Leaders and Strategies in Real Life: 5/1/18

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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 Deneen Pottery, Katjes Magic Candy Factory, Disneyflix, Netflix, and automating stores.

From Ryan Estis: How Deneen Pottery Competes in the New Economy With Old-School Craftsmanship

“The next challenge: Finding the mug worthy of inserting into the morning routine. Turns out that problem was solved a few miles from my home with one quick field trip to tour the incredible Deneen Pottery manufacturing facility in Saint Paul’s Midway Creative Zone. There is no question that my Bulletproof coffee tastes better out of our new handcrafted, custom-made signature mug. I also knew the Deneen story was one I simply had to share with you.”

From Deborah Unger: Melissa Snover’s Recipe for Sweet Success

“The ‘head magician’ at Katjes Magic Candy Factory talks about custom candy, serial entrepreneurship, technology, and the growing pains of startups.”

From Derek Thompson: Disneyflix Is Coming. And Netflix Should Be Scared.

“No company has been more responsible for shaping the modern entertainment landscape than Walt Disney. In 1937, with Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, its first feature film, Disney invented the family blockbuster. In 1954, with Disneyland, an anthology series hosted by Walt Disney himself, it became the first movie studio to strike out for the wild west of television. Since then, Disney’s dominance has only grown. Of the dozen films with the largest worldwide box-office take since 2010, Disney released eight. Those successes, however, belie real danger on the horizon for Disney.”

From David Merrefield: Success Eludes Lidl

“What happens when an abundance of ambition meets empty execution? The result might be called ‘Lidl.'”

From Kavita Kumar: From self-checkout to cashier-less stores, retailers look to automate stores

“Most analysts agree that physical shopping, like manufacturing before it, is heading toward more automation. You can see the transition already with more self-checkout lanes and newer scan-and-go options.”

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