Browsing all articles from October, 2011

Understanding The Bootstrap Economy

This is the first of a series of blog posts on a new, effectively hidden, but fast growing phenomenon in our current economy. I call it “The Bootstrap Economy”. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 68% of hiring in 2010 was contract-based. According to the recent issue of Businessweek, independent workers now make up 31% of the nation’s workforce (over 40 million are self employed in the U.S).  The BLS predicts that this will … Continue reading »;

Five Big Picture Trends to Consider as you Position Your Business for the Future

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We’re going to focus here on five big, global, macro trends – the trends that will affect how and where people live and work. For this post, I’m not going to talk about the obvious trends like mobile and social media. We’ll look at general business trends and general consumer trends. We’ll conclude each section with a probing, strategic question for you to ask your management team so you can integrate these trends into your … Continue reading »;

Helping You Differentiate Your Company

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When you find yourself thinking about whether your business is really unique…really prepared to compete…really positioned to grow and thrive into the future…you can address those thoughts by answering six questions. We call these questions “The Path to Differentiation”. These questions are all designed to prompt reflection. And introspection. All are designed to get you thinking about positioning your business with more clarity… getting to a more successful path to the future. To plot a … Continue reading »;