1. Saying “No” Is Smart.
Greg McKeown writes for the Harvard Business Review. On April 30, he cited “one thing CEOs need to learn from Apple.” Pointing to Steve Jobs approach, McKeown makes the case for culling, paring down, and throwing out. “Jobs cut out profitable business lines at a time when the company appeared it could least afford to do so, culling the business down to four clear product lines.” McKeown concludes with this advice: “So next time you’re leading an offsite strategy session, don’t be satisfied with a list of priorities that you’re going to say ‘yes’ to. Go through the process of answering the essential strategy question: ‘What will we say no to?’ That question will reveal the real tensions in your team. It is that question that will uncover the core trade-offs in your organization. It is that question that can deliver the rare and precious clarity necessary to achieve game-changing breakthroughs in your business.”
Takeaway: Read McKeown’s advice again.
Source: HarvardBusiness Blog, April 30, 2012.
2. Everybody Wants Something To See.
I’ve been subscribing to and following Natalie MacLean’s wine commentary since she went online a decade ago. I remember her early– and cutting edge–foray into electronic newsletters. I’ve watched her successfully sell ebooks and master social media. MacLean has always been ahead of the marketing curve. No surprise, then, that her website is full of lush photos and devotes a tab to “video.” Natalie’s June and July blogs feature an online video interview with Rex Pickett, author of Sideways(from which we all learned to declare, “I’m not drinkin’ any •••••• merlot.”).
Takeaway: What photos, graphics, and video can your organization affordably gather to capture eyeballs?
Source: Natalie MacLean’s blog.
3. America Is Getting Self-Employed.
Labor historian Richard Greenwald believes that the American workplace is undergoing a shift every bit as profound as our 19th century move from farms to factories. The current trend, which Greenwald predicts will accelerate in coming years, sees up to 50% of Americans self-employed as free agents, contractors, day laborers, consultants, etc. “These white-collar folks are workers. And, in the new economy, collar doesn’t signify class the way it once did,” Greenwald says.
Takeaway: Reconsider the attributes and benefits of non-employee talent.
Source: HuffingtonPost, June 15.
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