Innovate or Disappear. Olivier Laborde on leadership and innovation within large business (MDE256)

Olivier Laborde is one of those unusual breeds of operational executives in a large well-known multinational who has also published a book, an award winner no less, Innovate or Disappear (in French, Innover ou Disparaître, published by Dunod May 2017). I … Continue reading

Converting From a Commercial to a Social Enterprise, A Real Life Case with Phillip Ullmann at Cordant Group (MDE255)

Phillip Ullmann is the Chief Energiser (CEO) of Cordant Group, a £850MM family-owned international company offering integrated services including recruitment, security, cleaning and technical electrical services. In this interview, we discuss how Phillip has led the company from a commercial … Continue reading

Brand Relevancy, Disruption and Digital Transformation with Charlene Li (MDE254)

Charlene Li is author, thought-leader and world renowned speaker, principal analyst of Altimeter, a Prophet Company. In this podcast, we explore the ongoing disruptive challenges of digital transformation. We also take a closer look at the latest research coming out of … Continue reading

Button Maker? Weather Forecaster? Paperclips? Here’s why companies need to hire different types of profiles

Just recently, I was listening to a quirky podcast on New Books in Technology, with Brian Clegg as guest. Clegg, who has many books and accolades to his name, is the author of a new book, “Big Data: How the Information … Continue reading

What’s The Expected Lifespan Of Your Company? Why Should You Care?

The average lifespan of a publicly traded company continues to fall. Depending on who you listen to, the number is now below 18 years. That number has dropped from 61 in 1958 and 25 in 1980. That’s what was reported … Continue reading

How To Analyze Amazon’s Acquisition of Whole Foods – Check Their Missionary Position

Will Amazon transform Whole Foods or vice versa? As this WSJ article posits, so far the impact seems to be the former. Naturally, the whole reason Whole Foods had to be acquired was because they were lacking in the results … Continue reading

If Your Company Wants To Be A Media Company, It Needs This Position Urgently

Have you noticed recently how many companies and leaders have been caught out for having a poor culture, bad ethics and/or a questionable leadership style? Headline companies (and CEO) over the last few years have included (but not limited to): Sony … Continue reading

Who Bears The Cost Of Responsibility? Why Business Leaders Need To Change Their Habits

Last week (July 3), Tencent’s market value dropped $15 billion. On a total base of $330 billion, that’s a 5% haircut. The media’s narrative was that the stock price drop was due to an announcement by Tencent that they were going … Continue reading

Thinking outside the box and the power of asymmetrical leadership and marketing with Andy Abramson (MDE241)

Minter Dialogue with Andy Abramson Andy Abramson is CEO and founder of Comunicano, Inc., a strategic communications agency. He is also co-founder of Velocity Growth Inc, a strategic development and social markets services company. Andy’s a contributing writer to MoneyInc … Continue reading

Disingenuous Authentic Leadership – I Am Who I Am, But Not At Work

A CEO of a burgeoning startup said to me recently: “I definitely think it’s not a good idea to mix personal and professional.” This particular thread of conversation all began because he said that he was running flat out and … Continue reading