Management

Harvard: “20 Logos We Love,” by Andrew Shea, April 13, 2013

Posted by on April 30, 2013 at 11:51 am

Harvard: “20 Logos We Love,” by Andrew Shea, April 13, 2013 I recently read “20 Logos We Love – What Makes A Great Logo” was logo-light.  It needed further explanation and clarification. My turn. Logos are symbols and are just that – symbols.  Some of them are incredibly powerful and others are just so much [...]

2013 – Seeing What is Next

Posted by on December 17, 2012 at 12:43 pm

Introduction Seeing differently means questioning how we are doing things, whether we are working on new solutions to old problems, or creating new ways of doing things that have never been done or even thought about before. 1.  Disruption is the New Normal.  Management performance should not be measured by how much disruption it can [...]

Wall Street “Wizards” Just Presided Over the Biggest Money Drain in History – And They Are Getting Off Scot Free

Posted by on November 27, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Executive Memorandum CONFIDENTIAL To: The New CEO From: The Previous CEO Date: November, 2012 Re: Wall Street “Wizards” Just Presided Over the Biggest Money Drain in History – And They Are Getting Off Scot Free I imagine you are as furious as I am at the way Wall Street’s minions managed their global bloodletting.  They [...]

Tapscott vs Shirky: TEDGlobal.

Posted by on November 19, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Don Tapscott,  “Big Data, business intelligence, and next generation analytics can help deliver more effective targeted communications to customers.  And with detailed individual knowledge we can deliver better, personalized value (products and services) to them.  But in many ways this is just fine tuning of the old paradigm in marketing where companies deliver message and [...]

Remember “Niche Marketing”

Posted by on November 13, 2012 at 8:47 am

Remember how we assumed that markets were already well-defined,”mature” and of relatively fixed size, so we fought only for a fractional piece of them.”Nobody bothered to figure out what if everybody settled for a fractional piece, and nobody made an effort to expand the market, the end result a no growth profit zone. Not many enteprises [...]

The New Reality

Posted by on October 2, 2012 at 10:23 am

Confidential To: The CEO From: The Former CEO, now Chairman of the Finance Committee Date: October 2012 Re: The New Reality Thanks for the extremely gracious reception you gave my last memo. I’m glad you found it useful. Thanks also for asking me to write another memo. I’m flattered. Doubly so because I really intended [...]

Build A Bear: Target Audience.

Posted by on October 2, 2012 at 9:00 am

I have never seen an 8 year old drive a car.  I believe that is against the law.  I have never seen 8 year olds go to malls between the hours of 9:00 to 3:00 they are in school.  I believe that 8 year olds go to BBW web-site.  If they purchase bears over the [...]

Crystal Ball: Best Buy – Going out of Business (Revised)

Posted by on September 19, 2012 at 1:25 pm

Best Buy has had its lunch handed to them by Amazon and poor management. Best Buy sells commodity and low margin products. Consumers go to Best Buy stores to see the products, take a test ride and then buy the products from other retailers. As has been reported, Best Buy has too many stores and, [...]

General Electric

Posted by on September 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

“General Electric, during the Jack Welsh era, when the company’s flagship product was not an industrial turbine or a refrigerator or medical imaging device but a quarterly earnings number that reliably met or ever so slightly exceeded earnings guidance.  Because of Environmental’s demands for reliability, work is only secondary in the business of making stuff [...]

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 [...]