If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. REALLY?

ld adages die hard. My favorite sneakers (excluding my red velvet Clydes), were the ever reliable Converse All Stars.  Yes, and they made a comeback only 35 years later or so after its hey day (http://qz.com/129238/how-converse-went-from-bankruptcy-to-a-1-4-billion-business/). But, was its demise really necessary?  Why didn’t the company “pivot” from its All-American message sooner? My answer: they […]

Execution requires repetition!

As Bruce Lee famously said: I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times. So many great ideas lie in the dust heap of history because there has been lack of persistence and follow-through. Find and build the right team.  Find […]

Clever insights after the fact.  Really?

I find that most smart people recognize what went wrong, but only the select few are able to help correct a “unstable” situation before it gets out of hand.  Why? My experience is that the problem derives from the fact that most people have difficulty either challenging authority or challenging the status quo.  Because I’m […]

Can’t we all just work together?

This image captures the divide between big ideas and implementation.  It isn’t too difficult to walk around that wall, talk to real people on the other side, and explain why your strategy is good for everyone: customer, company and team (the whole team).  Good ideas turn into work for someone, and they need to know […]