result of this careful […]Read more "Can Strategy Ever Become an Organic Process?"
Imagine you ran a business that virtually dominates the market. One day, you find out that a small start-up has somehow figured out a technology that lets your customers buy your product for 10% of your current price. Modern business strategy instantly focuses us on how to protect our businesses from competitors. Our instant urge […]Read more "Disruptors Don’t Play By the Rules"
On February 23rd, an email popped into my inbox and caught my attention. The title must’ve been taken straight out of Apple’s product launch playbook: “Pebble’s got something special tomorrow. Be the first to see”. Pebble, who had a meteoric rise to fame by raising more than $10 million from 69,000 people on the crowdfunding […]Read more "From a Simple Email to Making One Million in 49 Minutes"
When I received the following Guest post by Ilya Bodner, it immediately resonated with me. In days that find us surrounded by smart phones, social media, and extreme consumerism, we are more aware than at any time in history of what everyone else is doing and what everyone else has, therefore surmounting pressure and influence on […]Read more "Tomorrow’s Tide"
Subject: Authority & Merit From: Jack Dorsey X-Mailer: iPhone Mail (9B206) Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 15:08:02 -0700 To: Square Squares, I’ve noticed a funny thing in the company. There’s been a high occurrence of folks using names, mine for instance, to push through an idea. “Jack really wants this to happen, Jack thinks this […]Read more "Name Dropping is Cheating"
For most companies, strategic planning season is in full swing. We dig through vast amounts of data, meticulously craft a huge amount of PowerPoint slides and attend dozens of meetings, all of which will culminate in refining our strategy for next year. For many organizations, this has become a predictable cycle. A sort of rinse-and-repeat […]Read more "Answer these 8 Questions Before Crafting Next Year’s Strategy"
Wouldn’t it be nice if your organization had something similar to a ‘disk full’ indicator like the one we have on our computers? It can indicate that when new priorities, objectives and projects are created, we need constantly to clear out some of the old to make room for the new. Unfortunately, that’s not the […]Read more "Despite Being Overworked, There’s a Reason Why We Take on More"