2 Reasons for Apple’s Distortion on Tech Sector Profitability

I received the below chart from Business Insider Monday, which highlights that without Apple the technology sector profits would be down 3% this year vs. with them profits are up 7%.  Why is Apple out performing and at such a degree against the back drop of all other technology sector companies? There are many possible explanations and many have come before me trying to explain … Continue reading 2 Reasons for Apple’s Distortion on Tech Sector Profitability

Can We Save Marketing?

Over the last six years, I have had a personal interest on the verge of a crusade to better understand and study lead marketers and CMOs across industries. My concern, after meeting well over 300 leaders, is marketing is lacking influence and at some companies is considered “damaged goods”. How do we fix it? The question I hope to answer over the coming months. There … Continue reading Can We Save Marketing?

Leading Outside the Lines – enabling change and transformation

Image by fdecomite via Flickr Through my previous research with 60+ CMOs on the evolution of lead marketers — transformative leadership has emerged as a path forward. The question now on my mind is how does change take root and what can leaders do to foster the acceleration and permanence behavior  change. Luckily yesterday, I was turned on to The Katzenbach Center by David Garrison, … Continue reading Leading Outside the Lines – enabling change and transformation

Mobile banking in emerging markets

Capturing the promise of mobile banking in emerging markets a new article and work by Christopher P. Beshouri and Jon Gravråk of McKinsey talks about the promise of mobile to bank the unbanked populations of developing and emerging economies. I completed a project in 2005 with RTI, First Data, Whirpool, Microsoft, Yum! Brands and Humana looking at the possible future business models for emerging markets. … Continue reading Mobile banking in emerging markets

Microsoft: leading by following

Image via Wikipedia Microsoft must be doing some damage to Apple based on Adage report, which Apple is asking Microsoft to pull their laptop hunter ads. Being a commodity must be working out for Microsoft…. “We’re just going to keep running them and running them and running them,” — Kevin Turner, Chief Operating Officer, Microsoft More disturbing, is the mention at the end of the … Continue reading Microsoft: leading by following

Failure: Don’t hide it, celebrate it

Image by LunaDiRimmel via Flickr Failure is not the end of the world. With GM now restructured and the financial crisis coming to an end, should we be celebrating? Yes, IF you have learned from your mistakes. Fail fast and move on Many business people I know, have worked with or read about in the press, shy away from talking about failure. Failure is an … Continue reading Failure: Don’t hide it, celebrate it