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Defeating Goliath Without A Slingshot – The Chobani Story

Defeating Goliath Without A Slingshot – The Chobani Story

The Idea:  Perhaps the most disruptive brand in recent years is Chobani, the Greek yogurt company started in upstate New York by Hamdi Ulakaya in 2002.  Within three years, Chobani was the market leader in Greek yogurt, having overthrown kingpins,... read more
Do You Lie To Yourself?

Do You Lie To Yourself?

The Idea: According to a study by the University of Massachusetts, 60 percent of people lie at least once in a 10 minute conversation. People name-drop, over state relationships, discount their weaknesses and even twist the truth to make themselves... read more
R.I.P. Performance Reviews

R.I.P. Performance Reviews

The Idea: Accenture and Microsoft recently announced they are killing a sacred cow; they are eliminating their annual performance evaluation systems, and replacing them with a process which emphasizes more on-going feed-back and real-time coaching. New research states that organizations... read more
Have You Created Brand Assassins?

Have You Created Brand Assassins?

The Idea: There are two types of people who pay attention to your products: brand advocates and brand assassins. The only reason they care is because you have either built trust or broken trust, respectively.  While 80 percent of companies... read more
How Toxic Cultures Destroy Businesses

How Toxic Cultures Destroy Businesses

The Idea: Henry Ford once quipped, “Why is it that I always get the whole person when what I really want is a pair of hands?”  Of course, most people today recognize that this would be a detrimental mindset for... read more
Drucker Is Still Right – How To Be Distinct!

Drucker Is Still Right – How To Be Distinct!

The Idea: There are over 28 million businesses in the U.S. alone.  Big and small, most want one thing: to be successful. But success is not easy.  According to Bloomberg, 80 percent of entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the... read more
Vacations:  A Growth Paradox!

Vacations: A Growth Paradox!

The Idea:  Physical health gurus know that rest is necessary for rebuilding muscles you’ve recently worked.  The same is true for your mental and emotional state in the workplace.  In order to benefit from your work, you must let your... read more
What Flags Do You Wave?

What Flags Do You Wave?

The Idea: This week the state of South Carolina chose to take down the Confederate flag. Some saw the flag as a symbol of the pride of the south, while most viewed it as a symbol of racism and hatred. ... read more
Are You In Love With Flattery?

Are You In Love With Flattery?

The Idea: Leaders who surround themselves with groupies are far from healthy and are often living in a house of cards.  We all need people in our lives that are not afraid to push back and even critique us, if... read more
Why the Grateful Dead Matters to All Brands!

Why the Grateful Dead Matters to All Brands!

The Idea: The founder of the Grateful Dead, the late Jerry Garcia, once said, “We are the only ones who can do what we do.” This past weekend, a total of 210,000 fans descended on Chicago to see them perform... read more
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