advertisement advertisement The year 2012 is not only the Year of the Dragon, it also marks 30 years since In Search of Excellence was published. While there have been voices over the years which have been critical of the book’s methodology, its resulting content, and even its writing style, the case can be made that it is the most influential management book not only in these last 30 years but perhaps–just perhaps–ever. Hyperbole? Consider: It created a new genre of “best seller” business books, works that were not only informative but interesting and highly readable for Everyman. With a few exceptions, such as McGregor, Chandler, Sloan, maybe Drucker, many (most?) prior books on management/leadership were arcane tomes written by academics for academics and practitioners and were rarely found on any popular “best seller” list. Now “business” is considered a book category in itself thanks in no small part to … [Read more...] about The Most Influential Business Book Of The Last 30 Years?
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The cleverest trick that Apple has ever pulled isn’t convincing us to pay $500 for a phone or MP3 player, but rather convincing the world that if you want good design, then you have to follow Apple’s template of clean lines and stripped-down details. You can see how that happened: The company has become so synonymous with both good design and minimalism that most people assume those two things are one and the same. They’re not: You can have good design that’s fanciful and wacky; likewise, you can have minimalist design that’s horrible. advertisement advertisement The fact is, minimalism has been a business strategy for Apple–and maybe their most successful business strategy of all. While just-in-time manufacturing and a stand-alone retailing have earned it hundreds of billions in sales, minimalism built the brand that made their gadgets lust-worthy to begin with. Let’s dissect how that works. Every Gadget Sells The Others One of the … [Read more...] about Beware Of Following The Gospel Of Minimalism, Preached By Apple
advertisement You know how every year the NFL changes the logo for the Super Bowl? No more. Coming next year, the NFL is installing a sweeping new graphic system designed by Landor and the NFL’s in-house designers. So far, only the logo for Super Bowl XLV has been released, but the look and feel will carry across all of the individual playoff logos–from the wildcard game to the divisional finals. “The NFL realized that there’s a gathering excitement, approaching the Super Bowl,” says Nicolas Aparicio, Landor’s Executive Creative Director. “The audience grows from 4.6 million in the pre-season to 16 million by the playoffs. A logo system needs to express that, and help build on it.” Though the other logos in the system haven’t been released yet–watch this space–Aparicio says they’ll all retain key elements, such as the shine of the Super Bowl logo above, inspired by the Vince Lombardi trophy itself. This is … [Read more...] about Logo Hail Mary: Landor Unveils the NFL’s New Brand Strategy
Successful traders are like race drivers. They know how to manoeuvre their way at high speeds. What makes them different is that they know what lies under the hood of the vehicle they are driving and how to correct it if there is a breakdown.The charts and indicators that they use are well-researched to the point where they become second nature and muscle memory. They do not need to think before they react; the reaction comes automatically.If you are a scalper who holds a position for a few seconds to a maximum of a few minutes, your reaction has to be automatic. There is no time to think, all the thinking has to be before and after market hours.Close Sivakumar Jayachandran (@justsiva123) trades on the high-speed race track. A scalper 90 percent of whose trades are held for less than two minutes, Siva as he is called by fellow traders was another trader who proved his mettle at the this year’s Investor Carnival held in Goa. Trading on expiry day along with veteran traders, … [Read more...] about Sivakumar Jayachandran: Journey of a BPO employee to a star trader
In his book ‘Poor Charlie’s Almanack’ legendary investor and author Charlie Munger writes ‘spend each day trying to be a little wiser than you were when you woke up. Day by day, and at the end of the day- if you live long enough- like most people, you will get out of life what you deserve.’Independent investor and investing coach Vishal Khandelwal lives by these words. An analyst who quit his job at the age of 34 to focus on teaching the Aam Aadmi the art and science of investing. Safal Niveshak, Hindi for successful investor, has been his platform where he gives online training on investing. A prolific writer, Vishal spends 75 percent of his waking time in reading and learning.Vishal does not like to speak about his stock picks and the returns his investment has generated. The fact that he has been able to come out of a job by taking care of all his liabilities gives an insight that he has done well for himself.Close Vishal is known more as a teacher of … [Read more...] about The analyst who quit his job to be a teacher and a ‘Safal Niveshak’