This week, I caught up with a friend that I have known for 30 years. Today, we are both raising our children. In the 1980’s, we were teenagers in Florida collecting football and baseball cards, going to coin shops to find “rare” or different foreign coins, and of course we were listening to ... Continue reading The Future of Brands, Hobbies, and Ownership in a Digital World
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 ... Continue reading Turnaround Advice: Think Outside the Box at Chipotle!
The Super Bowl is a great opportunity for advertisers to reach a large customer base. We have grown accustomed to seeing many entertaining, emotional, funny, and even inspiring advertisements during the Super Bowl. All, of course, in the name of them convincing us to buy their products. Perhaps no ... Continue reading Dilly Dilly – Millennials like your Ads but Not Your Beer!
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 the ... Continue reading My Favorite Super Bowl and Life Lessons, Too!
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 ... Continue reading 2018: Wishing You a Year of Growth and Prosperity
Wisdom from a Bowl of Ramen: (Almost) Everything a Business Leader or Owner Needs to Know Can be Learned in a Restaurant Today, I took my family to a much-heralded ramen house in Wilmette, IL. The experience was overall disappointing and reminded me that nearly all business lessons are at work in ... Continue reading Wisdom from a Bowl of Ramen: (Almost) Everything a Business Leader or Owner Needs to Know Can be Learned in a Restaurant
Everywhere you look there is mention of “Big Data.” But what business people care most about is turning big data into big profits. This is the focus of Russell Walker’s book From Big Data to Big Profits: Success with Data and Analytics. Walker examines the evolving nature of big data and how ...Continue reading Harvard Business Review Webinar: From Big Data to Big Profits
Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016 With 2016 just about a week old, I would like to share some risk issues that are interesting to consider in 2016. Federal Reserve Interest Rate Increase Although delayed many times, the Federal Reserve did finally increase the ...Continue reading Risk Predictions for the New Year and Interesting Business Cases in 2016
Lessons on Big Data, Risk, and the Vertical Integration of Wearables and Startups It is amazing how quickly the world of health sensors and wearables has developed. In just a few years, we have seen the wearable market explode with Fitbit, Jawbone, and Apple commanding healthy shares of the overall ...Continue reading Lessons on Big Data, Risk, and the Vertical Integration of Wearables and Startups
Learning from Hurricanes: Big Data Analytics, Risk, & Data Visualization This year, Florida has experienced its 10th consecutive year without a hurricane. It is the longest period without a hurricane strike in modern times and one more remarkable considering that Florida’s more then 1200 miles...Continue reading Learning from Hurricanes: Big Data Analytics, Risk, & Data Visualization
Understanding China’s One-Child Policy Shift: Big Demographic and Economic Changes Ahead Today, China announced that it is abandoning its 35-year policy of limiting families to only one child. This policy has become a demographic experiment unmatched in the history of the world. Owing to this ...Continue reading Understanding China’s One-Child Policy Shift: Big Demographic and Economic Changes Ahead
Risk Management Leadership Lesson: The Value of Trust in Operations In business and life, we grow to expect certain things. Namely, our society expects companies to produce products that are safe and reliable. We go to Yelp and rail against restaurants that do not meet our expectation for service. ...Continue reading Risk Management Leadership Lesson: The Value of Trust in Operations