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Hormel: Growing Differently

Ok, I'm on vacation so this blog is a bit of a rush, but have you noticed how Hormel is thinking about growth? In January, 2013, they bought Skippy peanut butter and now they've just announced their intent to purchase...

Cricket: Food for Entrepreneurial Champions

I spent 30+ years at Oscar Mayer and parent company Kraft Foods. At that time, Kraft was the largest food company in the Western hemisphere and the most profitable in world. Kraft was a new products juggernaut introducing thousands of...

Solving the CEO's Transformation Dilemma

The intent was to fuel earnings growth by using technology to transform a part of the innovation process. The business had spent months and significant resources developing a strategy and detailed business case for the major initiative. They even went...

How Employees are Rewarded for Low Value Work

Several years ago, a marketing group we were working with was complaining about all the busywork that was keeping them from doing the difficult, more important work of growing the business. An assessment of where they were spending their time...

Designers, PLM, and the Problem of Change

In only one brief interview with a new product creative designer, it became clear the consumer products company was going to have significant problems with a strategic transformation. Hearing the reactions of senior leaders to the anonymous interview results only...

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