Category Archives for "For CEOs"

What I Learnt About Business Transformations Fighting Pirates (Not in the Caribbean)! – Part 1

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I was reminded of this story because I was talking about it in a workshop on business transformation last week. I repeat it here because it will be relevant to many people fighting the hard corporate battle, many times without adequate backup. Here is the true incident without any build-up or embellishment. You have to allow […]

If Your Company’s Form Following Its Function?

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(Scroll to the bottom to see the entire cartoon in the picture above) I was shocked when I heard of the bankruptcy of Hostess Brands Inc. The $2.5 billion maker of Twinkies and Wonder Bread had about 33 plants, 565 distribution centers and 570 bakery outlet stores across the United States. I have no doubt […]

A Great Man Knows His Own Limitations

This picture prompted me to write the blog post. Like many other people, I am a great admirer of Steve Jobs – his integrity, his passion and his sense of design. Almost single-mindedly he twice created a company that eventually became bigger than the economy of Spain (and many other countries). Having grown up away […]

Why Every Start-up Always Has a Supply Chain Problem?

There is a common assumption that every company’s supply chain should be similar, if not the same. Even learned professors at august institutions write highly prescriptive articles in highly regarded magazines such as Harvard Business Review saying these things. For example see this article by a Stanford professor, on which I had a running correspondence […]

What Makes the Business Networks Great?

What Makes Business Networks Great? Extract from the book “The 5-Star Business Network”, written by Vivek Sood In 2012, when Facebook’s IPO was being discussed in the media, a range of valuations was put forward by the experts between approximately $50 and more than $100 Billion. Most people in traditional businesses were stunned and asked how […]

Finally, An Innovation from Apple That is Worthy of Steve Jobs’ Name

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The Apple watch left me underwhelmed as did the plethora of me-too tablets and phones which are barely struggling to keep up with the ever more nimble competition. I wrote a blog about the Apple Watch here wondering whether the company had lost its mojo. When I found out about Apple SIM, having written a […]

Why Business Networks Are Important?

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“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.” -Jane Howard Business Networks are important to accelerate and sustain success for any individual or organization. It is imperative to learn from the evolution and success of business networks. Business […]

These Global Business Network Winners Know – ‘The Game Has Changed Again.’

When I explain to people that supply chain 3.0 is real, in general, I get three type of responses. Most of the McKinsey (or their clone) trained strategists ask me to show data to back up this assertion. On the other hand, more intuitive executives (mainly from sales and marketing background, as I observe) ask me […]

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