Author Archives: Greg Satell

5 Principles of Peak Performance

Cinderella, much like many stories of great accomplishment, is a fairy tale. We love hearing about the moment of triumph; the shot at the buzzer, the photo finish and the medals at the podium. The truth is boring - endless hours, repeated frustration and constant exhaustion. Here are 5 principles that determine whether it’s all worth it.

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The New Industrial Revolution

Most ideas go unnoticed because they require investment capital and distribution to make their way into the physical world. That’s beginning to change. While your ability to start a successful business still depends greatly on the place and situation of your birth many of the barriers to getting ideas to market are disappearing. We’re in the midst of a new industrial revolution, which is cleaner, more efficient and more inclusive.

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The Changing Game of Strategy

We’ve long known that strategic planning has serious limitations. The notion of managers as generals, guiding action from high on the hill, is an outdated concept at best. While that doesn't always register with us grownups, the often-maligned Millennials know it intuitively and a lot of that has to do with the games they play.

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The Profit Paradox

A business that doesn’t make money won’t be around for very long. Profits, after all, are the engine that drives the world of commerce. Any idiot knows that. Unfortunately, idiots who do know that go out of business all the time. The US auto industry, integrated steel giants and many others who failed were extremely profit driven and, in fact, it was their quest for profits that was their undoing.


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