Big versus Small

16 January 2017

[Dream factories and cash-outs] It's with mixed feelings that I greet the news that Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus is shutting down. My heart greets this with joy because the last time I was at this circus—which was perhaps 20 years ago—there were far too many…

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Paddle Downstream

19 December 2016

[Why language, identity, and strategy are bedfellows] People often glance at me sideways when we are starting a strategy project and I ask them to tell me the story of their company and its identity. The most common outcome from this question is the blank stare followed by the struggle to say, in a…

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November 8, 2016

5 December 2016

[What just happened?] It was about 10:30 PM Mountain Standard Time, November 8, 2016, when it became clear to me that things were changing in a very profound way. I was watching a swath of frequently Blue Upper Midwestern states turning Red on the Electoral map. What was…

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