The ART Of Business http://www.industryweek.com/blog/29236/feed Link up with this bestselling author, professor, and global entrepreneur to explore the counterintuitive, unconventional, and contrarian in business. en The Death of PowerPoint? Let's Sure Hope So http://www.industryweek.com/blog/death-powerpoint-lets-sure-hope-so <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>You might be able to divide human progress between the pre and post PowerPoint era.</p> <p>Before the creation of this most hideous of &ldquo;advancements,&rdquo; our ancestors came together and spoke, listened, argued, cried, and laughed.</p> <p>First was around the warmth of a fire. Then, later, in places such as the western side of Athens near the hill of Colonus, where Plato set up his Academy; and the Roman Senate, boisterous and alive with passionate debate.</p> <p>In the pre-Guttenberg era, hand written manuscripts of Lucretius and Aquinas broadened the mind.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/death-powerpoint-lets-sure-hope-so" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/death-powerpoint-lets-sure-hope-so#comments Leadership The ART Of Business Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:00:00 +0000 161071 at http://www.industryweek.com Where the Smartest People Work http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-smartest-people-work <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>One of my students, a soon-to-be MBA graduate, asked me a great question recently: &quot;Where do the smartest people work in America today?&quot;</p> <p>Puzzled, I requested her to clarify.</p> <p>She said, &quot;If I wanted to work around the best and brightest people, those who are on the cutting edge, making it happen, where should I go?&quot;</p> <p>I thought about it for a moment and gave her my response.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-smartest-people-work" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/where-smartest-people-work#comments The ART Of Business Sun, 01 Feb 2015 15:10:00 +0000 158751 at http://www.industryweek.com Timeless Lessons from the Manhattan Project http://www.industryweek.com/blog/timeless-lessons-manhattan-project <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>Leaders and managers can learn a lot from the success of the Manhattan Project</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/timeless-lessons-manhattan-project" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/timeless-lessons-manhattan-project#comments Leadership The ART Of Business Sat, 03 Jan 2015 17:16:00 +0000 156731 at http://www.industryweek.com The Biggest Surprise About $2 a Gallon Gas http://www.industryweek.com/blog/biggest-surprise-about-2-gallon-gas <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Reading is a large part of what I do for a living.</p> <p>Each day I have the opportunity to spend 2-3 hours going through books, trade journals, magazines, newspapers and digital outlets.</p> <p>In the coming weeks, many of these publications will be filled with &ldquo;expert&rdquo; predictions about what we should anticipate for next year and beyond.</p> <p>The overwhelming number of those forecasts will be quite wrong.</p> <p>It jives with what Nobel Prize-winning economist Daniel Kahneman observed about predictions:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/biggest-surprise-about-2-gallon-gas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/biggest-surprise-about-2-gallon-gas#comments The ART Of Business Sun, 07 Dec 2014 14:47:00 +0000 155101 at http://www.industryweek.com A Local Alternative to the Amazon Trap http://www.industryweek.com/blog/local-alternative-amazon-trap <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I have written extensively here about how the manipulated control of a manufacturer&rsquo;s products by Mega-Customers has become one of the most powerful factors in business today.</p> <p>In our previous book <a href="http://distributiontrap.com">THE DISTRIBUTION TRAP </a>and our forthcoming one, THE CUSTOMER TRAP: AVOIDING THE BIGGEST BUSINESS MISTAKE, Tim Wilkinson and I argue that concentrated commoditization occurs when a Mega-Customer is able to dominate the products and brands of those companies who innovate and create within a given industry.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/local-alternative-amazon-trap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/local-alternative-amazon-trap#comments The ART Of Business Sun, 02 Nov 2014 14:54:00 +0000 152181 at http://www.industryweek.com Let's Stop Scaring Ourselves to Death http://www.industryweek.com/blog/lets-stop-scaring-ourselves-death <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div>We are not biologically wired to deal with the 24/7/365 news media. It is scaring us to death.</div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/lets-stop-scaring-ourselves-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/lets-stop-scaring-ourselves-death#comments The ART Of Business Sat, 18 Oct 2014 13:32:00 +0000 151081 at http://www.industryweek.com War Drums Get Louder in Eastern Europe http://www.industryweek.com/blog/war-drums-get-louder-eastern-europe <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>While much of the world&rsquo;s attention is once again on the Middle East, we should not lose focus on Eastern Europe.</p> <p>In recent weeks, the rhetoric has ratcheted up, and so has the movement of troops and supplies.</p> <p><a href="http://rt.com/news/188184-crimea-russia-boost-troops/">As Russia continues to pour more military assets into the newly-annexed Crimea</a>, concerns are that a bigger push into Ukraine and, possibly, Moldova may follow.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/war-drums-get-louder-eastern-europe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/war-drums-get-louder-eastern-europe#comments The ART Of Business Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:47:00 +0000 148691 at http://www.industryweek.com Apple Now in Walmart's Distribution Trap http://www.industryweek.com/blog/apple-now-walmarts-distribution-trap <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>Over the years, I have written in this space how a Megacustomer (one that equals more than 10% of a firm&rsquo;s total revenue) will ultimately capture the lion&rsquo;s share of value from its supplier.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/apple-now-walmarts-distribution-trap" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/apple-now-walmarts-distribution-trap#comments The ART Of Business Sat, 13 Sep 2014 14:20:00 +0000 148171 at http://www.industryweek.com Why No One Will Ever Understand the Supply Chain http://www.industryweek.com/blog/why-no-one-will-ever-understand-supply-chain <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>The daily struggle of keeping things moving forward makes it difficult to take a step back and appreciate the wonder of business and the supply chain.</p> <p>In 1958, Leonard Read published<strong> <a href="http://www.econlib.org/library/Essays/rdPncl1.html">a short and elegant essay</a></strong> about a nondescript pencil.</p> <p>&quot;I, Pencil&quot; is written in the first person from the point of view of the pencil.</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/why-no-one-will-ever-understand-supply-chain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/why-no-one-will-ever-understand-supply-chain#comments The ART Of Business Fri, 22 Aug 2014 14:50:00 +0000 146251 at http://www.industryweek.com The Cracks at Wal-Mart Get Even Deeper http://www.industryweek.com/blog/cracks-wal-mart-get-even-deeper <div class="node-body blog-body"><div></div><p>I&rsquo;ve been writing for 15 years that the Wal-Mart model is unsustainable; and, will ultimately cannibalize itself.</p> <p>Recent news that the president of its U.S. operations was replaced confirms the process is well underway.</p> <p>Wal-Mart grew on fundamentally three pillars:</p></div> <div class="og_rss_groups"><ul class="links"><li class="og_links first last"><a href="/blog/art-business">The ART Of Business</a></li> </ul></div><p><a href="http://www.industryweek.com/blog/cracks-wal-mart-get-even-deeper" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.industryweek.com/blog/cracks-wal-mart-get-even-deeper#comments The ART Of Business Sun, 27 Jul 2014 13:58:00 +0000 143981 at http://www.industryweek.com <p><em>Daniel Aguilar/Getty Images News</em></p>