Paul Greenberg is one of, if not the, leading voice on CRM. And a social media guru. He is also a no-holds-barred, long-copy blogger. Here is his treatise on reaching influencers. http://the56group.typepad.com/
Interview of Eric Schmidt by Gary Hamel at the MLab dinner tonight. Google's Marissa Mayer and Hal Varian also joined the open dialog about Google's culture and management style, from chaos to arrogance. The video just went up on YouTube. It's quite entertaining. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Cover of The Future of ManagementMy list of must-read business
writers continues to expand.Gary Hamel,
however, author of What Matters Now, with the very long subtitle of
How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and
Unstoppable Innovation, has been on the list for quite some time.Continuing his thesis on the need for a new
approach to management introduced in his prior book The Future of Management,
Hamel calls for a complete rethinking of how enterprises are run.
Fundamental to his recommendation
is that the practice of management is ossified in a command and control system
that is now generations old and needs to be replaced with something that
reflects an educat…
As happens this time of year, publishers list their most
important/influential/etc. youngsters. As
an example, the May issue of Wired has “20 Unsung Geniuses”. We think mature adults deserve recognition
just as much as 20-something billionaires. Here is our Sixty Over Sixty list of the most
influential, annoying, important or folks we just find interesting. Here then, sorted by age, is The Sixty Most
Important Leaders Over Sixty.
Henry Kissinger. Still the U.S. best thinker on foreign policy
and diplomacy. His recently published book (at age 91) World Order is not only a best seller, it is extraorinary.
Jimmy Carter. Better as an ex-President than
President. His work for Habitat for
Humanity is a lesson for all of us.
T. Boone Pickens. Oilman, energy expert. Creator of The Pickens Plan for energy independence.
Frank Gehry. Showing the world what new materials and CAD
design can do to architecture.
Warren Bufett. Best investor in
history. Becoming one of the best
The number of asset lite businesses is steadily increasing,
as is the breadth of industries effected. I first noticed them in the 1970’s, when Baron
Hilton sold several flagship Hilton hotels while retaining management contracts
that entitled Hilton Corporation to a share of revenue and earnings. Over the
next two decades, Marriott Corp copied and then perfected the hotel management
agreement business approach, coupling a Marriott franchise with a management
agreement for any one of a growing stable of brands (Fairfield Inns, Courtyard
by Marriott, Residence Inns, J.W. Marriott, etc. etc.), enabling absentee
investor/owners. It turns out, however,
that asset lite business structures date back much earlier. Franchises and
Early versions of asset lite businesses include franchise
and dealer organizations. Soft drink and beer distributors, auto dealers and
tire and repair franchises date to the early nineteen hundreds, as
manufacturers needed mass distribution. The dealers furn…