I got the chance to attend HBX for the second year, meeting my fellow alumni and taking the opportunity to ask questions and learn from our professors in person. I blogged over on the HBX blog about my top takeaways from the day—take a look! >>
This is the question Clay Christensen poses at the beginning of his lecture I was lucky enough to attend at HBX ConneXt. Where does growth come from? Why is it so difficult to sustain?
Coming of age in a jobless recovery, that's all analysts seem to talk about. Why can't qualified college graduates find jobs? Where did they all go? I recap Clay's fantastic session at HBX ConneXt >>
As my time with my cohort comes to a close, I wanted to pause and reflect on what I learned, and what I'll take with me moving forward in my career. HBX was incredibly time-consuming (more so than advertised, I believe) but ultimately, very rewarding and insightful. Here are my three key takeaways from my Harvard HBX semester >>
We're constantly blasted by marketing and sales messages every day, whether they're pinging us in our inboxes, blaring over radio speakers, or popping up in our Facebook feeds.
And it works.
The interesting thing about consumers is that the majority of them want to be like everyone else. They follow trends, look for "what's in," and buy what they're told by glossy magazines.
Companies can't follow the herd if they want to turn a profit. It may work for a time, but eventually, little by little, profits will disappear. Even more disastrous? When businesses think they're following trends but they've completely missed the boat.
Failure. The word burns even to say it. It stings. It's a slap in the face. Confronting the beast of failure puts a pit in your stomach. It is, by far, the hardest thing to learn.
Fail fast, fail hard has become a huge cliche--here's why it's harder to implement than you think.