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Interests: Spreading the message of The Phoenix Principle, reading Larry McMurtry, motorcycling, watching soccer
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Microsoft's new CEO is taking action - but it is little more than defensive props for old products and risking movements into markets where dramatic price dropping is cutting profits. Continue reading
Posted Apr 3, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
Communications are critical to successful leadership. Too often the rush to communicate can create big problems and destroy trust. Better communications planning is a necessity Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
In fast changing, global markets understanding trends is the most important part of planning - or you could end up like Sbarro. Continue reading
Posted Mar 16, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
Obamacare is looking like an economic game changer that will drive long-term health care affordability in America Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
Look past the stated $19B price and you'll see the smart reasons why Facebook bought WhatsApp and the lesson this offers for all business leaders. Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
Nintendo and Sony are in a no-profit fight-to-the-death war for game console sales. Microsoft should get out now to avoid future losses. Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
The trend is to a higher minimum wage. Embracing it can lead to success, while fighting it can lead to disaster. Future performance will link to adaptability, not execution of a success formula rendered obsolete by market shifts Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
JPMC doubled the CEO pay, and it was undeserved. This indicates a Board unable to control a leader that likely needs to be changed. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
Wall Street completely missed forecasting the 30% market growth in 2013. Why? Will Obama's "Miracle Market" continue? Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
Facebook looks like the next Apple. Like previously unstoppable growth machines IBM, Microsoft, Amazon and Google Facebook is the stock you should own as the trend to social media keeps growing. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2014 at The Phoenix Principle
Everyone has a stake in America's big, public corporations. Either as an investor, employee, customer, supplier or community leader. So how these corporations perform is a big deal for all of us. Unfortunately, we've had all too many corporations that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
The Affordable Care Act was President Obama's "landmark legislation." But it may be undone by failure to build a web site. Vision doesn't matter if you can't implement the basics. Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Cable operators remain deaf to market shifts likely to make them obsolete - even as customers buy less of their profitable products! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Apple showed Intel that Big Data and analysis can be overwhelmed by simply having insight to new trends. In dynamic markets, analysis is insufficient for success. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Safeway's Dominick's division is being driven out of Chicago, while Marianno's, Whole Foods and Aldi are growing. Safeway missed the trends, while others are building on them - thus creating losers and winners. Continue reading
Posted Oct 23, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Big Pharma evolved away from R&D toward marketing - leaving pipelines empty. Now emerging companies are filling the void, which is good for smart investors and public health. Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Global warming and healthcare reform are both going to happen. Yet, Status Quo Police continue trying to inhibit effective forward planning and action. Is your organization being held hostage, unable to adapt to trends and market changes, by Status Quo Police? Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
It has been 2 years since Apple gave the market a significant innovation. The stock tanked, and is mired moving sideways. How long should investors wait for the next bold move (the next blue ocean) from Apple? Can Tim Cook lead like Steve Jobs? Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Three companies were booted off the DJIA this week. We can learn from them the risk of losing relevancy in a fast-changing world. Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Buying Nokia is yet more Microsoft money poured down the rat hole of trying to save the outdated Windows legacy as the market moves elsewhere. Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
With Ballmer leaving, Microsoft needs a new CEO with a dramatically different vision for Microsoft's future - and a willingness to transform the company Continue reading
Posted Aug 23, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
For news to thrive we need new business models that are far distant from old newspaper formulas. Let's hope Jeff Bezos brings a serious helping of "tech think" to The Washington Post Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
As jobs and unemployment remain big issues the trend to improve low pay scales to deal with income inequality grows. Yet, companies like McDonald's and WalMart seem incapable of dealing with such major trends effectively. Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Short term softness in soft drink and fast food giants Coke and McDonald's point to the long-term obesity trend which will make future growth tough sledding for both companies (and industry peers) Continue reading
Posted Jul 26, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle
Even smart people can fail when not challenging their BIAS. Learn from the problems of CEO Lampert and the decline at Sears. Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2013 at The Phoenix Principle