3 Things We Need To Cultivate As We Recover From The Pandemic

I’m sure I’m in the same boat as a lot of people when I mention that during the pandemic, I miss the friction of ideas that come up due to random conversations, meetings, or drinks with people that I might just bump into when I am out and about or run into a conference or something. As we’ve moved through …

What if…

  Here are a few things we take for granted as being the absolute truth these days, but have we ever stopped to ask if maybe they aren’t true: What if consumers don’t have all the power? What if customers aren’t price sensitive? What if the customer isn’t always right? What if Big Data won’t solve the question of understanding …

Two viewpoints

Somedays I think that there are essentially two ways of viewing the world… The first is from the point of view of narrowing your choices, eliminating ideas, and trying to whittle down your options to the point you have only got one choice. The second one, and a more productive one for me, is that you need to open up …

Guidelines…what guidelines?

One challenge that most organizations find themselves facing is how to make sure that everyone is on the same page with an initiative, an action, or some policy… One thing I learned in working with organizations all over the world is that most of the time, the simplest step is to systemize what you most want to occur… I know …

Your road

There is this fallacy that gets perpetrated from time to time that planning will slow your creativity or your intuition…that’s garbage. Even if your plan is only one line on the back of a napkin, you need to know what direction you are heading…even if you know you are planning on veering off the road along the way. 

A new kind of artist

I love art: books, music, painting… And, I love artists: Dylan, Eddie Vedder, Michael Stipe, Picasso. Today, I want to propose a new class of artists….and they sometimes wear suits and ties and ride the subway…they are businesspeople like Seth Godin, Alan Weiss, and Peter Drucker. While we don’t look at business as an art, it is. Business is the …

What is a failure?

I think we all think about failure… Or, I can say that I do. What no one teaches us about failure, if they mention it at all, is that we are all failures at things…that’s how we learn. We don’t really learn from our successes, but we learn from the errors we make on the way to those failures. And, …