Happy July 4th: Why think about life after the COVID Pandemic?

Tomorrow is July 4th, 2020 the American Independence day.  July 4th is the American Independence Day and a day of hope and freedom for people.Due to the recent spike in American coronavirus cases, traditional firework displays have been cancelled in regions where there is an upsurge of cases. However, there are some options to watch fireworks  and here is a nice list of virtual fire work displays. Here is our July 4th post from 2008, in the midst of the great recession.
It’s really important to start thinking about life after the global coronavirus (COVID) pandemic…. because like the great recession, we will overcome this.  Here is why we should all be hopeful this 4th of July:

The recycling crisis -what should you NOT be putting in your recycle bin

Monday was   Earth Day and it’s a good time to think about the recycling crisis facing the US. Last year China that took in most of the developed world’s recyclable trash decided to up it’s quality standards.  Do recyclables going into  the recycle bin have quality standards ?- the surprised reader might wonder. Yes they do as this article in Mercury News explains. It is timely for all to understand what you should NOT be putting in the recycle bin.

Why Big Consulting is able to compete with Big Ad Agencies for Digital Marketing work

Big Consulting firms are competing with Big Advertising agencies according to E.J. Schultz in the current issue of AdAge. Big consulting firms like IBM, Accenture , PwC and Deloitte are growing their digital marketing practices and competing with big ad agencies like WPP, Omnicom, Interpublic, Dentsu etc. for digital marketing work. Here is a quoteContinue reading “Why Big Consulting is able to compete with Big Ad Agencies for Digital Marketing work”

Trump Effect: Five reasons why CEO’s will become more involved in Marketing and Supply Chain

The Trump (@realDonaldTrump) effect in Marketing and Supply Chain is that CEO’s worldwide will take more interest in the operational decisions in marketing and supply chain. While Chief Marketing Officers (CMO’s) being rainmakers have more visibility in organizations, the supply chain folks tend to be sidelined. The CSO (Chief Supply Officer/Head of Procurement/Purchasing) typically reportsContinue reading “Trump Effect: Five reasons why CEO’s will become more involved in Marketing and Supply Chain”

Trump Victory: Life is local- Business is global

The surprise victory of Donald Trump has brought into sharp focus a  big idea for the 21st century. Life is local-Business is global Here are some things to think about from observing “local life” in  America: Local Newspapers are alive: In the US only small town newspapers are still around. The regional and national newspapersContinue reading “Trump Victory: Life is local- Business is global”

Drones for commercial use up ten times in one year- pizza delivered by drone?

The drone industry is booming. And the number of companies authorized to use drones for commercial drones is up from 499 to over 5000 in just one year according to the NBC Today show. The number of personal drones registered has risen to over a million in the USA. Currently the Xponential 2016 Conference andContinue reading “Drones for commercial use up ten times in one year- pizza delivered by drone?”

Why are people suspicious of innovation in organizations?

Introducing innovation in organizations is hard: your employees seem so suspicious of the innovation. CEO’s know that their organizations must innovate to stay relevant and succeed. Other functional heads (CxO’s) also understand the innovation imperative. And this applies to the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) ,Chief Supply Officer (CSO) or the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) etc.Continue reading “Why are people suspicious of innovation in organizations?”

Why nail spas seem to be the only growing(23% since 2007) small business on Main Street USA

If you go to any main street in America, the only  small businesses that seems to  have proliferated are Nail Spas. In one Connecticut town we counted no less than five nail spas on Main Street, spaced pretty close together. And all this growth since 2007: that is an astounding 23% growth. A lot ofContinue reading “Why nail spas seem to be the only growing(23% since 2007) small business on Main Street USA”

The “S” Curves of radical and incremental innovation

Following a recent LinkedIn piece Sharpen the Saw, cut the Tree or look for non-Trees?, here is some more detail on the "S" curves of innovation. The "S Curve" innovation thinking is attributed to Richard Foster (1986) and made famous by Clayton Christensen in the book "Innovator's Dilemma," where he discusses how each successive computerContinue reading “The “S” Curves of radical and incremental innovation”

RadioShack and now Staples: Five steps for retail businesses in the Internet Knowledge Economy

That Staples will close 224 stores by the end of the year is shocking just after the news that Radio Shack is closing 1000 stores. Shocking because a way of life in American strip malls and malls is changing- just as a Dollar Store replaced Circuit City a few years ago at our nearby Mall.Continue reading “RadioShack and now Staples: Five steps for retail businesses in the Internet Knowledge Economy”