Corporate Culture In An Age Of Unicorns and Disruptors

Tweet   Poor, poor Travis Kalanick, CEO of UBER. The last time I witnessed a senior executive combust so quickly and so publicly it was Jeff Skilling. And, remember, Skilling was being ousted for the largest bankruptcy in US history, the loss of billions in investor dollars and over 20,000 employees losing their jobs, and […]

Can Banking Culture Adapt To Today’s Business Transformation?

Tweet   “What business are you really in? Are you in the railroad business or transportation business?” Harvard Business School professor Theodore Levitt’s classic line from “Marketing Myopia” is as profound today as it was in the late 1950’s when he first published it. His question elegantly forces business leaders to think more broadly about exactly who […]

Preparing For The Coming “Age Of The Robots”

Tweet   Its quite amazing to recollect but eighteen years ago I sat in a darkened movie theatre, warm popcorn in my lap, and fidgeted like a giddy teenager watching Canadian acting legend Keanu Reeves (truth!) kick the proverbial ass of Agent Smith in a little movie called “The Matrix”. That little movie, and the […]

Amazon & Sears – A Cautionary Tale of Two Cultures

Tweet ‘He would find a hole in the data and then explode’ “I would see people practically combust.” “There are so many people running for the door not just because the ship is sinking, but because the captain of the ship is screaming at them, blaming it on them, and telling them it’s their fault”  […]

Can You Create An Immortal Brand?

Tweet Nothing quite like sitting through 151 minutes of DC Comics-inspired testosterone to set your mind spinning about brands and businesses. Not the obvious elements like how fans flocked to this movie despite the panning it got from critics. The power of social media and Influencers versus the establishment? Nor the discussion on licensing power, brand portfolio […]

The Importance Of Culture on Your Digital Transformation

Tweet   With the ubiquity, pervasiveness and media hype around technology’s impact on our lives, it would be easy to suggest that we’re being swept forward in blissful euphoria toward a bright and shiny tech-enabled future. That would be overly simplistic and a little naïve. Specters like automation, privacy, government surveillance and black hat hacking suggest, […]

Hope is not a Strategy

Tweet                       We all have quotes and sayings that we adore. They’re typically opening slides in presentations or adorn the bottom of our emails. They signal a perspective we share. And often communicate an opinion so succinctly it would take us months to emulate something […]

Culture, Strategy & The Turmoil of M&A

Tweet   Another week. Another deluge of press releases announcing another mega-merger. This time between Heinz and Kraft. Inevitably the press releases read like a playbook of PR buzzword bingo. Synergies Complementary competencies Economies of scale And the phrase so beloved of Wall Street analysts….Efficiencies. Efficiencies. Such a benign word in print. Not so benign […]

How Purpose can Drive Change and Innovation

Tweet     Change has become a recognized game-changer for enlightened and progressive businesses. In this series we’ve attempted to define why Purpose and Profits should be linked and explained the importance of building a system to measure the impact Purpose has. In this post, we go further into the notion of Purpose as a […]

Measuring Purpose. The next key business imperative

Tweet In the first article in this series on purpose, we looked at the nature of purpose and espoused the view that purpose has two facets: functional (where it describes what the company must get done); and intentional (where it articulates what the company would like to see change in the wider world.) In this […]