When you are an established player in your industry and a new competitor emerges, the first natural reaction is to ignore them, but at the same time, keep a close watch from the corner of your eye to see what they’re up to. But what if that competitor accumulates 700,000 new customers within their first […]Read more "What’s Stopping Us From Changing Faster?"
When the Model T Ford was introduced in 1908, consumers were thrilled. They didn’t care that it didn’t have a roof or windshield wipers. It was better than a horse and buggy, and reinvented personal transportation. The Model T turned a page from an era of scarcity into an era of mass consumption. When Henry […]Read more "The One Word That Is Holding Us Back"
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"
“The problem of power is how to achieve its responsible use rather than its irresponsible and indulgent use – of how to get men of power to live for the public rather than off the public.” Robert F Kennedy “We have to change the direction of the project” says Phil, a middle manager in a […]Read more "I Say. You Do (and that’s just the way it is)"
Inertial. Incremental. Insipid. This is how Professor Gary Hamel describes large organizations in his HBR post titled The Core Incompetencies of the Corporation. Hamel lays out his rationale in a simple and concise manner: First, organizations are fundamentally intertial. They see change coming, but go through various stages of denial before they would actually admit […]Read more "Why Most Organizations are Still Feudal at their Core"
Recently, I had the pleasure hearing of Former Vice Chairman of the Joints Chiefs of Staff, Bill Owens speak to a small group of executives. Coming up the ranks from a nuclear submariner, Owens recalled a conversation he had with one of his most trusted advisors when he first made the upper echelons of the […]Read more "Silence is a Killer"