Do you really think he bounced back on his own?

One of the secrets of successful people is that they surround themselves with great people, but more specifically a great team, but even more specifically selected few individual(s) who act as their sounding board. These are the people who help them with strategy, tactics, the how, when and with whom. Do you really think Tiger…

Standing on shifting sands

The first thing you get taught in business school is that the business environment is always changing. The main shock came when we were told that our business degree will be obsolete 18 months after completing it. The idea of the degree is to teach us to be comfortable with change, not to only adjust…

Proving the skeptics wrong

"It'll never last..." "Someone with his background will never make a go of this..." "Are you kidding me?" "Pathetic! Delusional!" "Social media is a fad, the iPad is a toy, you're never going to amount to anything..." Here's the thing about proving skeptics wrong: They don't care. They won't learn. They will stay skeptics. The…

What does your brand really stand for?

If you tell me about service and quality and customer focus, you haven't answered the question, because a hundred other brands stand for that. If you are what others are, then there's nothing here to own or protect or build upon. Compared to what? Compared to all those that you compete with for attention, for…

You don’t have to pander

Merely giving the people what they want is a shortcut to banality, mediocrity and invisibility. The agency that gives its clients exactly what they think they want never deserves to win Agency of the Year, and worse, is rarely seen as the leader in the field, the trusted advisor that is smart enough to know…

5 steps to develop people

1. I do it – don’t try to teach people something you can’t do (don’t transform what you don’t have) 2. I do it and you are with me 3. You do it and I’m with you 4. You do it (alone) 5. You do it (and someone is with you) Afterall the function of…

Talk slowly but think quickly

I have always been fascinated by leaders and how they express themselves. Great leaders are great listeners but they are also articulate. Like a duck that looks calmer on the surface but paddle frantically below in the water, great leaders tend to look and talk slower but are faster thinkers. Nelson Mandela takes his time…

Low prices: the race to the bottom

It might be that low prices are the final refuge of an entrepreneur who has run out of ideas and is left with nothing but a commodity. Most entrepreneurs who are not willing to work on their value proposition, lazy to come up with an innovative and appealing business model tend to use lower prices…

What we teach

When we teach a child to make good decisions, we benefit from a lifetime of good decisions. When we teach a child to love to learn, the amount of learning will become limitless. When we teach a child to deal with a changing world, she will never become obsolete. When we are brave enough to…

What Small Business Owners Should Not Be Doing

Don’t be self-absorbed Sometimes it is very painful to be in business, you have everything at stake, you have your reputation at stake when its just not working. So fall into these traps of being impatient, of being self absorbed and of being selfish. We tend to say I bought this ad and so I…