Category: Business

General business

#Quote: “You’ve got to move out of your own comfort zone”

"By focusing only on what you know, what you are comfortable with. . .you ignore customer requirements, constantly doubling down on existing strengths."

/ November 1, 2013

Pitchfork Kills With Its Immersive Janelle Monae “Cover” Story

I have a newfound respect for Pitchfork.  It wasn't always the case.  As someone who focuses on black alt music, I've always felt that the site tended more towards bland, white indie rock dudes.  That said, I'm damn impressed by the "cover" story treatment they gave my favorite cybergirl Janelle...

/ September 5, 2013

How Ambition Impacts Corporate Strategy

Reading Lafley and Martin's Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works raised this question for me:  If so many people—and you all know them—claim to be trained in strategy, claim to be strategic thinkers, why aren’t more companies better at it? Two things come to mind: First is culture.  In...

/ May 29, 2013

Why “Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works” Is A Must-Read

Let’s get this out of the way immediately: A.G. Lafley and Roger Martin’s recently released book--Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works--is a must-read for anyone who claims to be about strategy and needs to grow their business. If you’ve come through the classical CPG training ground that is Procter...

/ May 25, 2013

Now on PSFK: 6 Keys To Waging The War Of Ideas

My first column for creative business site PSFK ran yesterday. The premise: Today's modern business environment isn't just about competing on product and service quality, but also on the quality of your ideas.  Here's some of what I wrote: It’s not just content, but the expression and sharing of powerful ideas...

/ February 28, 2013

Two Choices To Make In Strategy

I just started reading A.G. Lafley and Roger Martin's Playing To Win: How Strategy Really Works, and it's an engaging read from rip.  Then again, why wouldn't it be? Lafley is the former chairman of the board and CEO of Procter & Gamble, while Martin is the Dean of the...

/ February 19, 2013

The Year In Kickstarter

This just in from the Worth Seeing Department: Kickstarter published its 2012 numbers and the results are impressive.  If you still have doubts that crowdfunding is real, that it can be a way to fund innovation and to get projects supported that wouldn't pass muster in a traditional business environment,...

/ January 11, 2013

Forrester: CES Matters More Than Ever

And that’s why, even as the tech titans bow out of CES, CES matters more than ever to every other marketer, product strategist, and C-level executive in every industry. Because computing continues to evolve, diffuse, and disrupt--with or without Microsoft on the mainstage. --Forrester Research analyst Sarah Rotman: Why CES...

/ January 7, 2013

Courage and Leadership

I call them the six steps of leadership, surrounded by courage. Courage is an interesting one because any leadership role is about stepping out and having the courage to be different, because you have to be different to be a leader. --California Pizza Kitchen CEO G.J. Hart interviewed in the...

/ January 6, 2013

Notes from @PSFK’s 2013 Trends Hangout

Good stuff on the hangout.  I'm not  offering much analysis here.  Just highlighting a few things that stood out to me. In addition to PSFK co-founder Piers Fawkes, the hangout included: Aziz Ali (PSFK contributor) Rachel Schectman (Story) David Polinchock (AT&T Adworks Lab) Chase Jarvis (Creative Live) Jonathan Ford (Pearlfisher)...

/ December 12, 2012

Strategy: Easy to say. Hard to do.

Strategy is one of those words people like to throw out.  It makes them sound smart.  The word is easy to say, but hard to stick to. Let’s assume you’ve picked the right strategy.  Here’s the thing: It's about way more than choosing a direction.  Strategy says this is what...

/ December 11, 2012

Lefsetz’s Rules of the Road

6. We live in a singles world. If you listen to the outcries demanding an album you’re no different from Karl Rove protesting that Romney won. He who cracks the singles market on a regular basis will win in the future. No one’s got time. Stay in their mind constantly...

/ December 10, 2012