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The New Sap, The Dead Leaves

The New Sap, The Dead Leaves

Last week, we talked about corporate culture’s existence and it’s potential effects on the people who come into contact with it. There are certainly issues that each organization faces from this culture and the decisions made along the way. An old adage says that the new ascending sap crowds off the dead leaves on the […]

The New Normal Economy

The New Normal Economy

Due to the economic downturn, consumer behavior is being re-shaped.  According to an interview with John A. Quelch, professor at Harvard Business School, marketers and business people need to re-segment the way they look at their prospects based on emotions: Slam-on-the-brakes consumers feel hardest hit and reduce all spending. Pained-but-patients economize, but less aggressively. Comfortably […]

Leading leaders is the way to have lasting, exponential growth. Is your company culture one where you will leave a legacy?

Want to Grow Exponentially? Lead Leaders

In Good to Great, Jim Collins talks about the difference between Wells Fargo and Bank of America.  Wells Fargo consistently grew leaders.  They grew true leaders that would debate issues and ideas.  These leaders moved on to be C-Level Executives in other companies and countries.  Bank of America didn’t follow this pattern and later was […]

Jim Collins

How Do We Adjust?

Sales, marketing, and running a company today can all be summed up by one statement: This is the new normal. Everything has changed. How quickly you can adjust will determine your success or failure. We are constantly running into companies that are doing the same things over and over and expecting a different outcome. It’s […]

Succession planning, important for Apple and for your company

What Happens After Steve Jobs?

The recent news of Steve Jobs stepping down from Apple until June has analysts, customers and reporters on the edge of their seats.  Leander Kahney, who wrote Inside Steve’s Brain, speaks of Jobs as being the one whose hand is figuratively on designer Johnathan Ive’s hand in designing Apple products and being the mastermind behind the company.  That combined with […]

Books

What Are We Learning?

Attending the Gazelles/Fortune Small Business Growth conferences for the past 4 years, I have noticed that the recent MBA’s there are always upset that they hadn’t already learned all of this content during their education.  For example, even Jim Collins’ Good to Great was missing from their required and suggested reading lists.  In working at […]

hedgehog

What Makes A Great Company

Today, stocks are on sale and your competitors are scared.  The three things that make up great companies that are able to hit their BHAG, or Big Hairy Audacious Goal, are: Passion: Do what you love and love what you do!  What can you be the best in the world at: Where are your true […]

emergency red button

Throwing Out the Red Flag

Do you have a red flag mechanism in your company?  A way for people to pick up the red phone for an important call or press the red button to shut off the pumps?  A red flag/phone/button or anything else is an interesting idea in that it signifies that an important idea, problem or issue […]