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Most Complained About Company in 2017 — fun fact for the weekend gatherings, this Fortune article highlights the most complained about company in the US in 2017. And it was the winner in 49 states and DC – the only exception was North Dakota! Take 10 seconds to find out.
Blackrock's Focus on Social Impact — with $6.3 trillion under management, Larry Fink's Annual Letter to CEOs tends to get some attention. Blackrock's CEO, Fink gave companies three criteria they would use to invest in the future – a purpose, a long term strategic direction, and a diverse board (which is why mid-market firms that install Rockefeller Habits 2.0 are valued so highly by public companies – you have at least of the three already in place). The most interesting paragraph:
Please take 3 minutes to read down through the letter – for both style and substance.
Three-Step Question Sequence — I love the headline "How Better Questions Can Drive Innovation and Business Growth: An Interview with a 'A More Beautiful Question' Author Warren Berger" so it caught my attention. Scaling Up is all about finding the right question – like "what is the constraint in my industry and how do I gain control of it." And who doesn't want to find a "beautiful question" – kudos to Berger for a beautiful title. However, for some reason the article fell flat, except for this three-step question sequence Berger suggests – why, what if, and how. More specifically:
That's a beautiful paragraph and sequence – moving from understanding to imagining to doing. Worth putting to use. Thank you to Steve Hall, DriversSelect.com for suggesting.
25 Companies Getting Design Right — this Fortune article details how companies from Apple to Zalando are getting design right. I love the opening story, which I've shared around the globe, how Airbnb finally got it right after struggling for five years to build the company. It was four magical words "go to your users!" So, they moved from Mountain View to New York City. They figured out the two constraints to their business and the rest is history. This is your longer read for the weekend – 7 – 10 minutes – but it will get your head into the right place – design is everything – from processes to products, it's the user interface/experience that matters. It's so important that it's Gazelles' overarching theme for 2018 – to up the design impact of everything we do, starting with my PPT slide deck getting a major overhaul to the look and feel of our ScaleUp Summits, to the technology platforms driving Rockefeller Habits 2.0.
Planning Summer Travel — Spain has overtaken the U.S. as the second most visited country next to France. This Guardian article provides some of the details.
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