Now is the time to prepare your business for the recession.  In addition to the typical strategies of cost-cutting and cash flow management, add culture-building.  A healthy, effective, and resilient company culture can help you not just survive, but actually thrive during an economic downturn. In my new Smartbrief on Leadership video, I explain how […]


“An amazing ‘invention’ that didn’t turn out to be an innovation” – that’s how one expert described Tata Motors’s Nano.  Indeed, the current predicament of the $2,000 compact car that was introduced in India with great fanfare in 2008 holds some valuable takeaways for aspiring disrupters. […]

Omar Green

Today I interview Omar Green, the Director of Strategic Mobile Initiatives at Intuit. I met Omar when I moderated a panel on “Mobile: New Business Models, New Markets” at the Red Herring North America conference last month.  I was so intrigued by the work Omar and his team are doing, I wanted him to share […]

MIT enterprise forum

The MIT Enterprise Forum is a great program for gleaning business insights from real, live case studies.  Every month a CEO of a local, up and coming, high tech company presents an executive overview of his/her business and introduces two current challenges they’re facing.  Then an expert panel of advisors gives their advice and feedback […]


In recent weeks, both the New York Times and Bloomberg Businessweek ran stories on the booming music concert business.  The Times piece, A Front-Row Seat, to Go? Rock Fans Pay for Perks relayed the success of VIP packages which give concert goers special perks like face time with the artists at thousands of dollars a […]


I just returned from a great trip to CES, the Consumer Electronics Show.  There was a lot of excitement around new, innovative products and it seemed like important deals and connections were being made – it was an energizing way to start off the new year! I particularly enjoyed participating in some breakout sessions in […]

ad age hottest brands

Recently Ad Age published a list of what it considered to be “America’s Hottest Brands.”   The list featured 40 brands that are “setting the pace for innovation — and getting results – right now.”  Although their selection criteria wasn’t clear and I can’t say I agree with all of the choices, I did find some […]


I’m posting live from the CMO Council Summit in Monterey, CA — it’s a membership-only gathering of approx. 100 CMOs from a range of industries (everything from Ciao Bella gelato to SAP) and the theme of the conference is “Routes to Revenue.”  […]