• About Tom Dougherty

    Tom Dougherty CEO, Stealing Share

    Tom Dougherty is the President and CEO of Stealing Share, Inc., and has helped national and global brands such as Lexus, IKEA and Tide steal market share over his 25-year career.

    An often-quoted source on business and brands, he has been featured recently by the New York Times and CNN, discussing topics ranging from television to Apple to airlines.

    Tom also regularly speaks at conferences as a keynote and break-out speaker. To find out more on inviting him to your speaking engagement and view a video of him speaking, click here.

    You can also reach him via email attomd@stealingshare.com.

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US Airways. Flight delayed but its still on time. Beam me up Scotty!

Because almost all the brands competing in the market today believe erroneously that purchase decisions are rational choices rather than emotional ones, they seek values that customers can quantify. Vineyards tout points in Wine Spectator and automobile manufactures swoon over a JD Power award. Airlines are no exception.

usairways_logoYesterday, I sat on the tarmac in a US Airways jet waiting to take off for Philadelphia to catch a connecting flight from Hartford, Conn. As we pulled away from the gate, the pilot came on the PA system and announced that air traffic control had just issued a wheels up time for our aircraft 35 minutes late because of air traffic volume over Philadelphia.158594-JD_Power1

I had a connecting flight with a just 45-minute window so this was bad news for me. The next flight out was 5 hours later. But the pilot added, “Folks, we build this delay into our schedule and you should arrive just 5 minutes late.”

A sigh of relief was audible throughout the jet as we all digested another “on-time” arrival for US Air!

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