Leading Forward

Does Your Business Have Six Rearview Mirrors And No Windshield?

By |July 7th, 2015|

When you are out on the road, do you focus more on your windshield or on your rearview mirror? How about when you are driving your business forward?

Most owners spend a majority of their focus duplicating past successes. This is logical, given investments made, lessons learned and instincts to reduce risk. After all, owners have years if not decades of real – world experience and scars to prove it. If nothing were to change, running […]

Which Gives You the Goosebumps; Which Gives You the Shivers?

By |June 21st, 2015|

After living at least five years in six different cities, people ask, “Andy, where are you from?” I didn’t have a good answer. There’s been so much to like (and some things to dislike) everywhere I have called home.  So I waffled and said I didn’t know.

Business decisions often come down to picking amongst several good or several bad options. In dealing with 21st-century business decisions, it’s clear there are plenty of opportunities, threats and […]

Innovating Your Way Out of a Mature Market, The NASCAR Way.

By |June 3rd, 2015|

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Recently at my 30th year MBA reunion, I had the privilege of hearing Eric Anderson the chair of the Kellogg School’s marketing department talk about how he is helping NASCAR to reinvent itself to serve 21st Century racing fans. He talks about how NASCAR got Coca-Cola to invest upfront to support NASCAR’s effort to increase its attractiveness, as the CEO of NASCAR said, “To avoid becoming dangerously irrelevant.”

Amongst many changes NASCAR […]

Don’t Uberact to Your Competition

By |May 20th, 2015|

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We’ve all heard of Uber and many of us love Uber. But, even Uber can make mistakes. 

Last week I was taking a taxi from Chicago’s Midway airport to the North Shore. I opened my Uber app and requested a ride. Much to my surprise, a Yellow Cab showed up claiming to be an Uber. He informed me that City Hall had forbidden Uber to pick up fares from the airport. My […]

What Etsy Means to Your Itsy-Bitsy Business.

By |May 18th, 2015|

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To some etsy.com (the arts and crafts marketplace for home-based artists) is simply a $40 billion e-commerce platform that’s overvalued and a harbinger of the impending dotcom bust.

Not to Etsy’s lucky investors.

Etsy is a perfect example of how a company can create a market for its customers and sideswipe its traditional competition. Thanks to Etsy, now your crazy uncle can not just make lamps out of beer cans, he can sell these […]

Copying Your Way to Failure

By |May 10th, 2015|

There’s an old saying, “Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery”. But is it the smartest?

Do you watch your peers but gripe about why their businesses are not doing well?

Here are my five favorites….

1)  “The best practices of my industry demonstrate how out of touch my business is. But I rely on them because there’s no alternative.”

2)  “My industry is in the dumpster, I’ve talked to all my friends are in the industry but their […]

Can You Foresee Your Success?

By |May 4th, 2015|

Yes, you can!

If you understand and master the Four Fields of 21st Century Sustainable Profitable Growth.

They are…

Curiosity & Inquiry
21st Century Thinking
Leading Forward
The Mindset of Sustainable Profitable Growth

Take a look at a recent article in Crain’s Cleveland Business about two companies creating their 21st century business success.

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