Where Bartz Blew It, and What Yahoo! Needs To Do Now

Carol Bartz was unceremoniously fired as CEO by Yahoo’s Board last week.  Fearing their decision might leak, the Chairman called Ms. Bartz and fired her over the phone.  Expeditious, but not too tactful.  Ms. Bartz then informed the company employees of this action via an email from her smartphone – and the next day called…

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How Harry Potter predicts Success for AOL

Evolution doesn’t happen like we think.  It’s not slow and gradual (like line A, below.)  Things don’t go from one level of performance slowly to the next level in a nice continuous way.  Rather, evolutionary change happens brutally fast.  Usually the potential for change is building for a long time, but then there is some…

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Can AOL Resurrect Itself with HuffPo Acquisition?

Summary: Start-ups that flourish give themselves permission to do whatever is necessary to succeed Most acquisitions kill that kind of permssion, forcing the acquired company to adopt the acquirers legacy AOL’s legacy business has been dying for several years AOL’s history of acquisitions has been horrible, because it doesn’t learn from the acquisitions.  AOL’s acquisition,…

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Get aboard, or risk getting run over – Huffington Post, Tribune Corp., Forbes.com

Summary: Traditional news formats – such as magazines and newspapers – are faltering On-line editions of traditional formats are not faring well Important journalists are transitioning to blogger roles to better provide news consumers what they want Important journalists from Newsweek and the New York Times have joined HuffingtonPost.com as bloggers Forbes.com is transitioning from…

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Journalism 2020 Revisited – Amazon, Apple, NewsCorp, Newspapers, Books

Things are tough for the printed word these days.  Not for writing, or demand for information.  That is doing great – with more volume than ever!  But the issue is “printed” material.  Clearly, the format is changing.  But are business leaders changing with it? The Los Angeles Times reported “Amazon.com Says It’s Selling 80% More…

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Cry or Take Action – Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post

Do you lament "the way things used to be?"  I remember my parents using that phrase.  Now I often hear my peers.  And it really worries me.  Success requires constant growth, and when I hear business leaders talking about "the way things used to be" I fear they are unwilling to advance with market shifts.…

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