Robbie Kellman Baxter takes a look forward at the future of subscription-based business and the application of a popular pricing tactic. Subscriptions are everywhere. Big companies, small companies, public, private, venture-backed, bootstrapped, and across virtually every industry. And many are starting to complain of “subscription fatigue”. They might feel that the subscription pricing isn’t justified […]

  With global demand for food reaching peak levels, and climate change and diminishing farmland impacting food production, Kaihan Krippendorff’s article on the future of agriculture addresses both the issues and possible solutions.  Earlier this year, I met up with a friend for lunch at a restaurant out on the water. As I twirled fettuccine […]

  John Murray shares a post that addresses the debate between fear and fun when dealing with COVID-19 and outdoor concerts. Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced this week in a playful video with Health Commissioner Allison Arwady that Lollapalooza will be returning to Chicago this summer without capacity restrictions! That is a major announcement to be […]

  Amanda Setili offers a concise post to help team leaders provide feedback that motivates their team. It amazes me how motivating I’ve found the feedback from the sensor I use while kiteboarding, which tells me how high I jump and how my jumps compare to other kiters around the world. That got me thinking […]

  Joy Fairbanks provides an article that offers guidance for founders and investors evaluating market opportunities. There are three tiers of scale commonly used to calculate the market opportunity for a startup’s product or service offering:  TAM, SAM, and SOM.  These are acronyms for Total Addressable Market, Serviceable Available Market, and Serviceable Obtainable Market.  The […]

From The Trusted Advisor, by David H. Maister, Charles H. Green, and Robert M. Galford. Excerpt from Chapter 3, “Earning Trust.” === In an instant, Charlie’s mind seemed to have been sucked dry. He had no idea what was meant by industrial consumables. Then, a revelatory thought popped into his mind: the man is talking about sandpaper! But […]

  Jeffery Perry explores what the new normal may look like as the return to the office begins. People want to get back to normal as the world emerges post-pandemic, but this has different implications across aspects of life. Back to normal may apply in social situations like visiting family and friends, dining at restaurants, […]

  David A. Fields shares a post that illustrates the value of naming the intellectual property of your consulting business to encourage client buy-in. In today’s world of smartphones, texting, and in-car wifi, the 1970’s CB radio craze hovers somewhere between quaint and weird. Yet, one aspect of that short-lived fad will help your consulting […]

Zaheera Soomar provides a comprehensive article that explores how the principles of Shūrā (consultation) in Islam may provide a solution to the impact of automated processes in mining on economic participation and equitable community participation. Mining is a human activity that has negatively disturbed the environment and is linked to significant social impacts, inequalities (Carvalho, […]

David A. Fields lays out the ten stages of consulting firm growth. Helpful to know what stage you are at and what’s the next inflection point. Josh Spector shares nine lines that will get people to commit. Concerning news about how global warming is causing mushrooms to evolve to survive in warmer climates, as in: the human body.

  As we move towards the end of the pandemic and a surge in business, Geoff Wilson provides a post for leaders to help navigate the next economic journey. We are in a world of opportunity and hurt.  Demand is high, spirits (and prices) are up, and supply is constrained.  What’s a leader to do? […]

  Robbie Baxter shares a roundup of key insights from this year’s D2C (direct to consumer) summit. A perk of my work as a speaker is that I get to go to a lot of conferences. It’s one of my favorite ways to learn, and to build my community. This month, I’m taking it a […]