Whenever I visit the local Whole Foods market in Bend, I get a craving for junk food.
When I walk into the store, I am immediately surrounded by 500 square feet of sugary snacks, pastries, and candy. Wine and sugar are my two vices, so this is not good.
Instead of viewing the company as a whole foods emporium, I want to call them "Hell Foods." Given their recent financial performance and new competitors (Trader Joe's, Costco, and Target), is it possible that their strategic growth and positioning has run amok?
I believe they have. That's why I was relieved to see John Mackey's quote in Friday's Wall Street Journal:. We can all learn some strategy and leadership lessons from his announcements: