A reporter recently asked me about the downsides of a firm going public – why might it not be the best course of action for them? Here are my "top ten": It is a… Read more »
Archives for July 2010
How to limit population growth? Ironically, increase child survival. Hans Rosling.
One of my more interesting assigments in recent years has been to be part of the design effort for the Microsoft CEO Summit. At the most recent Summit, in 2010, Hans Rosling was a main-tent… Read more »
While we’re on the subject of wrong ends of competitive waves…
It must be my week for seeing bad news in many places. I just love reading Scott Anthony's blog over at the HBR web site, where I also am a regular blogger. Scott is part… Read more »
Is BlackBerry on the wrong end of a competitive wave?
We've often talked about a "wave" of competitive advantage, in which insights form the basis for the launch of an offering, a company gets to exploit it for a while, and then inevitable erosion sets… Read more »
More female venture capitalists = more women owned growing businesses?
Really interesting article in ForbesWoman about how having more women in venture capital might lead to more entrepreneurial activity. Food for thought! Link to the article here
20 Often-Fatal Assumptions
I am often asked by corporations to give some illustrations of assumptions that have caused more trouble than they had any right to in the development of new business plans. Here, for your edification and… Read more »
Benefits of Thinking the Unthinkable Post at Harvard Business Review
Rita McGrath’s most recent post Benefits of Thinking the Unthinkable at the Harvard Business Review has been published. An excerpt is below. “My colleague Gökçe Sargut and I are doing some work on how executives… Read more »
Paying attention to unconventional “links” in a customers’ consumption chain
I've often encouraged executives to pay attention to the customers' complete consumption chain rather than focusing just on what they do, sell or make. One of my colleagues forwarded me a fascinating article from the New… Read more »
We do it because we really care - health insurers try empathy
I just love the American Public Radio Show, Marketplace, as a general rule. Every so often, though, they dig up a story that seems to just reflect the Zeitgeist in a most amazing way. Today… Read more »
Rita McGrath spoke at CFO Core Concerns Conference
In late June, Rita McGrath spoke at the annual CFO Core Concerns Conference in Baltimore. Here is a review of her talk at the Rochester StartUps blog. “Rita McGrath, a professor at Columbia University, gave… Read more »