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An authentic way to stand out is to have a point of view

Since most folks stand for nothing more than the same, an authentic way to stand out is to have a point of view about the future.

Strategy starts with identifying changes

McKinsey interviews Richard Rumelt and points out than when we think about strategy, learning as fast as the world is changing is more important than trying to predict it.

Don’t waste people’s time. Help them do more

The gap between what is right now and where others are become very obvious when you go from one extreme to another. This past week I spent a little time with a friend I’ve known since kindergarten as he just opened a restaurant in Mexico and I went over to see how he was doing. […]

Make your own game

Here’s my latest post on @Oninnovation: Make your own game  Enjoy! The essence of strategy is choosing to perform activities differently than rivals do; and the most vital competitive weapon is not lower price, but new ideas. Across the border in Mexico, we  have a taco shop in every corner. They all sell the same […]

Delivering happiness: Not business as usual

A few days ago I wrote about how Zappos has broken the rule that a business exists purely to make profits. They’ve designed their business model around the concept of ‘happiness’ and have made it clear that the customer IS their business. The idea is driven that by making their employees happy it further drives […]

For brands who care about you, actions speak louder than words

“For things to change, somebody somewhere has to start acting differently.” – From the book Switch: How to change things when change is hard. I was watching the above video from Trendwatching’s trend video report from earlier this year and it got me thinking about which brands I love and which I think care about […]

A young mind is a healthy mind

I wrote an article for On Innovation a few weeks ago and it was published yesterday: Finding your crayons: Innovation inspiration from the young. Initially I wanted the the article to be titled ‘A young mind is a healthy mind’ but I guess that didn’t say much, but here then is what I mean in […]