Reflections of Our CEO: Making the Most of The Time We Have

I’ve always shied away from calling myself a philosopher. I feel brash or pretentious using it to describe myself. But recently a friend graciously indulged my inner philosopher, opening in me a new permission to take up that label. And it was just in time, for in this moment of crisis around the world, we will all benefit from thoughtful, wise responses.

In this week’s post, Mike Rowlands shares insights into a ‘juicy, generative conversation’ he had recently with his friend Steve Rio—a conversation you can now hear via Steve’s podcast, NOW with Steve Rio.

Emerge Stronger with Values-Based Leadership

For each of us running organizations, this is a profoundly difficult time. Some of us are lucky to be able to keep working as usual; others have a very different daily rhythm. Others still can’t operate at all, closing their premises and furloughing their staff. If you can’t work in your business, perhaps you can still work on it. From …

What’s Your Three-Week Strategic Plan?

It’s a very risky proposition to stake the future of your organization on a return to “business as usual” by the end of 2020. Most of the assumptions that underpinned three- or five-year strategic plans at the time of their writing have been upended so fast that we’re seeing clients in various stages of crisis planning this week. Pandemics—or any …

Reflections of Our CEO: Confronting Our Fragility

Over the past week, as international responses to the global COVID-19 emergency have escalated and become more urgent, we’ve been in conversation with our clients, partners, colleagues and others about the confusion, uncertainty, and fear so many of us are feeling. In this time of deep vulnerability, we are each confronting our fragility. Each passing day has brought more bad …

Marketing’s Seismic Shift

Nearly a generation ago, as omnipresent advertising was making it harder and harder to win consumers’ attention, the seminal Positioning forever changed the shape of marketing. Today, another seismic shift is reshaping marketers’ work. Early adopters will have a massive advantage in the next economy. Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind was written as a guide “to be seen and …

Is Growth a Dirty Word?

At next week’s GLOBE Forum in Vancouver, I’ll moderate an expert panel taking up exactly this question, in the context of global economics and the role of business. Great timing, then, that last week, the Wellbeing Economy Alliance released their Business of Wellbeing Guide. Watch the business section of the average newscast, and you’d be forgiven for thinking that economic …