Essay about Tipping Point

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Tipping Point Discussion Questions Introduction 1) What was the point Gladwell makes with the Hush Puppy story? Hush Puppy is a kind of classic American shoes which were considered to be old fashioned in 1994. However, because no one would wear Hush Puppy in that age, this kind of shoes became so unique and catch some fashion designer’s attention, and then Hush Puppy became popular again. Hush Puppy story is an example of epidemics in action, through this story, Gladwell demonstrated the contagious behavior. 2) List the principles of change and epidemics. 1. Contagiousness 2. Little causes have big effects 3. Change happens at one point, not gradually – tipping point 3) Talk about critical mass and boiling point.…show more content…
In Lexington’s case, rumors stimulated people to start the War of Independence. 4) How would you relate “the law of the few” to a transition management team? If there is going to be a major change in a company, the transition management team may use the 20/80 principle. If the team public all the rule to all employees, some employees may resist those changes and causes whistleblower issues. Under 20/80 principles, the team may let about 20% of employees to work with the new rules and affect the rest employees to accept those new rules. 5) How would you relate “stickiness factor” to the 4 P’s in Managing Transitions? “4P” means Product, price, place and promotion. Stickiness factors can build great brand awareness for a company through making customers remember the feature of a product and the company’s advantage in “4P”. 6) How would you tie good or bad economic times to “the power of context”? Human behavior is sensitive to and strongly influenced by its environment. When the economy starts recession, manufactures would shrink the volume of production, investor will invest less and people will spend less money on new products, and as the result, which would causes the economy become worse. And on the other hand, good economy leads people to buy more. 7) What is the

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