Big Data, Innovation

Telling Maps of America

19 Dec , 2018  

I enjoy maps. Each tells a complex story. Here are some of my favorites to reveal realities about our country, its economy, people, prospects and nuances. Not much commentary from me. I’m letting the maps speak.

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Analytics, Digital Strategy

CRaP at Amazon and Advice for Amazon Sellers

18 Dec , 2018  

Amazon recently made the news by publicly announcing that it is targeting hard to sell items, so called Can’t Realize a Profit (CRaP) for removal from its all-powerful sales channel. Such items are believed to be those that have a low revenue for the cost to ship.

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Digital Strategy

Success Lessons from Digital Leaders and Their Followers

15 Dec , 2018  

There is an open debate among economists and business leaders on why digitization leads to a near winner take-all business model. We see the dominance of one search tool in Google and Netflix over other movie providers. In decades past, it was common to have a movie theater in each community and local bakers everywhere. In other business models, especially those driven by personal relationships and locality, we have seen many scores of offerings simultaneously. In fact, achieving scale for the seller was very hard.

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Global Insights, Innovation

Recession in 2019 or 2020? Yield Curve Might Say So!

14 Dec , 2018  

By now, you have probably heard that the yield curve has got flatten and will likely invert in 2019. What does this mean? Specifically, economists and investors look at the yield of the 10 year treasury note and subtract that rate from that of the 2 year treasury note. Rationally, investors want higher rates for […]

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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 na├»ve question, but what does Instacart do exactly? I know it delivers food, but […]

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