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Value Addition

Today I’ve been considering the need for small businesses to add value for their customers in different ways outside of simply fulfilling their orders.
Often, smaller businesses don’t have the scale economies to compete with larger organizations solely on price. The classic example of this situation is Walmart versus the mom and pop brick and [...]

Crazy Busy Work — Best Time of Your Life

It’s launch time.  Often times in business and marketing in particular, you spend a great deal of time preparing materials and executing strategy for a launch. It’s a cyclical thing, every year you have to innovate and bring new life to the market.  It’s as exhilarating as it is exhausting.  You think about work all [...]

Favorite Aspects of Business

There are a lot of negatives to business in general. Many people do not like working in business for a number of reasons. It’s competitive, in larger companies there are politics, people can be disingenuous and only looking out for themselves, etc. There are lots of reasons.
But there are a huge amount [...]

Facebook: A Digital Conglomerate?

Yesterday, Fred Wilson had an interesting post on some 2015 predictions.  I’ve read his blog for many years and he is always offering interesting thoughts on software, engineering, venture capital and tech as a whole.
He wrote a few things of interest to me yesterday.  Here is the article quote:
6/ Capital markets will be a mixed [...]

Astute or Honest? To Be or Be Not.

Politically astute is a common phrase.  You hear it often in business and government.  Essentially it means to be adept at understanding situations and people and turn them to your own advantage. At face value that sounds like something everyone would aspire to.  Why wouldn’t you want to turn a situation to your advantage? Ultimately [...]

Zappos and Thoughts on Customer Centricity

I’ve followed Zappos for quite a while now, simply because companies that are willing to organize themselves around the customer are rare and can potentially teach a lot.  Two weekends ago, while on a trip with friends to Vegas, I got a chance to see the headquarters first hand.  Zappos is actually in the process [...]

The American Work Week: Transition to Four Days?

Since Memorial Day, I’ve been thinking about the work week.  I read an article on Reddit the other day that  brought up similar ideas.
Typical weeks of work in the American culture are roughly 40 hours per week spread over 5 days.  In the business scene, the number of hours skews higher, typically more like 50-60 hours [...]

For Profit Organization Effects On Society

With the recent discussion of Amazon and the biosphere they want to build, I’ve been thinking a lot about how for-profit organizations contribute to society and asking a few questions too.  What are they obligated to do as community stakeholders?  Where do they draw the line?  How do their actions contribute to business success?
We live [...]

The Ability To Be Wrong

Not much of an ability, in all reality.  To err is human, after all.  EVERYONE you have ever known or will know is wrong seemingly countless times in the course of their lives.  I won’t get into the specifics of what “wrong” is as that’s a long philosophical journey which I haven’t seen the end of yet. [...]

How Things Go Wrong

In all my work as a marketing professional, hindsight always shows the errors.  The goofs, blunders and odd thinking that led to a piece of collateral, communication, meeting or pitch gone wrong.  And they will continue to be.What causes all these follies?What causes otherwise rational folks to make what in retrospect seem like such implausible [...]

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