Monthly Archives: February 1996

What I’m Not Saying

I want to reiterate that I do believe in core competencies. I’m not saying we abandon leading from our strengths. I think every person possesses a certain allotment of strengths and I think that leaders, in particular, should lead from that core—but not only from that core. Our core competencies […]

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What Are Roots Good For?

Not all roots are created equal. Take, again, the blueberry bush. Its wiry roots don’t go deep, but rather spread out then down. They’re close to the surface and therefore cannot tap the water deposits in the deeper soil. They are dependent upon the constant care of watering or rains […]

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The Chicken and the Egg

Based in Northwest Arkansas, CCF Brands has the stated purpose of “improving lives by providing quality food products.” A simple, clear mission, and one that the company sticks to. It sells eggs and other food items through such outlets as Wal-Mart, Target, and Albertson’s, and in just over a decade […]

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Making Evaluation

A few years ago I participated in a two-week research trip around the world. We stopped in a dozen countries exploring a new business idea. To prepare, one of my partners read up on the places we would be visiting. The most obvious challenge was going to be the language […]

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