Global Insights

Growth in 2019? Look at US Housing Values

11 Dec , 2018  

As the end of 2018 soon closes, all eyes are turning to the prospects for economic growth in 2019. As seemingly always, growth comes from the US housing market or results in reinvestment in the US housing market. In either case, we see growth in or through the US housing market. People make more and […]

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Career Advice, Leadership

Values-Based Leadership from President George H.W. Bush

6 Dec , 2018  

With the recent passing of President George H.W. Bush, a letter surfaced, which was sent from President Bush to the CEO of IBM, Sam Palmisano, a friend of the Bush family. I found it to be an excellent summary of how a leader should be guided by values and a great reminder of the humility […]

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Leadership

Leadership Lessons from President George H. W. Bush

3 Dec , 2018  

On November 30, 2018, we lost President George Herbert Walker Bush. He offers us so many leadership lessons, and quite many of those are not celebrated or introduced with braggadocio. That was not his style. In the election of 1992, I recall the excitement of Ross Perot. He was in; he was out, he was […]

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Analytics, Big Data, Digital Strategy, Leadership

Facebook: Mind Your P’s!

25 Nov , 2018  

Facebook has never felt the heat it is feeling now. How did this happen? They are a darling promising marketers the reach to nearly every person through customized media. Success was rolling in as more and more advertisers saw the light and loaded up on ads. And, why have Amazon, Apple, Microsoft with its LinkedIn […]

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Career Advice, Leadership

Lincoln’s Leadership Lessons and Happy Thanksgiving

21 Nov , 2018  

With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, it is valuable to reflect on the origin of Thanksgiving and its importance for our nation and families today. Abraham Lincoln made his Thanksgiving proclamation on October 3, 1863, during the midst of the great Civil War. He knew division and the importance of reconciliation like no leader before […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Instacart: How ’bout them Carrots?

1 Nov , 2018  

Instacart recently announced a round of funding that evaluates the firm at some $7 billion. That is amazing for a firm whose drivers are presumably not employees and that holds no real inventory but sells food. It may seem like a naïve question, but what does Instacart do exactly? I know it delivers food, but […]

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Global Insights

¡Interesante! Growth Opportunities with US Hispanics

14 Oct , 2018  

The wave of Spanglish has hit advertisers in recent years. Dos Equis invites its customers to “Keep it Interesante,” while taco fans at Taco Bell “Live Más.” Home Depot and other retailers have adopted a near bilingual policy in stores. Smart move! Hispanic culture is alive an well in the US, and it is an […]

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Global Insights, Innovation

Ultimate Privacy Will Soon Be Lost

13 Oct , 2018  

Companies often grapple with the challenges of respecting customer privacy. Although most firms do not seek to cause or do harm, data breaches, inadvertent misuse of data, and unauthorized publishing of data seem to ultimately happen. Data on a social media site, on a shopping site, or from your gym membership may seem sensitive. But, […]

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Digital Strategy, Innovation

Finally, A Disruptor to Uber…Maybe

11 Oct , 2018  

Google’s Waze has been making waves by using its data about cars on the road to assemble the largest carpooling platform ever. This has the potential to disrupt Uber. On Waze, you can schedule a ride with a driver going the same direction as you. You can see reviews of riders, drivers, and make a […]

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Innovation, Leadership

A Chicago Icon is No More – 5 Lessons for Retailers

4 Oct , 2018  

A few days ago, the Chicago chain of grocery stores, Treasure Island Foods, announced that it is closing. The store has been a Chicago institution for some 55 years, serving urban areas with mostly small format stores, filled with both common and hard to find items. Julia Childs once called Treasure Island Foods, “America’s most […]

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