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From Steve Barry at Forum.com: Open any book about leadership transitions and you’re likely to see a model of the various business situations executives may need to navigate when they take on a new company, initiative, or project. We’ve synthesized those many models into one that we find especially useful: we call it the Business Terrains framework.
There have been creeping indications that the magazine business isn’t really about magazines anymore. In 2010, Hearst Magazines bought iCrossing, a digital marketing agency, and the company has since christened publications that have no print version. Every day, my in-box swells with announcements that this or that glossy now has an iPad app, nearly all of them trumpeting “amazing interactive features that take you far beyond a traditional magazine experience.” Over and over we are told that a magazine is really just one vehicle for a brand that scales across platforms. But all of that is pretty small beer compared with last week’s news that Time Inc., the largest magazine publisher in the United States, would be run by Laura Lang, who was the chief executive of the digital advertising agency Digitas. Talk about your loud and clear knock on the door. That digital future we are always talking about is here.
Monday, December 5, 2011 · Topics: leadership-transitions
From NY Times: On Thursday, his first day as president and chief executive of NPR, Gary E. Knell took questions on Twitter and NPR’s “Talk of the Nation” — and he got an earful. Listeners asked him to increase programs for diverse audiences, expand online availability of NPR shows, wean the programmer off federal funds, accept donations via mobile texts, add Spanish-language pledge drives, address charges of liberal bias and increase coverage of Occupy Wall Street, secular Arab violence and “nuclear winter.” And that is just a partial list.
From LA Times: The synergy between ‘Jony’ Ive and Steve Jobs set into motion a decade of hits from the iPod to the iPad. Now Apple will be counting on Ive to deliver breakthrough designs without much input from Jobs.
Apple design chief Jonathan Ive may not be the brand name that Steve Jobs was. But the future of Apple will largely depend on his ability to continue to deliver gadgets that consumers must have.
From LA Times: To survive its late founder, Apple and Steve Jobs planned a training program in which company executives will be taught to think like him, in ‘a forum to impart that DNA to future generations.’ Key to this effort is Joel Podolny, former Yale Business School dean.