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Doing Both

For Your Consideration: The Twin Qualities That Made Oprah One of TV's Best

Inder Sidhu | Posted 07.23.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

You're probably aware that Oprah Winfrey signs off this week as the host of TV's top-rated daytime talk show. As her show wraps, it's worth taking a moment to consider what made Oprah so successful and how it applies leaders like you.

The Story of All Great Organizations

Inder Sidhu | Posted 07.18.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

What do Mitt Romney, Big Oil and Nintendo have in common? Each is trying to sell a story that few seem willing to buy.

ATM 2.0: What the Cash Machine's Second Act Can Teach Business Leaders

Inder Sidhu | Posted 06.01.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Here's a question sure to stump your dinner guests and water-cooler colleagues: when was the first ATM put into use? Hint: John F. Kennedy was in the White House.

When Wrong Makes Right: The Upside of Failure

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

If you haven't achieved the success you thought you would by now, blame failure -- or, rather, the lack of it. The surprising truth about success is this: it often is the byproduct of repeated failures.

The Worst SEO Mistake You Can Make

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Contrary to promises, SEO technology will not provide you a sustainable, competitive advantage. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Sequel Mania: Is Sustaining Innovation Too Much of a Good Thing in Hollywood?

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Inder Sidhu

What's the greenest town in American? Hollywood, where recycling has literally become an art form.

No Place Left to Run: Out of Options, Borders Files for Bankruptcy

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Borders failed to develop a new business model while trying to perfect its traditional one. Doing both helped Barnes & Noble hold its ground against Amazon.com, WalMart and others.

The Cairo Condition: Waiting for a Crisis to Make Changes Is a Bad Idea

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Think about the last time your organization faced a crisis: did it anticipate it before hand? Was it slow to implement change? Did your leaders vow afterward to react differently next time?

The Steelers and Packers Win With Defense -- What About Your Company?

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

When you sit to watch the game this weekend, enjoy the spectacle of the cheesehead, but remember this: the guy with the "D" and the fence may not be as entertaining, but he know how to win.

The Tao of Punxsutawney: Career Advice for Groundhog Day and Beyond

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Tired of shoveling where you work? Maybe Punxsutawney Phil will lift your mood. But if frustrations linger after spring comes, then it may be time to reassess your career.

Overcoming Ambiguity: Three Steps That Every Business Can Take

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Some business leaders simply can't handle a gamble like investing in China. To them, the ambiguities add too much stress or create too many distractions. Yet others thrive in this situation. How?

Profiles in Doing Both: The Secret Behind the LUV at Southwest

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

It's a burden to satisfy customers and please partners simultaneously. But it is one that Southwest gladly shoulders. The reason? The relationships that Southwest maintains help it deliver more love to customers.

Reality Check: Is Your Business Strategy Ready for 2011?

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Here's a sobering thought for the new year: most business strategies are woefully incomplete. But with the new year just beginning, it's not too late to put your own business strategy to the test.

From Old Spice to Levitra, Social Media Is the Place to Build Brands

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

First it took phosphates out of detergents, now Proctor & Gamble is taking money out of soap operas.

'Tis the Season: The Inspiring Generosity of Billionaire Philanthropists

Inder Sidhu | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Inder Sidhu

Why would so many wealthy people go so far to help so many? I think the answer is obvious to anyone who has ever contributed to a cause, a charity or a friend in need: There's more to life than doing well; to be truly rich you have to do good too.

Profiles in Doing Both: How Cutting-Edge Thinking Keeps Gillette Sharp

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

There's a movement under way in India that has led to some dancing in the streets. No, I am not talking about some up-and-coming political revolution...

Under the Microscope: Are Innovation and Cost Control at Odds in Health Care?

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Major medical breakthroughs like the proton beam accelerator are helping to save lives. But are they better than other, less-expensive forms of technology that are more widely available?

Education Reform: Where Lower Pay and Reduced Job Security Have Produced Surprising Results

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
Inder Sidhu

Everyone knows that education reform in America hinges on paying teachers higher salaries, right? Maybe not.

Profiles in Doing Both: How Tuning and Transforming Make Heinz Healthier

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

Despite the global economic downturn and ongoing issues related to currency fluctuation, Heinz has stayed healthy and strong. One of the most important reasons why is the company's ongoing efforts to pursue reinvention and optimization simultaneously.

Culture Shift: How Technology Is Changing Black Friday

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

it's time to rethink Black Friday, which even retailers no longer view as the official beginning of the holiday shopping season.

Profiles in Doing Both: Is There a Sequel in Blockbuster's Future?

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

To survive its bankruptcy, Blockbuster must move quickly and optimize its workforce and store count. It also needs to reduce its debt. Most importantly, Blockbuster must also reinvent how Americans consume media.

Nintendo's Innovation Gap: When a Disrupter Becomes the Disrupted

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Inder Sidhu

Four years after revolutionizing the electronic gaming industry with its "motion-sensitive" Wii entertainment console, Nintendo finds itself at a cross roads. Make that crosshairs.

Capture Market Transitions with Business Models

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

When you think Walgreens, you probably think of Omega vitamins or Crest Whitestrips sold in convenient retail settings--many open 24 hours a day. But...

They Might Be Giants: Management Insights From San Francisco's Boys of Summer

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

"Misfits and castoffs." That's what some are calling San Francisco's surprise World Series contenders, the Giants. After defeating the Philadelphia P...

Clicks and Mortar Integration: Where Retail Excellence and Relevance Come Together

Inder Sidhu | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Inder Sidhu

No time to shop for tonight's dinner? It's not a problem if you live in the Mid-Atlantic or Southeastern part of the United States. Now you can order...