The negatives of Amazon and Wal-Mart are all lost in the amount of time that these companies save their customers. With Amazon, the convenience of shopping online far outweighs the one to three days that it takes for products to show up on the doorsteps of shoppers. And then, if you need something immediately, Wal-Mart is typically the best solution, as they have almost everything you need in one physical location. And to compete even more with Amazon, they recently purchased jet.com, but it will take some time to see just how much advantage this brings to Wal-Mart. Anyway, say what you will about their business practices; the reason that these companies are both still alive and well is that they make shopping more convenient for consumers, a practice that many businesses should take note of. [Read more…] about Amazon vs. Wal-Mart: Time, Money, and Service
When the iPhone 7 was recently unveiled without the traditional headphone jack, they said they were able to develop it due to courage. But for courage to take place, there must first be a reason to take a step forward in the first place. So, how exactly were they courageous with the new iPhone 7 and was their ‘courage’ correctly placed on modifying the headphone jack? Could there have been a different function of the iPhone that was changed instead of the headphone jack to give users a better experience? Maybe. Was the headphone port changed only for the sake of change? Maybe. They also wanted to make the iPhone thinner, but did the iPhone actually need to become thinner? It’s a maybe again. Was it solely (If you have any better feature ideas than a new headphone port, I’d love to hear your ideas in the comment section below.) But the only way to answer all of these questions is by looking at what the market does, because when innovation is done correctly, it always shows up in the response of customers, which of course translates to more sales. Of course, we can’t know what will happen with sales until Apple actually releases their new phone, but what we do know is that Apple was willing to not play it safe, and that is what has my attention. [Read more…] about iPhone 7: At Least Apple Is Willing to Try Something New
I occasionally helped my grandfather prune rosebushes as a boy. I vividly remember my shock the first time I saw how much he cut them back. His kind but firm response: “If you ask the rosebush, it doesn’t like to be pruned.”
Unpruned rose bushes will not produce as many flowers the next season. They’re limited by the spent flowers and dead tissue that accumulates.
It’s not only roses which benefit from pruning. Most fruit trees also need annual pruning. Most living things have seasons of pruning, shedding, and reducing.
Your organization needs occasional pruning, as well. Here are six things you as a leader should consider pruning: [Read more…] about What Needs Pruning?