brand-as-business bit:  “You can’t have fantastic breakthroughs without frustrating failures.” This is the kind of encouragement we need to hear – and who better to give it than Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who’s personally experienced very public failures (including losing his first mayoral bid) as well as some “fantastic breakthroughs” (including reducing Newark’s crime rate […]

brand-as-business bit:  “It’s time to punch fear in the face. It’s time to escape average. It’s time to do work that matters. It’s time to start.” Someone who issues statements like these is my kind of person!!  And that’s why I was thrilled to hear that someone, Jon Acuff, speak recently. Jon’s the guy behind […]

10.04.12

Followership

brand-as-business bit:   In Deadlines and Disruption, the memoir by Stephen B. Shepard, editor-in-chief of Businessweek from 1984 to 2005, Shepard writes about a conversation with Oz Elliott, former editor of Newsweek: He thought that institutions—whether magazines or companies—sometimes fail because of weak leadership. There is no vision or strategy. But sometimes, he said, even strong leaders with […]

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My recent piece, “Strategy IS Execution,” prompted quite a few reactions.  In it, I wrote about how it no longer makes sense to separate the value of strategy from the value of execution because execution is actually becoming strategy.  I’ve learned a lot from the ensuing comments and conversations.  […]

(Last week’s Women’s Foodservice Forum Executive Summit featured execellent educational content from industry leaders and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management faculty.  Here’s the next in this week-long series on key learnings from the conference.) brand-as-business bit: Kellogg Associate Professor Tanya Menon taught us how to get people motivated about the things we want to […]

(Three hundred industry leaders gathered at the Women’s Foodservice Forum Executive Summit last week in Phoenix.  The conference featured educational content from industry leaders and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management faculty.  The caliber of the presentations was so high, I wanted to pass along some of the key learnings.  So beginning today and for […]