Two very contests were held recently that may shatter your worldview:
In an international wine competition, Nyetimber’s Classic Cuvée 2003 produced in Sussex, Enguhland beat out French Champagnes in the Sparkling Wine Category. Keep in mind this was a blind taste test done by winemakers, oenologists, sommeliers, and journalists. More here.
On its own, I wouldn’t have posted that as news, had it not been for the headline I read earlier in the week that a Taiwanese Whisky — Kavalan — won a blind taste test in England that was organized to celebrate Scotland’s Burn Night festivities. Ouch. More here.
We’re living in a global marketplace, and the days of thriving based solely on historical reputation are over; the product must still be superior. And even if it’s superior in any given year, or for ten years running, one must innovate even if it’s only to ensure that no innovation is required. While some may heed the business advice of a Michael Porter, Geoffrey Moore, or Jack Welch, I always remember the words of Big Tom Callahan from Tommy Boy: "You’re either growin’ or you’re dyin’ — there ain’t no third direction."