“The only place he’s going is to Cooperstown,” New York Yankees scout Dick Groch told his high-ups and convinced them to draft Derek Jeter with the sixth overall pick in the 1992 MLB Draft. Now, that’s a call. It took a series of steps (or missteps) by the Houston Astros and the Cincinnati Reds for … Continue reading Lessons of Derek Jeter’s hall of fame career
“One of the strategic tasks of an innovator is to deter imitation for as long as possible. This applies not just to companies in established markets, but to startups that are creating new markets. Startups too must try to deter imitation,” writes Jerry Neumann, who happens to be one of my favorite thinkers. He is back with a new essay around moats, innovation, and competition. I would urge you to drop everything and read this piece.
Everyone focuses on their mission. So many focus on their tagline as a way to define themselves. A very few companies think about themselves from the vantage point of values. When it comes to business, values are everything: Values are the strategy Values are the process Values are the product Values are the brand Values … Continue reading Values
My favorite part is the end — the understated celebration of the Star Baker and the goodbyes. The bakers who are eliminated are sent off with so much love, hugs and kind words. The judges aren’t mean. The hosts are effusive in their last words. The family Mel & Sue sandwich. The remaining contestants don’t gloat. In short, the whole idea of losing in the contest is treated in a very classy manner! Continue reading “What we can learn from GBBO”