Archive for May, 2008

May 26 2008

The Starbucks Dilemma

You know your brand is in trouble when a major men’s lifestyle magazine devotes a page of vitriol to it in its recent issue. And that is exactly what GQ recently did regarding Starbucks (http://men.style.com/gq/talkback/openletter). Much has been written of late about the problems at Starbucks. Its earnings are way off and per-store sales growth is anemic (looks like the [...]

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May 17 2008

Profile in Courage

I don’t know about  you, but I have pretty low regard for the motivational “industry” and all the “self help” gurus that purport to help you with maximizing and optimizing your self actualization. It’s mostly just a bunch of B.S. to me. The likes of Tony Robbins and the best seller “The Secret” do not engender [...]

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May 10 2008

Innovation Matters

In their provocative and insightful new book, “The New Age of Innovation,” co-authors C.K Prahalad and M.S. Krishnan discuss how the business world is being transformed by three major trends: digitization, ubiquitous connectivity and globalization. The authors write that this transformation will “radically alter the very nature of the firm and how it creates value.” [...]

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