When we spoke to Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya in 2011, he told us he attributed the company's astronomical success to its ability to "let customers define what Chobani was." The maker of Greek-style strained yogurt, #40 on our list of the 50 Most Innovative Companies of 2012, proved the underdog could muscle its way to the top of an industry long dominated by billion-dollar brands such as Yoplait and Dannon.
When visiting the site of the London Olympics recently, I made a mistake that's not unusual for project managers and leaders at all levels: passing judgment on the status of a project based on a low-level, up-close perspective.
Entering an Ikea store feels like crossing the border of a meticulously decorated, vaguely Scandinavian country. But what if the principles of an Ikea store were actually used to build a real-life development?
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games showed off its new prototype for the 2012 Olympics torch yesterday, and it’s straight-up blingasmic. A sparkling, perforated gold metallic tube, it’d look right at home on Kanye’s mantel — all the more so because it is shaped, as one writer suggests, like a giant spliff.