October 24, 2013

Cale and Blues

Blues is the name given to a musical form [...] that originated in African-American communities [...] of the United States around the end of the 19th century. (It) is a cyclic form in which a repeating progression of chords mirrors the call and response scheme commonly found in African [...] music.

John Weldon Cale, who died on July 26, 2013, was a Grammy Award-winning American singer, songwriter and musician. Cale was one of the originators of the Tulsa Sound, a loose genre drawing among others on Blues influences. (Source: Wikipedia)

Also in the business world there are formats like the Blues. They are called Business Models. Like Cale in music, business owners and leaders develop their own models usually after reviewing the most common and successful ones applied in the business world. Or do they? Usually not. :-)

As we take companies to the market we are interested to look at their business models. We ask detailed questions like a potential purchaser would do. It is not rare that we face a multiple facade model, parts of which have to go through an “updating” process before our client faces the potential buyers.

It will not cost you anything in music if the format does not fit you. You turn it off. It is a bit more costly in business: If a potential partner does not like your business model, chances are that you do not have a company to sell.

If you want to listen to one of the early recordings of Cale, please click here.

Song of the week: The Animals – Please Don´t Let Me Be Misunderstood (1965)

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