Constraint as Liberation

Constraint as Liberation

Posted by on Jun 3, 2017 in General | No Comments

While visiting his family in India, Suchit Ahuja was treated to a master class in frugal innovation. As a PhD student at Smith School of Business, Ahuja was familiar with the concept. Frugal innovation refers to the process of reducing … Continue reading »

Framing Issues on the Fly

Framing Issues on the Fly

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Communications, General | No Comments

Is it climate change or global warming? Does outsourcing to a developing country lead to sweatshops or opportunities for advancement? Both in the arena of public opinion and the marketplace, firms, political groups, and non-government organizations (NGOs) are perpetually locked … Continue reading »

What Really Explains Why We Waste Food?

What Really Explains Why We Waste Food?

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in General | No Comments

If you’re a consumer who wants to reduce the amount of food ending up in the dumpster or recycling bin, there are conscious choices you can make: store food properly, reduce portion sizes, stick to a shopping list. But, as … Continue reading »

When A Magazine Loses Its Way: Larger Lessons from the Canadian Geographic Fiasco

When A Magazine Loses Its Way: Larger Lessons from the Canadian Geographic Fiasco

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Communications, General | No Comments

Canadian Geographic (CG) magazine and its owner, The Royal Canadian Geographical Society (RCGS), are having a very bad month. First, there were hard questions about the curious role of RCGS Chief Executive Officer, John Geiger, during and after the search … Continue reading »

To Change Corporate Culture, Look to Hidden Influencers

To Change Corporate Culture, Look to Hidden Influencers

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Change Management, General | No Comments

In a few months, we will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of one of the more influential management ideas: the change management process advanced by Harvard Business School professor John Kotter (pictured at right). Kotter’s model is the roadmap for how … Continue reading »

Is Transparency a Greater Priority for CEOs Than Corporate Communicators?

Is Transparency a Greater Priority for CEOs Than Corporate Communicators?

Posted by on Aug 5, 2014 in Communications, General | No Comments

I recall an interview that MIT Sloan Management Review conducted in 2012 with Andrew McAfee of the MIT Center for Digital Business. McAfee was the guru who coined the term Enterprise 2.0 to describe the potential for collaboration tools to … Continue reading »

Misguided Activists: Why Target the Good Guys?

Misguided Activists: Why Target the Good Guys?

Posted by on Jul 25, 2014 in General | No Comments

On this plane of existence, there are very few saints and an awful lot of sinners; in the corporate world, it’s even more crowded. So if your mission is to name and shame sinful firms, you can pick off your … Continue reading »