Google closed its Motorola Mobility acquisition in May 2012 and the returns remain to be seen. One thing is clear: There’s no question that the Motorola Mobility purchase was all about the patents. In recent weeks it’s clear that Google has dismantled Motorola Mobility via assets sales and restructuring. The Motorola Mobility question for Google [...]
Answers The answers to most of your business problems lie in the point of contact with product, service, and relationships. These are the three areas where you directly touch your customers. If your attention is only on your product, then you can expect to be treated like a commodity, and your customers to be price [...]
Pricing Strategies to Grow Your Business The world economy is being stormed by an evolution—the Pricing Evolution. Most professional services firms have been content with the pricing strategies and methodologies developed by those who went before them. Accountants and lawyers charging in six-minute increments. Business consultants and coaches by hourly or per deim rates. Recruiters [...]
What’s Your Default Position? On my blog last week I wrote about responding in the moment to events that challenge and frustrate you (It’s not what happens to you but how you respond). Taking the next step; what’s your default position when faced with an opportunity? Do you need to have a guarantee to feel [...]
The First Class Emirates Lounge at the Melbourne International Airport is a luxurious establishment replete with a concierge who reminds me of a butler in the movies. Short, portly, balding, with an English accent, he charms you into believing you are royalty but retains that air of strength that informs you neither he nor his [...]
Weekly Wisdom No.157: The $1,150-Per-Hour Lawyer Star lawyers still can fetch a premium, and some of them won’t budge on price. The number of partners billing $1,150-plus an hour has more than doubled since this time last year, according to Valeo Partners, a consulting firm that maintains a database of legal rates pulled from court [...]
Any man who tries to be good all the time is bound to come to ruin among the great number who are not good. Hence a Prince who wants to keep his authority must learn how not to be good, and use that knowledge, or refrain from using it, as necessity requires.Niccolò Machiavelli
In 1498, Niccolò Machiavelli began his career as an active politician in the independent city-state of Florence, engaging in diplomatic missions through France and Germany as well as Italy. After more than a decade of public service, he was driven from his post when the republic collapsed. Repeated efforts to win the confidence and approval [...]
Sex Sells—Does Your Business? That trilogy of books, 50 Shades of Grey has sold 70 million copies in various forms of media (predominantly as an e-book). Everybody knows sex sells. Now, in book publishing circles, it’s a bit clearer exactly how much. This is a perfect example of how emotion trumps logic. The writing is [...]
It’s easy to find reasons why something will not work. It’s easy to complain, criticise, and denigrate new ideas, new strategies, or new action claims. It’s easy to quip, “we tried that before back in 1973, and it didn’t work then and won’t work now”. If you genuinely want to harness the power of problem-solving [...]
Have you been told that you need a USP (unique selling proposition) for your business? Is it really possible for your business to be unique from all of your competitors? What is substantively different between you and all of your competition that can be independently observed, verified, believed, and not be emulated? Are you different [...]
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