4. Thinking Small
“Many a pickle makes a mickle.”Anonymous
People get annoyed when someone fusses over pennies. Even most of the phrases we have that concern pennies are filled with contempt: penny-pinching, penny-wise and pound-foolish, penny-ante, a penny for your thoughts—almost no one has a good word for the lowly cent. But it would be a mistake to overlook the penny. Some of the most innovative pricing strategies—and biggest business opportunities—of our time are, quite literally, penny-ante plays.
The experience of Muhammad Yunus is a good lesson in the value of pennies. The Bengali development economist won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for an insight he had in 1976. While a lecturer in economics at a university in Bangladesh, the American-educated ...