Disruptive Innovations – Trends to Watch in 2013

Disruptive Innovations – Trends to Watch in 2013 A generation ago, incumbents that struggled to respond to disruptive innovations had an excuse. The pattern that simple, convenient, low-priced solutions would grow from humble beginnings to create and transform industries had not yet been identified. Managers at companies like General Motors, Sears, and Eastman Kodak simply…

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Strategy – A CEO’s guide to innovation in China

Strategy – A CEO’s guide to innovation in China China is innovating. Some of its achievements are visible: a doubling of the global percentage of patents granted to Chinese inventors since 2005, for example, and the growing role of Chinese companies in the wind- and solar-power industries. Other developments—such as advances by local companies in…

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Strategy – How Strategists Lead

Strategy – How Strategists Lead A Harvard Business School professor reflects on what she has learned from senior executives about the unique value that strategic leaders can bring to their companies. Seven years ago, I changed the focus of my strategy teaching at the Harvard Business School. After instructing MBAs for most of the previous…

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The social side of strategy

The Social Side of Strategy Crowdsourcing your strategy may sound crazy. But a few pioneering companies are starting to do just that, boosting organizational alignment in the process. Should you join them? MAY 2012 • Arne Gast and Michele Zanini Source: Organization Practice , Strategy Practice In This Article Sidebar: Collaborative strategic planning: Three observations…

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Non-Monetary Rewards – McKinsey Survey

Non-Monetary Rewards – McKinsey Survey Companies around the world are cutting back their financial-incentive programs, but few have used other ways of inspiring talent. We think they should. Numerous studies have concluded that for people with satisfactory salaries, some non-financial motivators are more effective than extra cash in building long-term employee engagement in most sectors,…

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Becoming more strategic: Three tips for any executive

Becoming More Strategic: Three Tips for Any Executive “We are entering the age of the strategist. Managing the strategy journey is a powerful means of coping with today’s more volatile environment is increasing the time a company’s top team spends on strategy.” “At a good number of companies, corporate strategy has long represented the bland…

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Listening Ability

Listening Ability The author of the article below is Bernard T. Ferrari. Bernard was a surgeon, a corporate executive, and a business consultant with McKinsey. This article is both a ” joy to read ” and a “must read” – especially for executives. Many Executives Focus on How to Articulate vs.  How to Listen Indeed,…

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Leadership

Leadership and the Art of Struggle Leaders Grow through Challenge and Adversity . San Francisco: Barrett-Koehler Publishers, 2012. With some reservations this book is an excellent approach to developing individuals for leader roles. First, the Foreword by Bill George is worth reading. In it you can see more of this self-reflective individual’s development that has…

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Entrepreneur success

Entrepreneur Success Want to know the secret to explosive growth? Look to companies like Lamp Post Group for clues.   The founders of Lamp Post Group weren’t content with the success of their initial venture, logistics company Access America Transport. They wanted something more, something bigger. Apparently, they figured out how to achieve just that. In…

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Why You Should Launch Your Start-up at CES

Why You Should Launch Your Start-up at CES Why should a fledgling start-up launch at CES, where the visibility might be high–but so are the stakes? Participating in a live, interactive marketing event is essential for the success of any start-up, frankly. There’s nothing more cost-effective. As much as I am an advocate for technology, I…

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