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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Digital Strategy, Leadership, Risk Management

Lessons from SEC’s settlement with Elon Musk and Tesla

1 Oct , 2018  

The recent settlement between the SEC and Elon Musk shows precedence. In its initial demands, the SEC sought to restrict or remove Elon Musk as CEO of Tesla (a reach rarely seen before in its suits), largely over the tweets he sent suggesting that Tesla could be taken private for a whopping $420 a share. […]

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Global Insights, Leadership

Winners and Losers in US Real Estate and the US Economy

14 Sep , 2018  

Just this week, we heard the good news that median household income grew by 1.8% to $61,372, a new post-recession high. Still, some 39.4 million Americans live in poverty, and that number improved. Unemployment has gone down, and the equity markets are banging on all-time highs. Still, a few things are not working. Not everyone […]

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Innovation, Leadership

Strategy and Marketing Changes for the NFL

5 Sep , 2018  

With the 2018 NFL season about to begin, I want to share the changes that I most recommend for improving the NFL. Many of these would make the game more exciting and add strategy to the game. Some are about improving the NFL’s much beleaguered image. Strategy and Rule Changes: Goal Line On Side Possession: […]

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Career Advice, Leadership

Advice on Going to College

15 Aug , 2018  

Fall will soon be here in Evanston, Illinois; the first of the maples are turning orange and the summer is quickly cooling. In the coming weeks, we will welcome our new students to campus at Northwestern University. It is always an exciting time of the year. It is exciting to be part of the new […]

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Career Advice, Innovation, Leadership

5 Pieces of Advice for the Ambitious

6 Aug , 2018  

Today’s highly changing world, where technology, banking, medicine, and media are colliding requires people that can adapt, learn, grow, and evolve. Be that person!

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Career Advice, Innovation, Leadership

Turnaround Advice: Think Outside the Box at Chipotle!

16 Feb , 2018  

Turnaround Advice: Think Outside the Box at Chipotle! The recent news that Steve Ells is stepping down from Chipotle as CEO and that Chipotle has hired Brian Niccol, former Taco Bell CEO, to lead the chain through a turnaround has shocked many foodies and confirmed the dysfunction at Chipotle assumed by many industry experts. The […]

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Leadership

My Favorite Super Bowl and Life Lessons, Too!

29 Jan , 2018  

With Super Bowl LII upon us, I thought I’d share a bit about why Super Bowl XVIII remains my favorite Super Bowl. Really, it was Super and offers a few lessons in leadership! Building a Team: A First for Tampa: This was the first Super Bowl to be held in Tampa. Everyone was excited about […]

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Career Advice, Innovation, Leadership

2018: Wishing You a Year of Growth and Prosperity

1 Jan , 2018  

The General Sherman Giant Redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) is the largest currently standing tree in the world, by volume, towering over 275 feet tall, supported by a 36-foot base diameter, and estimated to have sprouted at about the time of Christ’s birth. It can be found in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California. A […]

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