The Motorcycle Man and the Why

The Motorcycle Man and the Why

Ken Schmidt of Harley Davidson does not lack for energy - I learned this last week at a Canon conference where he keynoted. His narrative was on Harley Davidson being on the verge of bankruptcy in 1985 because Harley had lost all sense of why people buy their motorcycles and instead tried to play the specs game; Harley versus Honda, Harley versus Yamaha, as the logic engine to buy. The problem was that Honda makes world class everything, even according to Ken, and their very similar bikes cost half that of a Harley.
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21st Century Makeover

21st Century Makeover

Labor Day needs a makeover.

For a long time, the discussion feels like it has focused on quantity.  There is an unhealthy fascination with being able to talk about how much we work.

Near and dear to our hearts at IOS is the subject of work – except our focus has always been on making it easier.

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My New Audi Has No Workflow

My New Audi Has No Workflow

You are sitting across the desk from a reasonable imitation of a carbon based life form sales guy negotiating the final details of your luxury car purchase. Maybe it’s an Audi, maybe a Mercedes or the new Infiniti. It doesn’t matter because they are all pretty great. But then you are jolted because you realize you have neglected to discuss the sound system. Let’s face it, other than the driver’s door handle, accelerator and brake this will be used more than anything else.

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Are You Smart?

Are You Smart?

“The test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function.”   F. Scott Fitzgerald

Great Gatsby! He was on to something.

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