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Publish or Perish

There’s no shortage of discussion on how to save the publishing industry, in particular, newspapers and magazines. The Atlantic Monthly’s piece goes in-depth into what Google might do — for better or for worse. But a lot of talk has been about Apple and the iPad. Will this “magical and revolutionary” device be manna from…

For Toyota, Too Little, Too Late?

After decades of hard work setting the bar for the industry for quality and reliability, Toyota’s recent recall woes with a number of its models have left its revered reputation in tatters. Managing 10 million recalled cars is a costly issue no doubt, and for some corporate cultures, one of the last things you’d ever…

Review: Pull: The Power of the Semantic Web to Transform Your Business

In the business world, there is really no shortage of data. Companies all over the world have tons of it and pay dearly for it. The semantic web helps bring meaning and context to data in a way that makes business — and life — way more efficient and smart. “Pull” is the best example…

Piecing Together a Winning Strategy

If there’s one thing I hear time and time again from clients, it’s that they want a “game changing” experience that takes the market by storm (virally, of course). More often than not, they will point to a competitive product already out there and say, “we want that, but better.” Adding to the challenge, they’ll…

Going the Distance: Business Lessons from Endurance Sports

For many people sports is a way to unwind and take your mind off work. Taking yourself away from work, even for short periods, can give you a breath of fresh thinking and renewed perspective and focus. This is particularly true if you’ve been working on a long, complex problem. Maybe this is why so…

Onward and Upward

It’s interesting to see how agencies and corporations alike are rushing to pre-fix everything with the word “social.” It’s like the initial dotcom gold rush, where everyone rushed to make online enabled versions of existing businesses. When the dust settles down, we’ll start to see where the real value creators are. Once the industry becomes…

The Social Scorecard

A few days ago, Interbrand released its latest it’s 2009 Best Global Brands report. It’s a way to assess how pervasive and valuable the brand is to a particular company. They take an interesting approach with their research methodology, which has pretty broad industry acceptance. As usual, Coca-Cola takes top honors, followed by perennials IBM,…

Good, better . . . good enough?

Quick! What’s the one computer product category that grew 5000% in sales last year? Nope, it’s not a trick question and no, it’s not the Chumby. It’s none other than the netbook, an ultra-compact, barebones, low-powered notebook computer that usually costs under $500. It used to be that technological advance meant faster, better quality and…

The Strategist’s Dilemma

In today’s economy, there is no question that companies of all size and shape under pressure to do more with less. Budgets are cut, staff is “rightsized,” and everybody has to do more with less. Processes need to slimmed down and people need to develop new skills to do things more efficiently or with fewer…

BlackBerry Etiquette

I’ve made it big! I was recently interviewed by the New York Times about “smartphone etiquette” in this day and age. The main question was whether or not I thought it was acceptable to type away in meetings. As you might imagine, I had an opinion on this and one of my observations made the…