Maybe INDUSTRY is no longer the right word?

I was thinking about disruption, specifically about the technology, education, journalism, and manufacturing industries, and thinking about how disruption has precipitated the need for digital strategy.  It seemed like the incumbents are all trying to do the same things – simultaneously maintain the status quo and plan for an uncertain future that nearly guarantees a…

Thinking about Rebates…

Why do rebates exist?  Two reasons – one two drive sales of a product (along with the realization that significant numbers of purchasers will not redeem the rebate or fulfill all its terms) and two to collect information about consumers with the intent to reuse the information in other promotions or generate income by selling…

Polarization gives way to Collaboration?

Both Microsoft and Apple  have recently announced the departures of senior leadership (Steven Sinofsky and Scott Forstall, respectively) who’s leadership style could best be described as polarizing.  The announcements seem to point to an industry recognition that competitiveness requires collaboration and not the strength of an individual’s cult of personality.

Telling Stories.

During an internal job interview, I was asked by my peers how I would convince and persuade others.  My answer was to tell stories.  (I didn’t get the job).  This post at HBR states that a storytelling style is a good way to make your presentations more effective.