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How to Build a Really Great Company

Kodak was a really great company for over 100 years and went bankrupt. Apple was on the verge of bankruptcy in 1997 and is now a really great company. WHY?!


Don Strickland, a former executive of both companies, gives an insider’s answer to this important and intriguing question. Drawing upon his personal experience, he shares his unique insider’s perspective into how each company approached strategy, culture and innovation.


This fascinating tale of two companies told “from the inside” provides important and novel insights into what it takes to build a really great company.

The New World of Data:
Data Driven Innovation

Disruptive and converging technologies have started a data revolution in which data is rapidly becoming the most valuable asset for businesses. These technologies include Cloud Computing, the Internet of Things, Big Data and the “Always On” Mobile Connectivity Platform.


Recent academic research shows that data driven companies have higher productivity and profitability than their non-data driven peers. The most important factor in becoming data driven is understanding the impact of the data revolution on innovation. Based on his recent research and direct experience, Don speaks on how the “New World of Data” is changing not only the priorities for innovation, but also the underlying approaches to innovation processes and its leadership.

Business Model Innovation:
Your Most Important Asset

The business model is the most important component of a company’s strategy. Various approaches to business model innovation are practiced, but most companies still struggle to escape from their historical business model and get “blind-sided” by innovative new entrants.


Don Strickland, former Apple executive and successful entrepreneur, has been the pioneer of several disruptive business models in his career. Don draws from his personal experiences and that of other successful CEOs to provide unique insights into successful business model innovation and how to avoid business model failure traps.

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