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Nike:  A Culture of Questions! 

Nike:  A Culture of Questions! 

The Idea:  “Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers.”  - Voltaire“Just Do It!” – Nike owns this declaration in our lexicon.  The Nike “Swish” is iconic, and Nike is more than a magnificent branding machine, they... read more
What Everyone Can Learn From Target!

What Everyone Can Learn From Target!

The Idea:  The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure a fall without abandoning your vision. In late 2013 Target was one of the first high profile companies to have their reputation smeared by a data breach... read more
Overconfidence:  The Big Mistake!

Overconfidence: The Big Mistake!

The Idea: “Overconfidence precedes carelessness.” ― Toba BetaAccording to recent research by Zenger/Folkman, a leadership development consultancy, people who understate their personal skills are more effective leaders than those who overstate them. When one overstates one’s skills, acts in a... read more
What’s Your Walgreens Plan Now?

What’s Your Walgreens Plan Now?

Insights:   And then there were two!  Walgreens just acquired Rite Aid. The third largest drug chain in America became too valuable to pass on. Together controlling over 90 percent of the U.S. retail drug market, this deal effectively consolidates the... read more
IMPORTANT:   The Walmart Rules!

IMPORTANT: The Walmart Rules!

The Idea: Six years ago, Walmart eliminated a number of seemingly lower profile brands, which decompressed their assortment, and made room for higher priced items. They wanted to clean up their stores, attract new consumers, and grow the size of... read more
Why Lou Reed Should Matter To All Brands!

Why Lou Reed Should Matter To All Brands!

The Idea: He was misunderstood by the mainstream, has been both criticized and celebrated for his distinctive voice and poetic, provocative lyrics. In the 1970’s he broke through with the hit "Walk on the Wild Side", but the masses never... read more
Is Exaggeration Lying In Disguise?

Is Exaggeration Lying In Disguise?

The Idea:  Research shows in one of every two discussions we fail to accurately detect if someone is lying or telling the truth. And additional studies led by researchers Aldret Vrij and Brill DePaulo found that over three quarters of... read more
What’s Your Leadership Story?

What’s Your Leadership Story?

The Idea: At this year’s Elevation Summit, Walgreen’s Beth Stiller dropped a bomb on the audience when she said, “Where you came from has made you the leader you’ve become.” She went further sharing, “Your personal story defines how you... read more
Do You Possess a Growth Mindset?

Do You Possess a Growth Mindset?

The Idea: Over the last thirty years of assessing the mindset of top performers, I am convinced more than ever before that the best in every industry possess a growth mindset.  What separates the good from the great is clear:... read more
Boring Managers Thrive!

Boring Managers Thrive!

The Idea:  Our culture is addicted to charismatic figures - government officials and higher profile leaders with the gift of public speaking, personal impact and persuasion.  We are pulled in by these attributes even when there is a void in... read more
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