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Top 5 lessons we learned in 2016

Actually we knew these, but were reminded of them once again this year. 1) Find the truth yourself With both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. the world learned that the “experts" are not always right. For a business leader at any level, the learning from this is profound. Do you really know what [...]

By | December 29th, 2016|E-stories, Uncategorized|1 Comment

How to Succeed at Disruption

By now you are probably aware that in the last 5 years, a battle for men’s faces has broken out. The spoil to the victor is billions of dollars. The men’s grooming industry has traditionally been a two company war between Schick/Wilkinson and Gillette, with Gillette owning about 70% of the +$10 billion a year [...]

By | October 12th, 2016|E-stories, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Don’t give up on little ideas

  “There is a serious possibility that this simple discovery will have a profound influence on the health status of women in Asia.” - Dr. Alastair Summerlea, President, University of Guelph Sometimes the simplest ideas have the potential to create the biggest change. “Why can’t I call a taxi from my smartphone?” gave us Uber. [...]

By | July 19th, 2016|E-stories, e-zine|1 Comment

How to Own a Market

Apple’s launch of the Apple Watch in 2015 promised to breathe new life into what looked like an outdated product category: wrist watches. But sales of ultra-luxury mechanical watches continue to be strong. And what amazes us is that literally all of the premium brands in this category come from one place – Switzerland. There [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|E-stories, e-zine|0 Comments

A Solution to Slumping Productivity?

Researchers in Canada have determined that the average person now has an eight-second attention span. This drop in focus has been on a steady decline since 2000, which many technology experts point to as the beginning of the “mobile revolution”. “Today’s average employee is a multiple screen user with phones, tablets, and computer screens.” States, [...]

By | April 27th, 2016|E-stories, Social|0 Comments

Netflix: The Art of Evolution

"Netflix in the beginning was a new technology company, but based on the oldest technology possible: the US post office." - Robert Thompson, Syracuse University If Uber is classed as a disruptor for its industry (and it is), then Netflix is a serial disruptor. In its short history, it has created and successfully driven disruptive new models in several [...]

By | February 4th, 2016|e-zine|1 Comment

The Sharing Economy: Taking It WAY beyond Uber

Love it or loathe it, the Uber-fication of everything has shifted people’s expectations of the businesses and services they use. And customers are embracing it in droves. - John Rossi, Information Age The “sharing economy”. It sounds so kind, so friendly. So why is the concept creating so much outrage and controversy? Here’s why: because [...]

By | October 22nd, 2015|e-zine|0 Comments

Leadership and the Ice Bucket Challenge

The power, the joy, the hope that came through on those videos back to Pete, number one, and's almost like we got a visual, 'we're with you,' from every person doing it. - John Frates (Pete’s father) Growing up in Massachusetts during the 90’s, Pete Frates excelled at all sports, including football and hockey...but [...]

By | September 11th, 2015|e-zine|0 Comments