Github acquisition by Microsoft: Managing in the Knowledge Age

Enter big, bad, old world, clunky Microsoft who acquires Github last year and the Internet exploded with jokes. Both Bill Gates and Steve Balmer were tough industrial age managers and Satya Nadella realized that the world had changed- see “How Microsoft got its groove back.”Command and Control” and top down strategy days are over in the knowledge age.

The Furniture Brand Fiasco – resolve to Google your brand reviews in 2019

2019 has rolled in andĀ  understanding the digital assault on Brands is timely.Brand owners don’t seem to Google their own brands. How could many brands with 1.5 star reviews still be in the market? Our guess is that managements don’t seem to checking. If they checked, they’d find solutions to this brand fiasco.

Blockchain will make supply chains stronger but challenge brands

Blockchain technology will start shaking up supply chains and brands. But first, what is blockchain? Here's our take: Blockchain is a distributed accounting ledger . A mechanism to share how much was paid and received by whom, where each transaction is verified on a peer-to-peer basis. Sort of like verified reviews on Amazon. The personContinue reading “Blockchain will make supply chains stronger but challenge brands”

No surprise: Content marketing offline is really about trust

When it comes to content online, authenticity and truth matter a lot forĀ  search engine rankings (SEO) . Surprisingly there is some confusion about what “content” really means in offline dealings. If you think about it, the whole “authenticity online” thing for SEO really comes from the physical world. The physical world of human-to-human interactions.Continue reading “No surprise: Content marketing offline is really about trust”

Non-Profits must start preparing for 2014 giving season- A look at High Net Worth Donors

The US charitable giving season corresponds to the Thanksgiving-New Year period and now is a great time to start preparing for the 2014 giving season. With about 1.5 Million non-profts – think of any social cause- and there are hundreds if not thousands of charities operating in that space offering stiff competition for donor dollars.Continue reading “Non-Profits must start preparing for 2014 giving season- A look at High Net Worth Donors”

Power did not corrupt Mandela: lesson in leadership

Every leader in business or public life must wonder at the enormous global goodwill and affection on display at the Nelson Mandela funeral today. What was it in Mandela that inspired people worldwide? Mandela was one leader who power did not corrupt. But first some background about the quote ” Power tends to corrupt andContinue reading “Power did not corrupt Mandela: lesson in leadership”

B2B suppliers tell you: Do you listen? Obamacare website and the BP oil spill

The B2B blame game between contractors and BP during the oil spill and the blame game between the IT contractors and the Federal HHS is eerily similar. B2B suppliers tell you- but do you listen? is the question to ask. The prepared remarks of HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius for her testimony tomorrow (October 30) areContinue reading “B2B suppliers tell you: Do you listen? Obamacare website and the BP oil spill”

“The Social Revolution is a Trust Revolution”- says Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com

"The Social Revolution is a Trust Revolution"- says Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com and in the video from the tenth Dreamforce conference, Men's Wearhouse CEO George Zimmer seems to agree and say… I guarantee it! The Salesforce.com approach, as unveiled today, does a nice job of integrating social media information about a sales prospect to theContinue reading ““The Social Revolution is a Trust Revolution”- says Marc Benioff of Salesforce.com”

Character not personality: why 7-Habits Steven Covey is followed across the globe

7-Habits author Steven Covey passed away yesterday and it was just the previous week when a friend and visiting Indian CEO mentioned that Steven Covey’s 7 Habits is a great inspiration for him. And this was before the news of Covey’s passing so it led to this post about why Steven Covey’s ideas resonate across countries and cultures.

Company website deals don’t seem to reach distributor salespeople

Just as  gas gets cheaper and Auto sales rev up for the July 4th holiday it is surprising that salespeople at auto dealers don't seem to assume that a customer is very likely to have checked on the website offers of the manufacturer. This disconnect between company website and distributor salespeople  is amazing because todayContinue reading “Company website deals don’t seem to reach distributor salespeople”