Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 3/14/17

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Instead of studying leadership, why not spend some time studying leaders and strategies in the wild? You can learn a lot from leadership experts, but you always see the leader and what he or she does through the expert’s personal lens. Supplement that learning with studying real leaders in real life situations and draw your own conclusions. The posts in this series will help you.

Every week I’ll point you to articles by and about real leaders in real situations and to articles about how real companies are faring in the marketplace. Read them. Think about them. Draw your own lessons and conclusions from them. Then try to apply those lessons in your own real life.

This week I’m pointing you to articles about Amazon. Yep, that’s it five articles about Amazon, but only one has a suggestion about what you should do.

From Noah Robischon: Why Amazon Is The World’s Most Innovative Company Of 2017

“A rapid expansion of Prime plus bold bets in the physical world are allowing the retailer to offer even more, even faster and smarter.”

From Nick Wingfield: Amazon Moves to Cut Checkout Line, Promoting a Grab-and-Go Experience

“There is almost no aspect of retail that Amazon has not upended with online shopping. Now, the company is trying to computerize the experience of buying sandwiches and soda from the corner convenience store.”

From Pantagraph: 3 Great Reasons to Buy Amazon.com Stock

“After the company’s two decades of torrid growth, you’d be excused for thinking its days of market-crushing gains are a thing of the past. You’d also probably be wrong. In fact, here are three reasons you may want to buy Amazon’s shares today.”

From PYMNTS: Millennials Buy Their Clothes On Amazon

“Amazon’s share of millennial apparel dollars could inflate even further in the next few years as the online retail giant continues its private-label push. Amazon has been building out its private-label offerings for apparel since at least the end of 2015, with the most recent development coming earlier this year when Amazon looked to be preparing to launch its own line of workout clothes.”

I saved Robin Lewis’ article for last because Robin is such a savvy analyst and this is not his first rodeo by a long shot. Read on for some perspective and a suggestion or two.

From Robin Lewis: Amazon, Yada, Yada, Yada

“Every day, and usually more than once a day, some new tidbit about Amazon blazing new trails and road blocking old ones screams out with news of disintermediating all industries. With the metric of Amazon growing at the rate of 20-30 percent a year, it’s hard to conjecture when it will ever slow down. What’s worse is envisioning the roadkill as Amazon stomps or steals a host of retailers’ or brands’ business.”

Just remember, there was a time when A&P and then Sears and then McDonald’s and then Walmart were going to take over the world.

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