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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]