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Design = Differentiator #1Design Management Institute:Design-Based Leadershipin the 21st CenturyChatham MA 25October2000 [Version 01.22.01]


THE BASE CASE: I am a design fanatic. Personally, though not “artistic,” I’m a cool-stuff guy. I love what I love and I hate what I hate. [Openly.] But it goes [much] further, far beyond the personal. Design has become a professional obsession. I - SIMPLY – BELIEVE THAT DESIGN PER SE IS THE PRINCIPAL REASON FOR EMOTIONAL ATTACHMENT [or detachment] RELATIVE TO A PRODUCT OR SERVICE OR EXPERIENCE. Design, as I see it, is arguably the #1 determinant of whether a product-service-experience stands out … or doesn’t. Furthermore, it’s “one of those things” … that damn few companies put – consistently – on the front burner.


NOW THAT’S B-I-G!“The period 2000-2002 will bring the single greatest change in worldwide economic and business conditions since we came down from the trees.”David Schneider & Grady Means, MetaCapitalism


Um … Eduardo Kac and Alba, the glowing* bunny rabbit!*You can thank one selfless jellyfish and several French scientists!Source: Rutland Herald (10.01.00)


“In 25 years, you’ll probably be able to get the sum total of all human knowledge on a personal device.”Greg Blonder, VC [was Chief Technical Adviser for Corporate Strategy @ AT&T] [Barron’s 11.13.2000]


“The corporation as we know it, which is now 120 years old, is not likely to survive the next 25 years. Legally and financially, yes, but not structurally and economically.”Peter Drucker, Business 2.0 (08.00)


Quality Not Enough!“While everything may be better, it is also increasingly the same.”Paul Goldberger on retail, “The Sameness of Things,” The New York Times

“We make over three new product announcements a day. Can you remember them? Our customers can’t!”Carly Fiorina, CEO, Hewlett Packard

“The ‘surplus society’ has a surplus of similar companies, employing similarpeople, with similar educational backgrounds, working in similar jobs, coming up with similarideas, producing similar things, with similarprices and similarquality.”Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrale,Funky Business


“If you worship at the throne of the voice of the customer, you’ll get only incremental advances.”Joseph Morone, President, Bentley College


“These days, you can’t succeed as a company if you’re consumer led – because in a world so full of so much constant change, consumers can’t anticipate the next big thing. Companies should be idea-led and consumer-informed.”Doug Atkin, partner, Merkley Newman Harty


“The good 10 percent of American product design comes out of big-idea companies that don’t believe in talking to the customer. They're run by passionate maniacs who make everybody’s life miserable until they get what they want.”Bran Ferren, Applied Minds/Wired 1-2001


“Our strategies must be tied to leading edge customers on the attack. If we focus on the defensive customers, we will also become defensive.”John Roth, CEO, Nortel


“Future-defining customers may account for only 2% to 3% of your total, but they represent a crucial window on the future.”Adrian Slywotzky, Mercer Consultants


“We don’t have a good language to talk about this kind of thing. In most people’s vocabularies, design means veneer. … But to me, nothing could be further from the meaning of design. Design is the fundamental soul of a man-made creation.”Steve Jobs

message engage your client in an examination exploration of why we care about stuff or don t
Message: Engage your Client in an examination- exploration of why we care about stuff. Or don’t.

Compare 10 order forms or data fields at a Web site.Save great and awful junk mail.Go on a <$10 shopping spree.Pay attention to signage. (And instruction manuals.)Start a notebook. NOW.


“Car designers need to create astory. Every car provides an opportunity to create anadventure. …“The Prowler makes yousmile. Why? Because it’s focused. It has aplot, a reason for being, apassion.”Freeman Thomas, co-designer VW Beetle; designer Audi TT


“Experiencesare as distinct from services as services are from goods.”Joseph Pine & James Gilmore, The Experience Economy: Work Is Theatre & Every Business a Stage


PlotWilliams Sonoma = 6 [was 10]Crate & Barrel = 8Sharper Image = 9+Smith & Hawken = 8+Garnet Hill = 9L.L. Bean = 5 [was 9+]Land’s End = 7+Colonial Williamsburg = ?


Great Design is “Cheeky”CEO Richard Branson’s stated hurdle for any new Virgin product or service: best quality, good value, innovative, challenge existing alternatives, sense of fun or cheekiness


“I wish more money and time was spent on designing an exceptional product, and less on trying to psychologically manipulate perceptions through expensive advertising.” – Phil KotlerSource: Design Council [UK]


“Design is a way of demonstrating how beautiful something can be. It has a very profound quality. Design is a way of changing life and influencing the future.”– Sir Ernest Hall, Dean CloughSource: Design Council [UK]


“It was a revelation to discover how design could change people’s behaviour. I learnt that simply by altering the graphic content of an exhibit you could double the number of people who visited it.”– Gillian Thomas, The Science MuseumSource: Design Council [UK]


“The future will fascinate. A place where experience becomes more important than information, truth more important than technology, and ideas the only global currency.” - Ralph Ardill, ImaginationSource: Design Council [UK]


“What’s imperative is the creation of a style that becomes a culture linking you to the community. You can only do that through good design.”– Anita RoddickSource: Design Council [UK]


“Outstandingly good design in service industries is not an optional extra. It is an essential part of everything a company does, and what it stands for.” – Richard Dykes, MD, Royal Mail “Design is one of the few tools that, for every $ you spend, you actually say something about your business. You have it in your power to use design to further the wealth and prosperity of your business.” – Raymond Turner, BAASource: Design Council [UK]


“Designers are people who think with their hearts.” – James, age 10. “If there were no design there would be nothing to do, and nothing would progress or get better. The world would fall apart.” – Anna, age 11. “My favourite design is the Nike ‘tick’ because it makes me feel confident, even though I am not so good at sports.” – Raoul, age 11.Source: Design Council [UK]

“Sometimes I have episodes of wild fury in rental cars. It’s not road rage. It’s more like design rage.”Susan Casey,

“My favorite word is grace– whether it’s amazinggrace, saving grace, graceunder fire, Grace Kelly. How we live contributes to beauty – whether it’s how we treat other people or the environment.”Celeste Cooper, designer


“Lust for beauty and elegance underpins the most important discoveries in computational history.” “The beauty of a proof or a machine lies in a happy marriage of simplicity and power.” “Beauty is the ultimate defense against complexity.” “A good programmer can be at least a hundred times more productive than an average one. The gap has little to do with technical or mathematical or engineering training – and much to do with taste, good judgment, aesthetic gifts.”David Gelernter, Machine Beauty: Elegance and the Heart of Technology


The I.D. [International Design] Forty*Airstream … Alfred A. Knopf … Apple Computer …… Bloomberg… Caterpillar …CNN… Disney…FedEx… Gillette … IBM …Martha Stewart… New Balance …Nickelodeon… Patagonia …The New York Yankees… 3M … Etc. * List No. 1, 1999


Lady Sensor, Mach3, and …$70M on developing the OralB CrossAction toothbrush23 patents, including 6 for the packagingSource: [06.00]


Design Transforms even the [Biggest] Corporations!TARGET… “the champion of America’s new design democracy” (Time) “Marketer of the Year 2000” (Advertising Age)

message design applies to 1 service companies 2 departmental affairs 3 79 cent items
Message: Design applies to (1) service companies, (2) departmental affairs, (3) 79-cent items.

“The Web enables total transparency.People with access to relevant information are beginning to challenge any type of authority. The stupid, loyal and humble customer, employee, patient or citizen is dead.”Kjell Nordstrom and Jonas Ridderstrale, Funky Business


The MySimon “Model”“MySimon renders obsolete the value-added role of the trained salesperson and goes beyond the role of the typical e-retailer. Rather than selling the product, MySimon acts as a personal advisor to guide the customer to a source for purchase. The company generates revenue from vendor slotting fees and advertising.”Richard Wine & David Morrison, “Beyond the Exchange: The Future of B2B” (HBR, 11-12/2000)


“Most companies would do more business on the Internet if they fired their entire marketing department and replaced it with people who could produce interactive content that actuallymade it easier for users to buy.”Jakob Nielsen, Nielsen Norman Group


Nielsen/Designing Web UsabilityAll Web projects are customer-interface projects!Simplicity rules!Make it easy for customers to perform useful tasks!Less “cool,” more useful!Speed rules!


SWASimple!!!!!!!!!!!!(customers call because the process is so easy they can’t believe they’re done)30% of revenues directly from SWA site(vs. 6% for others)Source: Business Week (09.00)


One Person’s Opinion [11.2000]TP to reporter: “Service is MUCH better! Would you go back to bank tellers and phone operators? Value that I place on a smile: 3 on a scale of 10. Value I place on fast “digital” response: 11 on a scale of 10!!”


“There is no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”Lewis Carroll

Message: All the “cool stuff” looks [exactly] like all the other “cool stuff” in this, THE BRIGHT NEW AGE OF DESIGN.

“Our innate idiosyncrasies are actually more endearing to others than our most glorious achievements.”– Veronique Vienne, The Art of Imperfection.“Glorious imperfections”– Sam Phillips, Sun Records, on identifying & presenting raw talent

n w o was is is
Pine-paneled Office

Address: 1 Big Man Plaza




Rank conscious

Pretense (“Failures are

for fools.”)

I love “Yes men”


Seat 9B, UA233


Typing: 60 WPM

Casual M-F


We are a HOT Team

Screwing up is as normal as breathing

I love Misfits!

I love partners

N.W.O.:WasIs Is
answer psf professional service firm department head to managing partner hr is etc inc
Answer: PSF![Professional Service Firm]Department Headto …Managing Partner, HR [IS, etc.] Inc.

“P.S.F.”: SummaryH.V.A. Projects (100%)Pioneer ClientsWOW Work (see below)Hot “Talent” (see below)“Adventurous” “culture”Point of View (Methodology)W.W.P.F. (100%)When: Now!

reward excellent failures punish mediocre successes phil daniels sydney exec
“Reward excellent failures. Punish mediocre successes.”Phil Daniels, Sydney exec
  • WOW!
  • Beauty!
  • Raving Fans!
  • Impact!
t t d things to do now
T.T.D./Things To Do: Now!
  • List all projects
  • Carefully describe a “WOW Outcome” for you and the Client
  • Score (!)all projects on WOW, Beauty, Impact, Raving Fan-hood
  • Pick one project with a high combined score
  • Draft a one-page New Description that emphasizes WOW, Beauty, etc.
  • Circulate and edit … for three days
  • Reduce to 5 [scintillating] “bullet points”

Recruit [a/a = 1] Friend [in the Boondocks]Skip [Flip off] the Hierarchy!Recruit [A]nother Friend!Do Some Cool Shit! Fast!Surround the Bastards [with WOW WINS/ results]!

Great + risky design is always [??] a product of engaging the Client – from the start – in a journey to the unknown.

Reframers’ Rules:Rule 1:Never accept an assignment as given! (Please.)Rule 2:You’re never so powerful as when you are “powerless”!Rule 3:Every “small” project contains the entire enterprise DNA!


“It was much later that I realized Dad’s secret. He gained respect by giving it. He talked and listened to the fourth-grade kids in Spring Valley who shined shoes the same way he talked and listened to a bishop or a college president.He was seriously interested in who you were and what you had to say.”

Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot, Respect


Characteristics of the “Also rans”*“Minimize risk”“Respect the chain of command”“Support the boss”“Make budget”*Fortune, article on “Most Admired Global Corporations”

The greatest dangerfor most of usis not that our aim istoo highand we miss it,but that it istoo lowand we reach it.Michelangelo
2010 demographics by 2010 full time workers will be in the minority source mit study 28august2000
2010 “Demographics”:By 2010, full-time workers will be in the minoritySource: MIT study (28August2000)

New World of Work< 1 in 10 F500#1: Manpower Inc.Freelancers/I.C.: 16M-25MTemps: 3M (incl. CEOs & lawyers)Microbusinesses: 12M-27MTotal: 31M-55MSource: Daniel Pink, Free Agent Nation


“If there is nothing very special about your work, no matter how hard you apply yourself, you won’t get noticed, and that increasingly means you won’t get paid much either.”Michael Goldhaber, Wired

you are the storyteller of your own life and you can create your own legend or not isabel allende
“You are the storyteller of your own life, and you can create your own legend or not.”Isabel Allende
when was the last time you asked what do i want to be sara ann friedman work matters
“When was the last time you asked, ‘What do I want to be?’” Sara Ann Friedman, Work Matters

“I am an American, Chicago born, and go at things as I have taught myself, free-style, and will make the record in my own way.”Saul Bellow, The Adventures of Augie March


“The time seems appropriate to rethink the notions of self and identity in this rapidly changing age …”Tara Lemmey, Project LENS, past president Electronic Frontier Foundation


“My work is a series of projects. My life is a series of moves. What can I connect to? My community.” Carnegie Mellon student [Fast Company]

Some people enjoy the corporate life.Then again, some people enjoy nipple clamps.Source: Ad tag line,

Message: This is an impact issue. Designers: Attach yourself to HR. Enhance the value of the Talent Pool by helping others with designing …“Brand You.”


“When land was the productive resource, nations battled over it. The same is happening now for talented people.”Stan Davis & Christopher Meyer, futureWEALTH


“Seller’s Market”: Tomorrow’s Headline*“Molecular biologists are up 3 points, economists down 1/4, in moderate trading”*futureWEALTH, Stan Davis and Christopher Meyer


“The leaders of Great Groups love talent and know where to find it. They revel in the talent of others.”Warren Bennis & Patricia Ward Biederman, Organizing Genius


“Diversity defines the health and wealth of nations in a new century. Mighty is the mongrel. … The hybrid is hip. The impure, the mélange, the adulterated, the blemished, the rough, the black-and-blue, the mix-and-match – these people are inheriting the earth. Mixing is the new norm. Mixing trumps isolation. It spawns creativity, nourishes the human spirit, spurs economic growth and empowers nations.”G. Pascal Zachary, The Global Me: New Cosmopolitans and the Competitive Edge


The Cracked Ones Let in the Light“Our business needs a massive transfusion of talent, and talent, I believe, is most likely to be found among non-conformists, dissenters and rebels.”David Ogilvy

Message: Design - writ large, as the Mother of Passion – dramatically affects the all important“Great Place to Work”value proposition.

Women’s Strengths: link [rather than rank] workers; favor interactive-collaborative leadership style [empowerment > top-down decision making]; sustain fruitful collaborations; comfortable with sharing information; see redistribution of power as victory, not surrender; favor multi-dimensional feedback; value interpersonal & technical skills, group & individual contributions equally; readily accept ambiguity; honor intuition as well as pure “rationality”; inherently flexible; appreciate cultural diversitySource: Judy B. Rosener, America’s Competitive Secret


“AS LEADERS, WOMEN RULE: New Studies find that female managers outshine their male counterparts on almost every measure”Title, Special Report, Business Week, 11.20.00

“Tomorrow belongs to women.”Helen Fisher, The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World
“Would Congress [the Boardroom] be a different place if half the members were women?”From Sex and Power, Susan Estrich
Message: Put women in charge! Watch the newly important “new economy” stuff rise to the top of the strategic agenda!

Jane Jacobs:Exuberant Varietyvs. the Great Blight of Dullness.F.A. Hayek:Spontaneous Discovery.Joseph Schumpeter:theGales of Creative Destruction.


Saviors-in-WaitingDisgruntled CustomersFringe CompetitorsRogue EmployeesEdge SuppliersWayne Burkan, Wide Angle Vision: Beat the Competition by Focusing on Fringe Competitors, Lost Customers, and Rogue Employees


“Enormous sums of money are invested to reduce cycle time, improve quality, reengineer … Much of this money is simply wasted. The waste is due to companies’ inability to develop wide-angle vision and tap into the … power of the edge.”Wayne Burkan, Wide Angle Vision: Beat the Competition by Focusing on Fringe Competitors, Lost Customers, and Rogue Employees


Fighter Pilots … Snipers … Secret Service Agents:“Splatter Vision”[don’t become too focused]Wayne Burkan, Wide Angle Vision: Beat the Competition by Focusing on Fringe Competitors, Lost Customers, and Rogue Employees


Message: (1) Make sure you’re hangin’ with Cool Dudes. (2) Designers ought to stick their noses [and every other body part] into everyone’s business! “Design sensibility” rules … everything!


Progressive“We don’t sell insurance anymore.We sell speed.”– Peter LewisDigital cameras, wireless Net links, etc.:SOME CLAIMS PAID WITHIN 20 MINUTES!Source: Business Week (09.00)

first steps beauty contest
First Steps: “Beauty Contest”!
  • Select one form/document: invoice, air bill, sick leave policy, customer returns-claim form
  • Rate the selected doc on a scale of 1 to 10 [1 = Bureaucratica Obscuranta/ Sucks; 10 = Work of Art] on three dimensions: Beauty, Grace, Clarity
  • Re-invent!
  • Repeat, with a new selection, every 15 working days.

?????????Home Furnishings … 94%Vacations … 92%Houses … 91%Consumer Electronics … 51% Cars … 60% (90%)All Consumer Purchases … 83%Bank Account … 89%Health Care … 80%

48% working wives > 50%80% checks61% bills53% stock (mutual fund boom)43% > $500K95% financial decisions/ 29% single handed

Women …50+%(!!!) of Web users; 6 of 10 new users; 83% of wired women are primary decision makers for family healthcare, finances, education.Source: Business Week; Jupiter Communications


Carol Gilligan/ In a Different VoiceMen: Get away from authority, familyWomen:ConnectMen: Self-orientedWomen:Other-orientedMen: RightsWomen:Responsibilities


FemaleThink/ Popcorn“Men and women don’t think the same way, don’t communicate the same way, don’t buy for the same reasons.”“He simply wants the transaction to take place. She’s interested in creating a relationship. Every place women go, they make connections.”


[“Men seem like loose cannons. Men always move faster through a store’s aisles. Men spend less time looking. They usually don’t like asking where things are. You’ll see a man move impatiently through a store to the section he wants, pick something up, and then, almost abruptly he’s ready to buy. … For a man, ignoring the price tag is almost a sign of virility.”Paco Underhill, Why We Buy*(*Buy this book!)]


Women and HealthcareWomen are … more dissatisfied, frustrated by the way they are treatedand spoken down toby physicians, seek more information, are more pressed for time … and make 75% of health care decisions and control 2/3 of health care $$$$ [and constitute 2/3 of health care employees].Source: Patricia Braus, Marketing Healthcare to Women


Women and Financial AdvisorsWomen want … a plan, to be listened to,to be taken seriously, to read about it, to think about it.Women do not want … an in-your-face sales pitchSource: Kathleen Boyle, Wheat Boyle Butcher Singer


“Women Beat Men at Art of Investing”Source: Miami Herald, reporting on a study by Profs. Terrance Odean and Brad Barber, UC Davis(Cause: Guys are “in and out” of stocks more often; women choose carefully and hold on for the long term)


JBQ: Stop Treating Women Investors Like Idiots!“Why all this focus on women and our lack of investment guts? A far greater problem, it seems to me, is trigger-happy speculation, mostly by men. The kind of guys whose family savings went south with the dot-coms. Imagine a list of their money mistakes: Shoot from the hip. Overtrade their accounts. Believe they’re smarter than the market. Think with their mouse rather than their brain. Praise their own genius when stocks go up. Hide their mistakes from their wives.”Source: Newsweek 01.08.01


Marketing to Women: Help Them Save Time!80% … work86% … cook58% … run errands with kids38% … take child to school21% … go to the gym21% … take outside classes


E.g.: Genetically Altered FoodWould eat: M, 71%; F, 50%Give to children: M,59%; F,37%Pay more for non-altered: M,35%; F, 47%Source: & USA Today

eveolution truth no 1 connecting your female consumers to each other connects them to your brand
EVEolution: Truth No. 1Connecting Your Female Consumers to Each Other Connects Them to Your Brand

“The ‘Connection Proclivity’ in women starts early. When asked, ‘How was school today?’ a girl usually tells her mother every detail of what happened, while a boy might grunt, ‘Fine.’ ”EVEolution


[“The Hollywood scripts that men write tend to be direct and linear, while women’s compositions have many conflicts, many climaxes, and many endings.”Helen Fisher, The First Sex: The Natural Talents of Women and How They Are Changing the World]


“Women speak and hear a language of connection and intimacy, and men speak and hear a language of status and independence. Men communicate to obtain information,establish their status, and show independence. Women communicate to create relationships, encourage interaction, and exchange feelings.”Judy Rosener, America’s Competitive Secret


Men & women on ambiguous problem [no answer]: MEN: quickly arrive at “right answer” WOMEN: longer time, multiple options in “if, then” formSource: Judy Rosener, America’s Competitive Secret


Weight Watchers International “Model”“What if ExxonMobil or Shell dipped into their credit card database to help commuting women interview and make a choice of car pool partners?”“What if American Express made a concerted effort to connect up female empty-nesters through on-line and off-line programs, geared to help women re-enter the workforce with today’s skills?”EVEolution


The New New Jiffy Lube“In the male mold, Jiffy Lube wasgoing all out to deliver quick, efficient service. But, in the female mold, women were being turned off by the ‘let’s get it fixed fast, no conversation required’ experience.”New JL: “Control over her environment. Comfortin the service setting. Trust that her car is being serviced properly. Respectfor her intelligence and ability.”EVEolution


STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY: I am a businessperson. An analyst. A pragmatist. The enormous social good of increased women’s power is clear to me; but it is not my bailiwick. My “game” is haranguing business leaders about my fact-based conviction thatwomen’s increasing power – leadership skills and purchasing power – is the strongest and most dynamic force at work in the American economy today. Dare I say it as a long-time Palo Altan … THIS IS EVEN BIGGER THAN THE INTERNET!Tom Peters


27 March 2000: email to TP from Shelley Rae Norbeck “I make 1/3rd more money than my husband does. I have as much financial ‘pull’ in the relationship as he does. I’d say this is also true of most of my women friends. Someone should wake up, smell the coffee and kiss our asses long enough to sell us something! We have money to spend and nobody wants it!”


“We are in the twilight of a society based on data. As information and intelligence become the domain of computers, society will place more value on the one human ability that cannot be automated: emotion. Imagination, myth, ritual - the language of emotion - will affect everything from our purchasing decisions to how we work with others.Companies will thrive on the basis of their stories and myths.Companies will need to understand that their products are less important than their stories.”Rolf Jensen, Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies


“Products from the major competing companies around the world will become increasingly similar. Inevitably this means that the whole of a company’s personality, its identity will become the most significant factor in making a choice between one company and its products and another.”Wally Olins, Corporate Identity


“Young people entering the labor market already have two televisions, the latest mobile phone, a car and a wardrobe full of clothes. No matter how important material values may be, there is more to life – the employee of the future is seeking meaning and value. I am convinced that this change in attitudes will be the strongest driving force in the markets of the future. Moving from the physical to the metaphysical world entails moving from the product-oriented economy to a new Value Economy. The most important thing a company offers will be the Value your products convey to the customer. People will seek out brands that fulfill new and growing needs. We will demand the unique, because, on the physical level, we can have anything we want. This, for most companies, will demand a dramatic change in thinking..”Jesper Kunde, A Unique Moment


“Most executives have no idea how to add value to a market in the metaphysical world. But that is what the market will cry out for in the future. There is no lack of ‘physical’ products to choose between.”Jesper Kunde, A Unique Moment [on the excellence of Nokia, Nike, Lego, Virgin et al.]


“Most companies tend to equate branding with the company’s marketing. Design a new marketing campaign and, voila, you’re on course. They are wrong. The task is much bigger. It is about fulfilling our potential … not about a new logo, no matter how clever. WHAT IS MY MISSION IN LIFE?WHAT DO I WANT TO CONVEY TO PEOPLE?HOW DO I MAKE SURE THAT WHAT I HAVE TO OFFER THE WORLD IS ACTUALLY UNIQUE? The brand has to give of itself, the company has to give of itself, the management has to give of itself. To put it bluntly, it is a matter of whether – or not – you want to be … UNIQUE … NOW.”Jesper Kunde, A Unique Moment


Client: “We’re not like Nike! We sell paper clips , 9mm bolts, who can be bothered?”JK: “The whole world can be bothered if you brand them well. Nike does not actually sell shoes.Nike sells the experience of using Nikes, the feeling of being a winner.And they condense the message into just three words: Just Do It! It is a question of being the only one, of offering the market something unique.”Source: Jesper Kunde, The Unique Moment


“You can’t survive floating on the tide, assessing the competition, conducting surveys to find out what your customers want right now. What do you want? What do you want to tell the world in the future? What does your company have that will enrichtheworld? You must believe in that ‘it’ strongly enough to become unique at what you do.”Jesper Kunde, The Unique Moment


“Customers will follow the brand into new product categories … as long as the brand lives up to its values. That’s why I think value positions will separate the winners from the losers.”Jesper Kunde, The Unique Moment


Brand = You Must Care!“Success means never letting the competition define you. Instead you have to define yourself based on a point of view you care deeply about.”Tom Chappell, Tom’s of Maine


Message: THIS IS THE BIG ENCHILADA. Case logic: (1) Brand is it. (2) Brand = Emotional reaction. (3) Design is THE KEY to emotional reaction.(4) Designers are “the key” to the strategic success of the enterprise. [If they’d only flick the chip off their collective shoulders.]


Brand Leadership!“A key – perhaps the key – to leadership isthe effective communication of a story.”Howard GardnerLeading Minds: An Anatomy of Leadership


“Create a Cause, not a ‘business.’ ”Gary Hamel, Fortune (06.00), on re-inventing a company to survive in the ’00s (Exemplar #1: Charles Schwab)

Message: Designers – appropriately considered – are the script writers for The Compelling Story called OurCompanyMattersBecause …