Those headwinds, they are a blow’in

July 29, 2011

Good people of the business world, take cover! No, it’s not a tsunami, or hurricane or even a tropical storm. It’s the new scapegoat: headwinds. In a Wall Street Journal article entitled, “Sprint Loses More Customers,” Sprint Nextel CFO Joseph Euteneuer said, “We faced a number of competitive headwinds that became more pronounced in the second quarter.” Earlier in the…

Border’s Failure to Read Between the Lines

July 26, 2011

As Borders began shuttering their roughly 400 remaining stores, company president Mike Edwards said, “We are saddened by this development. We were all working hard towards a different outcome, but the headwinds we have been facing for quite some time…have brought us to where we are now.” A heartfelt statement that craftily shifts the blame for their demise to external…

Strategy Pizza

July 13, 2011

When you’re trying to do too much at work, it’s like a Strategy Pizza with everything. Imagine eating a pizza with 25 toppings – sausage, pepperoni, mushrooms, anchovies, peppers, spinach, bacon, ham, pineapple, onion rings, potato skins – wow, I’m getting hungry just thinking about that. BUT it’s too much – it’s messy, it tastes bad and it’s hard to…