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Balance of Power

Posted by on July 22, 2013 at 8:14 am

  The balance of power shifted for the manufacturer to the retailer.  The retailer dominates the marketplace.   Today, the tsunami of retailer brands,  dollars, consumer access and shelf control dwarfs manufacturing weapons.  The manufacturer must create virtual worlds shifiting the physical world into a virtual world.   Virtual worlds and hyperlinking them to emotions, [...]

Update of Instructions Manual

Posted by on April 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

I have been asked to update the Disregard Previous Instruction Manual for Business Leaders.  If you are going to succeed in this rapidly changing world, we face two challenges: make sense of the world around us and Disregard Previous Instructions. Update Leadership Most leaders see things the same way everyone else sees them because they [...]

“Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely

Posted by on April 12, 2013 at 10:01 am

“Predictably Irrational” by Dan Ariely – If you have ever wondered how consumers make decisions this is a must read.  There are several examples–Starbucks, Coke, Duke basketball tickets, healthcare–all focus in on decision drivers that will turn your world upside down. I fell into that category. Consumer relationships and treatment is top-of-mind. His observation; “You can’t treat [...]

The Picasso Brand

Posted by on January 2, 2013 at 11:47 am

“The first artist as a brand was Picasso,” (The Art Newspaper, December 2012). Picasso controlled the relationship between production and distribution.  Picasso excited demand with a continuous stream of new styles. Collectors dutifully moved on from the Blue Period to Cubism just as consumers later moved on from a ’57 Chevy Bel Air to a [...]

Executive Program in Corporate Strategy, University of Chicago Booth School of Business

Posted by on November 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

The courses offered at the Booth School in corporate strategy are dated. The program should include; how technology has impacted strategy, challenging the status quo, reinventing the brand and sales cycle and digital darwinism. Wining the past is not helpful. Winning the future is. The cost $8,675. I would not pay that fee. You decide.

Tattoos. Tattoos. Tattoos.

Posted by on October 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm

I have been reading about tattoos. Tattoos are supposed to be new. Tattoos are identifiers. Tattoos are body designers. Tattoos are badges. That is nothing new. What about Indians? Indians use tattoos, (although they did not call them that) to: identify tribes, to identify individuals, to go into battle, to tell stories and as a [...]

” Margins Come In First, Consumers Are Second”

Posted by on August 30, 2012 at 12:56 pm

“Restaurant operators are in a position where they don’t have much choice but to raise prices because they operate on such thin margins” Costlier Food Puts Restaurants in Bind, New York Times, August 29, 2012. Really. As far as I know, margins do not buy fast food, margins do not increase customer traffic; margins do [...]

The Ideal Corporation – Redux

Posted by on August 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

I have been asked by the senior management of several enterprises to define the Ideal Corporation. The first task was to develop a historical perspective. The second task was to explore the usual ways we define a corporation. These methods always yield unsatisfactory answers simply because we deal with the past while the question deals [...]

The Ideal Corporation

Posted by on August 15, 2012 at 1:35 pm

What should we expect from a corporation? This question has been asked many times and answered many times and the answers differ depending upon whom you ask and when you ask and what your motives seem to be in asking. Even among corporate executives, however, there is a wide variety of answers.  People, even people [...]

Dr.Murry: Commencement Address at UCLA

Posted by on July 12, 2012 at 10:56 am

Dr.Murry was one of three people (Big Short) who predicted and took advantage of the housing crisis, credit default swaps and the collapse of Aig.  His commencement address at UCLA is a tutorial on how he did what he did.  He explains his logic, decision making and big bets.  The government instead of asking for [...]