I am fascinated by how companies of all shapes, sizes, and orientations choose to capitalize on their efforts to stand out in the market and serve customers. It is exactly when a company asks its customers to reach into their pockets that ineffective practices creep in and value regrettably “leaks out” of commerce.

In my experience, business leaders apply the wrong logic when tackling the “making money” challenge. For one, they fail to think strategically about the problem. Rather, you witness collections of tactics held together by questionable assumptions and crude heuristics that, by shunning customers and obsessing over just about everything else, put financial and brand health at risk.

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Speech topics

My teaching builds on one critical premise: a business cannot improve its ability to earn revenue from customers unless its decisions are guided by customers—what they value, why they value it, when and how they value it, and so on. This logic is intuitive, yet seldom put into practice. In fact, most of the organizations I have had the pleasure to study or advise want to keep things safe and simple, but in so doing neglect that customers ultimately mark the commercial opportunity. A business that sets prices with a poor grasp of the opportunity it faces is bound to make suboptimal decisions.

Work with companies

I engage with practice in several ways. By far the most common formula is work tailored to the specific need of the business—a keynote speech at a conference or important gathering, a private workshop, or a consulting project where I act as an independent advisor. However, I also run open executive education programmes on behalf of academic institutions, including of course at Esade. Finally, I am constantly on the lookout for collaborations slanted toward research (whether this be a formal academic study or, say, a case study).

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