What the heck is strategy ?


I don’t know what is more difficult to get consensus on a definition – “meaning of life” or “strategy” . And I am only partly kidding here 🙂 Vast majority of the literature and talks on strategy are about what it is not , as opposed to what it really is . This was trueContinue reading “What the heck is strategy ?”

IBM Watson is just fine, thank you !


Over the last couple of days, I have seen a bunch of articles on my social media feed that are based on a research report from Jefferies' James Kisner criticizing IBM Watson. I am a big fan of criticism of technology – and as folks who have known me over time can vouch, I seldomContinue reading “IBM Watson is just fine, thank you !”

Facebook bought Whatsapp – I have mixed feelings


I don’t exactly know what to make of Facebook’s acquisition of Whatsapp for about $19B . Like many others – it was a jaw bropping moment for me. And since then, I have been trying to rationalize it in my mind, with limited success. There are some things that work in favor of this dealContinue reading “Facebook bought Whatsapp – I have mixed feelings”

What about those company values ?


Couple of days ago, I had a nice long chat with an old friend who worked with me more than ten years ago. One of the topics that came up in the conversation was how some companies don’t seem to have a set of core values to guide the actions of their employees. It isContinue reading “What about those company values ?”

Why do companies exist ?


In business school -I was taught that the primary idea of having a company is to maximize returns to its shareholders . There were some essays on the “additional necessity” of stake holder management too . As I joined the workforce – I was taught that companies exist to make sure customers are successful .Continue reading “Why do companies exist ?”

What can corporate peeps learn from chimpanzees ?


Let me tell you a story A scientist wanted to test how well Chimpanzees take care of each other and devised an experiment to test his hypothesis . He put a little chimp and his mother into a huge tall glass jar . And then he started pouring water into it . As the waterContinue reading “What can corporate peeps learn from chimpanzees ?”

SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – View from the top, with Joseph A Bellissimo of IBM


In my last post, I had included 2 videos I did with John Leffler of IBM. This time, I am including a short video with Joseph (Jay) A Bellissimo . Jay Bellissimo is the Managing Partner of the Global SAP practice at IBM Global Business Services.  He grew his career up the ranks via theContinue reading “SAPPHIRENOW 2012 – View from the top, with Joseph A Bellissimo of IBM”