Brands In Memoriam 2012


I invite those dear friends who offered their suggestions to include them in the comments below—as well as anyone else who can see what is certain to end badly—as internal politics and stagnating ideas cause those who should know better to obscure the mandate of leadership.

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Here is the text that appeared in the Wall Street Journal, October 25, 2012 , reprinted for convenience: “Policy makers should acknowledge that our growing debt is a serious threat to the economic well-being and security of the United States. Demand leadership, demand shared vision.

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Debate Takeaways Tallied Tactfully


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Our Real Work Begins


In the workshop I teach on executive leadership, I spend a lot of time talking about how business is well advised to be pragmatic. It has been over a week now since our Presidential Election, a good time to reflect.

Leadership Lessons of R.A. Dickey

Bill Fischer

Image credit: Getty Images North America via @daylife) We live in a time of great leadership deficit. So, how odd to find a compelling leadership presence in full-bloom on Dickey on the mound. Our economies are adrift and our corporations rudderless. Politicians, worldwide, have largely proven unequal the task.

Nixon and Mao: When Leadership Changed the Game

Bill Fischer

President Nixon meets Chairman Mao Image via Wikipedia "So many deeds cry out to be done, and always urgently. The world rolls on. Time passes. Ten thousand years are too long. Seize the day, seize the hour." The words are by Mao Zedong, founder of the Peoples' Republic of China; the

Beware the Idle Question


Business Innovation Leadership Theater CEO eBay Hamlet Shakespeare Tom Stoppard transformationIn his absurdist play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead , playwright Tom Stoppard invents any number of ways for the courtiers to pass the time while Hamlet comes and goes: Rosencrantz : Do you want to play questions? Guildenstern : How do you play that? Rosencrantz : You have to ask a question. Guildenstern : Statement. One – Love. Rosencrantz : Cheating. Guildenstern : How?

Lady Gaga takes innovation to avant-garde levels

Innovation 360 Group

What is not as simple to copy is the DNA of a company, the inner mechanism, viewpoint, leadership, culture, personalities, knowledge, skills, relations, locality, creativity and working methods. How offers become almost impossible to copy. WHAT ARE YOU SELLING? By understanding what you are actually selling, you can find your unique abilities and become sustainably competitive.

I.N.N.O.V.A.T.I.O.N : Creating a Culture of Innovation

Robert Brands

It requires a culture and desire to deliver that needs to be nurtured and reinforced by its leadership and a backed by a structured process approach. Innovation in business is the development of new customer value through solutions that meet new needs, inarticulate needs, or current needs in new ways. Innovation in and of itself is the key to a company’s survival. It is the lifeblood of a company. That said, innovation is not always easy, and it does not come by itself.

The Nuclear Way: Submarine Leadership Challenges


How would you adjust to transferring from a self contained organization with a command and control leadership style to one with a distributed leadership style? This is where the shift in leadership style from command and control to distributive pays off. DISTRIBUTED LEADERSHIP.

Listen to Employees When Evaluating Leadership

Adam Hartung

Office Max appeared on the list (#5) in 2012, and was acquired by Office Depot 8 months later. And, of course, Radio Shack made the list in 2012 (#3,) 2013 (#5) and 2014 (#11) only to file bankruptcy in 2015. In 2012 the stock rose from $54 to $66, yet appeared #2 on the list.

5 Behaviours to Lead Successful Change

Innovation Excellence

According to a 2012 McKinsey study, 17% of change projects conclude so disastrously. Change Leadership behavior changeJust how do leaders energise their people to embrace change? The need for change is constant in a constantly changing business environment.

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5 Leadership Lessons from 2015’s Business Headlines

Adam Hartung

But there are 5 major leadership themes from 2015 that can help companies be better in 2016: 1 – Cost cutting, restructurings and stock buybacks do not increase company value – Dow/DuPont. Let’s hope for better leadership in 2016.

Why We Are Entering A New Innovation Era.

Paul Hobcraft

Posted on November 9, 2012. Posted on July 30, 2012. The period of 2012 to 2014 was a far from quiet time. Credit: Acacia Communications.

Are Your Leaders Ready for the Gen-Z Workforce?


Born between 1997 and 2012 , the oldest members of Generation Z are already graduating from college and entering the workforce. Business Leadership

So What Exactly Should Kodak Have Done?

Destination Innovation

Yet in 2012 it filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy – laid low by the switch from film based photography to digital photography. Innovation Examples & Lessons Leadership of Innovation camera clayton christensen digital photography diversify eastman kodak strategy

Want To Be a Great Leader? Erase This Sentence From Your Vocabulary


— Whitney Johnson (@johnsonwhitney) October 3, 2012. Leadership begins when you take ownership of outcomes. entrepreneurship Greatness LeadershipHow many times have you heard someone say something like “it’s not my fault, this or that happened”? I hear it everyday, and you do too. I have a very close friend who I nicknamed “The King of Excuses”, because he always has an excuse for anything.

Keeping Up is a Fool’s Game

Daniel Burrus

By the time Netflix reinvented itself as a content creator in 2012, the majority of its content was consumed online – including on tablets and phones, which didn’t even exist when the company began. Many business consultants agree that benchmarking is imperative to strategic planning.

If You Can’t Out-Think, Out-Care


The problem is the internal components no longer exist because my laptop is a late 2012 model of the HP 15 Envy. Customer Service entrepreneurship Leadership customer experience customer service Innovation


The Future Shapers

What does it say for us as a business and as a leadership team? Well now we are on familiar ground because change and strategy are fundamental elements of leadership. 33% of leaders say they are unclear about their innovation leadership responsibilities [9]. 6] Accenture 2012.

The Top 5 Workplace-Productivity Killers


A 2012 survey conducted by the McKinsey Global Institute found that next to “role-specific tasks,” email is the second-most time-consuming activity for workers. Business Leadership Performance

Nine Short Innovation Lessons from Lego

Destination Innovation

In 2012 Lego launched ‘Lego Friends’ with a more realistic ‘mini-doll’ Sales to girls tripled. Five Sustainable Innovation Practices that saved Lego – Leadership Network.

Strategic Planning in a Dancing Landscape


Consider a company that had an international expansion plan in 2012. Strategic planning is more essential, but leadership has to consider it differently using a Complexity Lens. First, leadership creates alignment by defining the organization’s purpose.

16 Creative Thinking Questions from the Most Innovative Companies


How is our leadership removing distractions to innovation (instead of creating them)? Which creative thinking questions from the most innovative companies will you take to your next leadership team meeting to focus the conversation on your own brand’s innovation strategy? – Mike Brown.

New Humanism


If purpose is true and impactful, it shows up in the actions of the leadership and the staff in real and very practical ways. 2012). Generals vs. Conductors – the Evolution of Leadership. Strategic Transformation Leadership Responsive Org

Innovation the Hybrid Way

The Future Shapers

At the heart of entrepreneurial leadership for new growth lie opportunities: discovering and seizing them through innovative offerings, business models, and revenue models. In 2012, the company aimed in six years to boost its revenues from €2.4 Innovation Innovation Leadership LeadershipIt used to be that companies looking for substantial growth could comfortably rely on one or two dominant innovation frameworks to guide their work, such as the stage-gate process.

Innovation – My Journey

The Future Shapers

WordPress started in November 2012, followed by OKCupid in 2013. Culture Change Open Innovation Thought Leadership“The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all what the world needs most are dreamers that do.”. Sarah Ban Breathnach. Innovation in my thoughts is nothing but thinking about the unthinkable, its the realization of a dream and making it possible, it is simplification using science, AI and creativity.

Guest Blog – Innovation is a Company Wide Responsibility


Her other books include the Shingo Research Award-winning book The Mastery of Innovation: A Field Guide to Lean Product Development (2012) and The Shortest Distance Between You and Your New Product: How Innovators Use Rapid Learning Cycles to Get Their Best Ideas to Market Faster (2017). Culture blog Business collaboration corporate learning creativity Culture Digital Age disruptive innovation Innovation innovation culture innovation leadership innovative teams teaming innovation

Can Netflix Double Pivot to Be a Media Game Changer?

Adam Hartung

By the end of 2012 CD shipments were dropping precipitously as streaming viewership was exploding. Netflix has been a remarkable company. Because it has accomplished something almost no company has ever done. It changed its business model, leading to new growth and higher profits.

Hatem Azzam, DBA

Innovation 360

Hatem Azzam is a Serial Entrepreneur and International Business Veteran, Management and Business Development Consultant, and Executive Leadership Coach. Residing now in Switzerland, he is focusing on his consultancy work as Executive Leadership Coach, Strategy & innovation, and international business development. . Executive Coaching & Leadership Development. MBA in International Business, ESLSCA Business School, Paris, France, 2012.

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Ezassi Appoints Denise Fletcher as New Chief Innovation Officer


In 2012, she was named one of the most powerful and influential women in Connecticut by the National Diversity Award Council. New Chief Innovation Officer Signals Bright Future for Ezassi.

Starbucks and JPMorganChase Pay Raises – Just Following Trends

Adam Hartung

Let’s compare that to a few other costs at JPMC: May, 2012 a $2B of losses on bad trades from its London trading desk. August, 2012 a $1.2B This week Starbucks and JPMorganChase announced they were raising the minimum pay of many hourly employees.

CEO Tenure: What's the Evidence Indicate?

Michael Roberto

Xueming Luo, a professor at Temple University’s Fox School of Business and one of the authors of a widely cited 2012 study, said CEOs are most effective in the initial years because they are more open to outside opinions and less risk-averse. CEO tenure leadershipJohn Stoll has published an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about CEO tenure. He describes academic research by Xueming Luo, Vamsi K. Kanuri, and Michelle Andrews.

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11 Paradoxes of Entrepreneurial Thinking: why entrepreneurship can hardly be taught

Open Innovation EU

And for that reason it has become an integral criteria in many prescriptive regulations for (higher) education and in increasing numbers also explicitly and implicitly part of curricula (Saavedra & Opfer, 2012). 2012). 2012). 2012). Introduction.

Great to Good Innovation


Jack Ma (2000), Jeff Bezos (2003), Mark Zuckerberg (2004), Reed Hastings (2007), Brian Chesky (2008), Travis Kalanick (2009), Anthony Tan (2012). Books such as Consumptionomics (2011) by Chandran Nair and Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think (2012) by Peter H.

Trump vs. Clinton – Which Party Is Better for the Economy?

Adam Hartung

Bob contributed to my 2012 article on Democrats actually being better for the economy than Republicans, despite popular wisdom to the contrary. Donald Trump has been campaigning on how poorly America’s economy is doing. Yet, the headlines don’t seem to align with that position.

The 5 Ways Chairman Lampert Destroyed Sears’ Value

Adam Hartung

Through case analysis the good professor taught us that leadership could make decisions that increased company valuation. In May, 2012 I wrote that Mr. Lampert was the 2nd worst CEO in America and should fire himself.

Management Innovation:  Busting Bureaucracy


San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass, 2012. bureaucracy conformance disaggregation hierarchy innovation innovators leadership management management innovation meritocracy performance specializationManagement Innovation.

Poor Microsoft – How Good Decisions, Made Too Late, Bode Poorly for the Future

Adam Hartung

The PC market has been steadily shrinking since 2012. But by October, 2012 it was clear the design had so many trade-offs that it was destined to be an Edsel-like flop – a compromised product unable to please anyone.

The 10 Telltale Signs of Future Troubles for WalMart

Adam Hartung

4 – In April, 2012 WalMart found itself mired in a scandal regarding bribing Mexican government officials in its effort to grow sales. Walmart announced quarterly financial results last week, and they were not good.

Culture of Innovation Video and Case Study: Cambia Health Solutions Transforms the Health Care Landscape Through Innovation

Planview Spigit

The video features the collaboration between the Women’s Employee Leadership Lab (WELL) and Cambia’s Innovation Force (IF) to advance idea development as a new format for professional mentoring, demonstrating the strong connection between innovation, diversity, and inclusion. ?.

Adapt or die: lessons from 5 companies that failed to innovate

Idea Drop

They filed for bankruptcy in 2012. The leadership team had such confidence in the importance of their shop floor experience that they couldn’t understand why anyone would ever opt for a cheaper product.

How can We Encourage Experimentation and Risk Taking Among Our Employees

Rmukesh Gupta

Dave Burgess, author of Teach Like a Pirate (2012) asks this great metaphorical question about whether or not you are walking the talk. 1000Entrepreneurs Entrepreneurship Leadership Coaching for risk taking Coaching to encourage experimentation Designing experiments Experiments that teach how to encourage risk taking Role of leaders in encouraging risk taking among their employees SMART Risks What are SMART Experiments