Long term thinking – right now

“If you don’t have a real stake in the new, then just surviving on the old – even if it is about efficiency – I don’t think is a long-term game.” – Satya Nadella Is any business safe surviving on “the old”? Managing a product or service that is in decline requires skill. Companies that do it well can use Read More …

Would Netflix original content make it through your Shark Tank?

How is Netflix making money on their original content series? Their latest release, Marco Polo, is reported to have cost $90 million for 10 episodes. At $7.99 a subscriber you can do the math for payback and ROI. But wait. This isn’t the first show Netflix has made costing tens of millions. The popular of House of Cards and Orange Read More …

Velocity

We spent time this week in strategic planning discussions. One challenge is how to separate the vision for the future from the desire to get better at existing services.  That is to separate the transformational changes from the incremental changes. Both are needed. The factor that sticks out to me in both conversations is velocity. The rate at which a Read More …

Business planning for the simple minded

We plan with good intentions. Every year business teams go through planning and budgeting for the upcoming year. It’s a time consuming process. Middle and upper management work and rework presentations to present to executive management possibly board members. Budgets are submitted, then slashed, then reworked, and submitted again. Hours upon hours of work. and then……….business happens. New clients are Read More …

Microsoft’s bold new move with Windows 8

My home is an equal opportunity technology zone. I use an Ubuntu Linux netbook. My wife uses a Chromebook. The kids have a Mac and an iPad. Then there is the older family PC that provides service for some school jobs and printing. It was using Windows XP until this past weekend when I upgraded it to the pre-release of Read More …