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 […]

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”  […]

The Dangerous Dichotomy of Disruption

Tweet   Last week I posed a question on LinkedIn asking my connections to list what they considered the genuine disruptions of the past decade. In a week filled with the frothy tsunami of CES updates and trend reports AND the 10-year anniversary of the release of the iPhone, I received a spirited number of […]

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 […]

Are You Ready for the Next Era of Competitiveness?

Tweet     Kodak vs camera phones. Blockbuster vs NetFlix. Barnes & Noble vs Amazon. Any newly-minted MBA graduate can reel off a list of organizations felled by a competitor that came out of nowhere and brought the organization crashing to their knees. The reasons – and the excuses and post-rationalizations – are equally legendary. […]

Hands Up. Who Wants to Be An Innovator?

Tweet Back when I started my career (or when dinosaurs ruled the earth) there was a very different perspective of innovation and innovators. They were an elite group of secret, almost mythical, creatures toiling away in labs far from the prying eyes of competitors or even colleagues without a C-suite designation. As a lowly advertising […]

20 Signs That You Might Be A Redneck Marketer

Tweet Insomnia can be a real killer. Rather than tossing and turning in bed incurring the wrath of my wife, it means late nights watching infomercials and re-runs on the TV. Counter to popular belief, it seldom means inspiration and creative breakthroughs. But then there’s the rare occasion when planets align… 2am the other night […]

Marketing lessons from the Challenger Brand graveyard

Challenger brand successes are much lauded. There’s more to be learnt when Challenger Brands fail.

Is Innovation a Siren’s call for your company?

Innovation is an imperative but it can also run your organization aground if you’re not careful.