The Ad Contrarian: Success Is Never Final

Ron Johnson’s success at Apple couldn’t transfer over at JC Penny. But if Ron Johnson can’t do it, who can?

Winston Churchill came as close as any one individual ever came to saving the world. Without him, the Nazis and their pals might very well have won WW II. He was hailed as a hero. But was promptly evicted from office when his party lost the elections in 1945.

But Churchill was a realist. He said, “Success is never final.”

The point is this — you never know. You think you know, but you don’t. How else can you explain the astounding failure of Ron Johnson as ceo of JCPenney?