Blue Apron—the ingredient and recipe meal kit service –is the most recent to make headlines. With a subpar IPO and a stock price that continues to decline, Blue Apron may eventually succumb to the Amazon Effect: either closing its doors or selling out well below the $2 billion it was once valued. Or not. What if Blue Apron joined forces with Kroger?
They’re both great at grabbing headlines – Mr. Kim alarming the world by launching his latest explosive toys with abandon*, Mr. Bezos for alarming the world of commerce with his disruptive experiments (spaceships, drones, Whole Foods, Wardrobe, etc.) – and certainly both of them have the world wondering what’s behind all the frenzy. But look deeper, and strange similarities emerge…
Many millennials are doing something few in previous generations have done before: they’re starting to love themselves, exactly as they are. It may sound trite, but coming on the heels of Gen X’ers who are often dubbed the “low self-esteem generation,” it’s revolutionary. In fact, millennials are spending twice as much as boomers on self-care tools like diet plans, fitness memberships, therapy, and apps that focus on improving their well-being.
It’s well documented in behavioral research that faith – in anything – can blind (and bind) us from seeing the shortcomings of whatever it is we have faith in. So it is with the ubiquitous crutch of big business today – ‘BIG DATA.’
Pappy Van Winkle is the most sought after bourbon on the planet. The pre-prohibition style liquor enjoys huge demand from bourbon enthusiasts, bar owners and high-end restaurants around the world. Depending on the make and age, a bottle will run a buyer anywhere from $200 to $2,200, selling as high as $6,000 in the secondary market. That’s if you can find it.
One of the drawbacks of online shopping is the delay between buying and actually receiving a product. If we go through the hassle of driving to the store, physically sifting through sweaters or shoes and making small talk while paying for our purchase, at least we have the instant gratification of using our stuff immediately.
After a long pause, the mid-level manager leaned in and said, “Everyday, we shake the tree too much…You must plant the seed, nourish it and provide the right sunlight for the tree to grow. You must then let it flower and be unselfish in harvesting its fruit…And currently we shake the tree too much. We are too urgent and we are running out of fruit.”
Change Management is an artifact of a world that doesn’t exist, invented by management consultants to rob organizations of their money, time, morale and energy. If you’re tired of hearing the same repetitive answers to the very interesting question of how to help your organization respond to seismic change, stop drop-clicking on bullshit memes like 10 Principles of Change Management.
The truth, as seen from the perspective of people in the trenches of the organization, is the essential ingredient for leading a successful transformation. Leaders are able to close the gap between their own point of view and that of the workforce by proactively addressing employees’ real concerns, reducing friction caused by confusion or mistrust and allowing transformation efforts to move faster.
Inside large organizations, transformation is often painful. Some of that is just par for the course, but some of that hardship is self-inflicted. For the last six years, our company has helped leaders in a variety of industries communicate change internally. We’ve found a few common things that get in the way of transformation efforts. Eliminating these obstacles will ensure a faster transition with fewer pain points.