You’ve been there, right? The celebration kickoff meeting launching your new culture change initiative has come and gone. The optimism and hope for a future resembling the lofty words from the new corporate values statement lasted a few days … maybe even a few weeks. Then, a slow march to [...]
Building a business that lasts is the exception rather than the rule. Fifty percent of start-ups fail within the first five years. That number drops the longer you stay open, but even then, building a sustainable business requires a unique combination of skill and luck. Fortune 500 companies last, on [...]
A former high school classmate recently greeted me with this comment, “You look exactly the same. You haven’t changed a bit.” My initial reaction was gratitude for the kind words and a moment of pride that I had apparently held up exceptionally well over the decades since our last encounter. [...]
Your business didn’t start out with the intent to become lethargic and ultimately irrelevant. It began with an idea that would provide a product or service that is faster, better, cheaper, or friendlier than your competitors. Sometimes that idea was an enhancement of what currently existed in the marketplace. Other [...]
Didn't make it to the Summit? Find out a few of the ideas you missed. Were you there? Here a a few key ideas to remember.
Depending on your preferred quote, the truth will make you miserable, make you mad, and set you free … but not until it is finished with you. I take no comfort in contradicting James Garfield, Aldous Huxley, David Foster Wallace, and especially Jesus. The truth, however, cannot exercise its enormous [...]
Rapid, radical technology advances have always disrupted the status quo and created a generation of marketplace winners and losers. In 1860, there were probably Pony Express riders who sat around after a long day’s ride and joked that the transcontinental telegraph wouldn’t become commercially viable even though everyone recognized its [...]
What companies are getting it wrong today? More important, what can you learn from them? The Five Friends share their ideas.
Want to understand the latest trends that will affect your business? The Five Friends share their ideas.
There has never been a time when the need for leaders to pursue positive change has been more crucial than it is today. That’s not to say that change has never been important in the past. Every age presents unique opportunities wrapped in a package of seemingly insurmountable problems. Imagine [...]