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Bark with bite
January 30, 2012 | FT | By John Quelch.

Academics succeed if their names are linked to one important idea that outlives them. Professor Theodore Levitt’s name is linked to many. The first was a blockbuster. “Marketing myopia” was published by Harvard Business Review (HBR) in 1960, one year after Harvard Business School plucked Prof Levitt, the son of a German immigrant cobbler, from the University of North Dakota.

The article famously asked: “What business are you in?” It critiqued railroads for “letting their customers get away from them because they assumed themselves to be in the railroad business rather than the transportation business”. They were product-orientated rather than market-orientated....the importance of tangible evidence to reassure customers choosing among suppliers of intangible services (the impressive bank building, the authoritative logo)....I gave him a wide berth until it was time for feedback on my thesis proposal after three months of hard labour. The meeting lasted five minutes, barely long enough for Prof Levitt, whose mentoring style was more tough love than hand-holding, to dismiss me with: “Throw this out, start again and come back in a week with something important!” Fortunately, I did.

Prof Levitt’s advice was always to work on important problems that are important to important people in important companies. It spurred me to get out into the field, talk to business people, write case studies and understand the messy complexity of the world, rather than work behind my desk on mathematical models based on unrealistic assumptions.
advice  discernment  feedback  hand-holding  HBR  HBS  John_Quelch  marketing  market-orientated  messiness  myopic  primary_field_research  product-orientated  reminiscing  sophisticated  Theodore_Levitt  tough_love  worthiness  worthwhile_problems 
december 2013 by jerryking
How I Scanned My Family History: Life Electronically Preserved -
July 16, 2012 | WSJ | By KATHLEEN A. HUGHES
Scanning My Life
A decision to digitize a family's papers brings smiles and heartache.
reminiscing  preservation  scanning  digital_life  decluttering  digitalization 
july 2012 by jerryking
Jack Layton: You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone - The Globe and Mail
Tabatha Southey | Columnist profile | E-mail
From Saturday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Aug. 26, 2011
Tabatha_Southey  Jack_Layton  memorials  reminiscing  obituaries  politicians 
august 2011 by jerryking
No back door when my water flowed from Guyana
May 4, 2011 | Indo Caribbean World | Bernard Heydorn
Guyanese  Guyana  writers  reminiscing 
may 2011 by jerryking
Mountains of the Moon (Africa) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In a book by Willard Price called "Elephant Adventure", the
story takes place in the Mountains of the Moon, where the wildlife
including the elephants, the trees and other vegetation is supposed to be of sizes at least one third larger than in the rest of Africa. Price cites a March 1962 article in National Geographic Magazine as the basis for his information.
wikipedia  novels  reminiscing  nostalgia  Uganda 
october 2010 by jerryking
Russert's Career Advice: Just Do It -
JUNE 16, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | by ROBERT COSTA. Russert
stopped by Notre Dame this April, a month before my graduation, to give
the Red Smith Lecture in Journalism. He talked about the need to
prepare for every interview. "It is essential that I do what I didn't do
when I was in college," he said. "I had been taught that if I read my
lesson before class, show up in class on time, review my notes after
class, then the exam would be easy. They were right. I did not do that,
but it is what I do now, each and every day." Russert told us at Notre
Dame to challenge ourselves to think critically about what we saw and
read. "It is not enough to confirm your political views by only
accessing and reading outfits that reinforce your views but do not
challenge them," he said.
interview_preparation  Tim_Russert  career  advice  critical_thinking  inspiration  reminiscing  journalists 
february 2010 by jerryking
Weaving a memory from New Amsterdam’s Strand
January 10, 2007| Indo Caribbean World pg. 19 | by Bernard Heydorn
Guyana  reminiscing  history 
february 2010 by jerryking
Remembering my father
November 1, 2009 | Stabroek News | By Brendan de Caires
Guyana  newspapers  reminiscing  obituaries 
november 2009 by jerryking
The rise and fall of Guyana’s cinemas
July 26, 2009 | Stabroek News | Godfrey Chin. "Anyone who has
read Godfrey Chin’s beautiful book “Nostalgias” will tell you he/she
feels blessed afterwards. In literary terms it is not a masterpiece, but
it certainly serves the purpose of preserving an existential past that
could fade into nothingness. All young Guyanese ought to read what
Godfrey Chin writes."
Guyana  nostalgia  History  cinemas  movies  reminiscing  Guyanese 
july 2009 by jerryking
Those were the days;
06-25-2004 G & M RoB Magazine article by Doug Steiner on
the behaviour changes occurring in Bay Street among the brokerages.

First Marathon--led by Lawrence Bloomberg--and Gordon Capital, Connacher's secretive institutional boutique, were the Street's two toughest and savviest firms. First Marathon helped pioneer the discount brokerage concept in the early 1980s with Marathon Brown (which TD Bank bought in 1993). Bloomberg also perfected the "eat what you kill" compensation plan of fat bonuses for partners and employees who put together lucrative deals. It changed the payouts of almost every trader and investment banker on Bay Street, Howe Street and Ren Lvesque Boulevard....By 1995, the internet was changing trading forever. Disnat, E*TRADE Canada and other on-line dealers pushed the banks into flat-fee trading. Within three years, commissions for small trades tumbled 70%.

Yet Canada still had five stock exchanges: Vancouver, Alberta, Winnipeg, Toronto and Montreal. TSE president Rowland Fleming urged the exchanges to modernize, and the TSE closed its trading floor in 1997. His pugnacious leadership style helped persuade the dealers to remove both him and their own duplication of costs by consolidating the exchanges.

The culture was changing as well. Watering holes in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver lost customers. Alcohol was no longer greasing the wheels of fortune. It was being replaced by MBAs, CFAs and hard work.
'80s  Bay_Street  behavioral_change  bourses  brokerage_houses  cultural_change  culture  Doug_Steiner  eat_what_you_kill  Gordon_Capital  hard_work  reminiscing  stockmarkets 
january 2009 by jerryking

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