The Real Price of Winning at All Costs

Let me ask you a question. In the movie the Karate Kid, who is the American hero? Mr. Miyagi or the maniacal sensei of the Cobra Kai, John Kreese? You see we want winners in America, but we also expect a clean fight. Winning at all costs is sweeping the leg without any concern for the opponent: httpv:// Winning was the result of sanding the fence and waxing the car for young Daniel-san. The consistency of his applied training led to victory. but winning was not the goal. Then again I’m not really writing a post about the Karate Kid. The spate of scandals and investigations into corporate greed lately have had me thinking about profit as a goal. Winning, or profiting, at all costs sometimes results in sacrificing values in the name of the win. Coaches throwing basketballs at their players, corporations creating accounting fictions to pilfer every cent from…

Forget the Marketing Smoke and Mirrors…Just Give Me the Mirror

Don’t get me wrong, smoke and mirrors made P.T. Barnum a fortune. The Greatest “Show” on Earth was indeed a brilliant show, but what he created was a “show.” Magicians and showmen allow the audience to see only what they want them to see. That’s what makes it a show. I tell my clients, “if I do my job well, then marketing is easy…it will be simply holding up a mirror to your organization and reflecting it to the world.” That phrase strikes fear in the hearts of some and surprise in the minds of others as they process the reality of transparency. Organizations often want to smoke out the areas of the company that they want to hide from the world and “advertise” the aspects of their business that they want the world to “buy.” This point is well illustrated in the twenty-eighth thesis of the Cluetrain Manifesto. Most…

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