Choose One At Your Peril: The Disciplines of Market Leaders

12 Oct
October 12, 2017
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The Discipline of Market Leaders became a much revered business book in the mid-90s. At LEVERAGEDWISDOM the book generated vigorous discussion and ultimately disagreement with the authors.

Michael Treacy and Fred Wiersema claimed that market leadership derived from choosing one of three disciplines; operational excellence, product leadership or customer intimacy. To attempt to master all three would lead to weakness and mediocre standing in the market place.  They offered extensive research and specific examples of companies who chose one discipline among the three and noted their prosperity. Read more →

The Next Entrepreneurial Generation: Still Lonely at the Top

21 Aug
August 21, 2017
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Among the members of LEVERAGEDWISDOM is a new generation of entrepreneurs, including the sons and daughters of former members. I call them “Educated – Inventive – Driven.”

This new generation “gets” what LEVERAGEDWISDOM is all about and is predisposed to collaborative thinking and peer process.  What took their parents years to acknowledge, “That no one of us is as smart as all of us,” these new leaders have already embraced as part of their educational process. Read more →

Quitter, Camper, Climber: Who’s on Your Team?

14 Jul
July 14, 2017
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I met Doug Tomkins when we were both in our 30’s. He was building successful business including North Face and Esprit. He was selling several hundred million dollars of merchandise.

I had built five women’s boutiques, struggling to manage my success and fearful of growing further beyond my skills. Eager to learn and curious as to how he had accomplished his success, I asked a lot of questions. Where do you get your ideas? How did you get started? How did you finance your growth? What made you…? Read more →

Wisdom of Crowds

09 Jun
June 9, 2017
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“No one of us is as smart as all of us” or The Wisdom of Crowds.

A LEVERAGEDWISDOM Member recently summed up his meeting day experience by declaring, that it seemed “No one of us is as smart as all of us.” He had presented to the assembled CEOs a troubling issue about a long time key employee. He had come to believe his CFO’s level of competency no longer matched the demands of the organization. Read more →

This will be for “the “S” curve of life and business.

16 Mar
March 16, 2017
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