What differentiates a company on the rise from one on the decline? Is it strategy? Technology? Capitalization? Marketing?
I submit it’s none of these things. I’ve worked at companies on the rise. I’ve worked at companies on the decline. I’ve worked at companies that have managed to do a full U-turn from one category to the other while I’ve worked there. And in my experience (and that of my talkative friends), there’s one thing about a company that is the single best indicator of its success:
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