Fuck trends, Long live decisions

The following article by Roberto Estreitinho is so illuminating, and must be shared.

“To me, 2012 is going to be the year I stop giving a crap about trends and start giving a crap about decisions.

Trends and predictions explain themselves and no real value is truly added. They are ways to provide beautiful headlines (anyone here still reading those “Top 12 digital marketing predictions you can’t afford to miss” articles?).

What 2012 is going to be about to me: It’s going to be about making a damn decision for your life, and sticking with it no matter what.

Don’t predict, don’t brainstorm, don’t “I had this genius idea”. Just make a fucking decision about your life and follow your path.


Maximizing Shareholder Value Is Misleading

Every textbook of Economics told you, that the goal of a company should be to maximize shareholder value.

It is totally misleading, as said by Steve Denning.

You have two ways to raise the “Shareholder Value”: one way is to improve the real-market performance. You sell more, and earn more. The other way is to change people’s expectation about your company. If people believe you will perform well in the future, the stock price of your company will rise.

Because improving real-market performance is long-term work, and is so hard and so slowly, many managers choose to work on simply raising expectations instead.

“CEOs and their top managers have massive incentives to focus most of their attentions on the expectations market, rather than the real job of running the company producing real products and services.”

As Peter Drucker said, They forget:

“There is only one valid definition of a business purpose: to create a customer.”