Big Data: What’s Your Plan?

Big Data: What’s Your Plan? The payoff from joining the big-data and advanced-analytics management revolution is no longer in doubt. The tally of successful case studies continues to build, reinforcing broader research suggesting that when companies inject data and analytics deep into their operations, they can deliver productivity and profit gains that are 5 to…

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China’s Economy – Will China Slow Down?

China’s Economy – Will China Slow Down? In the popular imagination, China’s economy is often viewed as a lopsided three-horse chariot: exports and investment are steroid-fed giants, while consumption is a dwarf, perhaps intentionally stunted by government policy. But there are a few things wrong with this image. While China does need to adjust to…

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Bank of Thailand Chief calls for proactive strategy by financial firms

Bank of Thailand Chief calls for proactive strategy by financial firms The governor of the Bank of Thailand has urged financial institutions to adopt a proactive business strategy while the government plays a role in drawing the financial landscape for more international competitiveness amid Thailand’s real economic structural adjustments and rising competition in the financial…

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Rock-Solid Business Strategy Helps Tech Products Glow

To get that nugget of a business idea to shine, etch a sharp strategy around it. How leading-edge tech firms apply polish.  What if communicating via video were as reliable and natural as picking up the phone? That’s what Yorktel has been perfecting for 26 years. “We were way ahead of the curve,” said Michael…

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Social Entrepreneurs – Meet Your New R&D Team

The smartest minds in social innovation are increasingly committed to engaging with the private sector to make significant changes in areas like health, education, and poverty. As Steve Davis, former lead in McKinsey’s Social Innovation practice and president of the global health NGO, Path, has said: “The best social innovations are not necessarily widely adopted.…

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What is Business Strategy?

What is Business Strategy? March 4, 2013 – Ever wonder what is business strategy? Business strategy is a process by which we determine the answers to two questions, and then craft a plan to achieve desires results. The two questions are: These questions are generally framed as goals and objectives, while the action plan that supports…

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Identify the Best Customers for Your Business

Identify the Best Customers for Your Business – and  Increase Your Chance of Success. Highlights by [googleplusauthor].  From 2000 – 2010 less than half of U.S. startups lasted more than 3 years.  Fewer than 6% of companies in a sample reached more than $10 million in revenue by 2010.   What are the core reasons?…

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The Seven Stages of Small Business Success

The Seven Stages of Small Business Success With 28 million small businesses in the U.S., it’s hard to be a member of planet earth and not have a personal connection to small business. Small businesses play a critical role in the economy, making them a hot topic of discussion. What’s the problem if everyone is talking…

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Your Brain Is Hooked on Being Right

Your Brain Is Hooked on Being Right I’m sure it’s happened to you: You’re in a tense team meeting trying to defend your position on a big project and start to feel yourself losing ground. Your voice gets louder. You talk over one of your colleagues and correct his point of view. He pushes back,…

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Strategy Is All About Practice

Strategy Is All About Practice I have never seen anybody become good at strategy without practice. It may happen, but I have never seen it. I doubt that I will see it, because strategy is a discipline. Like any discipline, you have to believe in it and work at it to become skilled; both mindset…

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