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Great weeks come from my significant advances in Business Ecosystem thinking and design.

Paul Hobcraft

Defining and building Interconnected Business Ecosystems This past week was a highly satisfying one. Besides different advisory, consulting, and mentoring activities, this was a week when I felt I had made some significant advances in my Interconnected Business Ecosystem Framework. It is nicely taking shape, with many parts fleshed out and described.

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11 Books That Will Make You A Better Communicator

Digital Tonto

More than a decade ago I published an article in Forbes about IBM’s Watson. With the system’s triumph, beating the best human players at Jeopardy!, everybody was wondering whether humans had a future or whether we would all be at the mercy of “our new robot overlords.” It was an exciting and confusing time. Yet […] The post 11 Books That Will Make You A Better Communicator first appeared on Digital Tonto.

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The Law of Artificial Intelligence: The 8th Law of Nature

IdeaScale

Introduction: What is innovation? Solving problems? Creating solutions? Sometimes there is no problem. Innovation is everything all around us. It is existentialism. This is why I say that innovation is nothing more than the laws of nature.

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Actively shaping the innovation future with Dynamism and Knowledge

Paul Hobcraft

Dynamics and Knowledge are essential to your future Dynamism and knowledge insights are crucial to unlock success in proactive ways. It is all about actively shaping it, to navigate the changing terrain. We do need to actively navigate the rapidly changing business landscape in multiple ways it is not just about reacting to external forces. It’s about proactively shaping the direction and actively participating in the evolution of your industry, your positioning and your own insights.

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Scan to Success: How to Leverage QR Codes for Offline and Online Marketing Power

Speaker: Corey Daugherty, Head of Business Development at Flowcode

Let's explore the transformative power of QR codes in bridging offline and online marketing worlds. 📲 This new webinar featuring Corey Daugherty of Flowcode will dive into how innovative QR technology not only enhances traditional marketing strategies, but also drives meaningful customer engagement and analytics. Register today to gain practical knowledge on using QR codes to increase conversion rates, optimize customer journeys, and ultimately unlock a new realm of marketing potential!

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Look Out For These 3 Telltale Signs Of Transformation Theater

Digital Tonto

Genuine transformation is notoriously difficult, but transformation theater is relatively easy. There’s never any shortage of corporate hucksters, gurus and other con artists looking to sell us the change gospel, weaving visions of “burning platforms,” in a VUCA world. Many build impressive careers, moving from failed initiative to failed initiative, without ever actually accomplishing anything.

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All Business Strategies Fall into 4 Categories

Harvard Business Review

The problem with strategy frameworks is that although they can help you determine whether an opportunity is attractive or whether a given strategy is likely to work, they generally don’t help you in the task of identifying the opportunity or crafting the strategy in the first place. This article introduces a framework, built on an in-depth analysis of the creativity literature, that aims to fill that gap by providing a systematic approach to identifying potential strategies.

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Discovering Perfectly Predictable Mistakes – Before You Make Them

IdeaScale

There are no failures in Thoughtland – that mystical place where great ideas for new products and services are first born. But if you want to travel to the real world, you’ll need a different approach. 26 years ago, my co-author and I published “Discovery Driven Planning” in the Harvard Business Review.

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3 Ways to Clearly Communicate Your Company’s Strategy

Harvard Business Review

For all the communication around strategy, we know that leaders at many companies don’t provide the necessary context for employees to understand what the words and sentences in a strategy statement actually mean. What can leaders do to help employees understand enough context to understand a strategy? In this article, the authors offer three recommendations: 1) Present the alternatives considered and explain why they were not adopted. 2) Explain how each choice is linked to the organization’s p

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How to Create a Good Loyalty Program

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken What is a loyalty program? It’s a program designed to get customers to come back. That’s different than true customer loyalty, but it’s a pretty darn good start.

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How African organizations can manage the continent’s scientific brain drain

Christensen Institute

Compounding Africa’s struggles with an inadequate healthcare system, the continent is dealing with a scientific brain drain problem that demands attention. In January, Tulio de Oliveira and Cheryl Baxter published an article in Science magazine titled “Investing in Africa’s scientific future.” In it the authors described the fact that Africa currently bears a disproportionate burden of infectious diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis, and cholera, and 25% of the global disease burden, yet “Afr

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Don’t Get Left Behind: Leveraging Modern Product Management Across the Organization

Speaker: Kat Conner

The challenge of delivering the right product at the right time while aligning with strategic objectives is more pressing than ever. Product management is evolving and gaining greater recognition as the means to creating this connection. Join our upcoming webinar and learn how to streamline your product development processes, infuse product thinking across the organization, and bridge the gap between vision and delivery.

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Dynamic Adaptation and Resilience in Interconnected Business Ecosystems

Ecosystems4Innovating

The Dynamic Ecosystem within the Interconnected Business Ecosystems Business Ecosystems are the growing force to galvanize change and build a more collaborative culture, where the partners’ diversity enables solutions to be solving more complex and challenging problems we seem to be facing today. When thinking about and designing business ecosystems, you must recognize that different ecosystems contribute, evolve, and determine their part in a “bigger” scheme of things.

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Not Changing the Game Can be a Game-Changer

Stephen Shapiro

We are less than four weeks away from the formal launch of PIVOTAL. Here’s the last paragraph from the book’s introduction: “You are pivotal. Your business is pivotal. And for you to remain pivotal, you need to know where you are now, where to dig deep, when to stay the course, and where to focus your energies to create the greatest value for others and yourself.

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You Need New Skills to Make a Career Pivot. Here’s How to Find the Time to Build Them.

Harvard Business Review

With any significant change in your career comes the need for new skills. But that’s even more true when you want a radical career change. In these situations, it’s going to take more than listening to a few webinars to build the knowledge you need get to where you want to go. You must set aside a significant amount of time for self-directed learning, formal training, or even a second job to gain the skills for the big leap.

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Agile Innovation

Innovation Excellence

Braden Kelley is a popular innovation keynote speaker creating workshops, masterclasses, webinars, tools, and training for organizations on innovation, design thinking and change management.

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Generative AI Deep Dive: Advancing from Proof of Concept to Production

Speaker: Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks & Tony Karrer, CTO at Aggregage

Executive leaders and board members are pushing their teams to adopt Generative AI to gain a competitive edge, save money, and otherwise take advantage of the promise of this new era of artificial intelligence. There's no question that it is challenging to figure out where to focus and how to advance when it’s a new field that is evolving everyday. 💡 This new webinar featuring Maher Hanafi, VP of Engineering at Betterworks, will explore a practical framework to transform Generative AI pr

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Linking Culture and Mindset to Organizational Performance and Growth

Innovators Alliance

Research has shown that an organization’s culture is linked to its performance. James Heskett and John Kotter, in their book, Corporate Culture and Performance, make a compelling case. They demonstrate that organizational cultures that facilitate adaptation to a changing, disruptive world are associated with stronger financial performance than those that don’t.

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How to Design and Resolve Effective Business Ecosystem Governance.

Ecosystems4Innovating

Building Effective Business Governance has multiple challenges. We must emphasise the importance of ecosystem governance, providing a comprehensive structure for designing a practical framework. The robustness and depth of Governance understanding make or break Business Ecosystems. Building a robust governance framework clarifies that managing business ecosystems is not for the faint-hearted or light-of-pocket in all the aspects that need to be considered.

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The 5 Conditions For High-Performing Innovation Teams

Innov8rs

Innov8rs | With the right people, process, structure and mindset - innovation teams flourish. Teamwork makes the dream work. Together Everyone Achieves More. If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself… As clichéd as these kinds of quotes may be, they all point to an undeniable truth: working together helps us achieve more.

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3 Ways to Make a Request That Doesn’t Feel Coercive

Harvard Business Review

Research shows that people feel more pressured to agree to requests than we realize, frequently agreeing to do things they would rather not do, such as taking on burdensome, low-promotability work tasks. As a manager, what can you do to ensure that your employees aren’t taking things on because they feel like they have to, but because they actually want to?

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Leading the Development of Profitable and Sustainable Products

Speaker: Jason Tanner

While growth of software-enabled solutions generates momentum, growth alone is not enough to ensure sustainability. The probability of success dramatically improves with early planning for profitability. A sustainable business model contains a system of interrelated choices made not once but over time. Join this webinar for an iterative approach to ensuring solution, economic and relationship sustainability.

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5 Ways to Create a Sense of Belonging at Work

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from David Burkus A sense of belonging on a team is crucial for its success and productivity. Belonging is that sense of acceptance and inclusion when people feel they can bring their authentic self to work.

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Jeremy Robinson of EOS Worldwide and Innovators Alliance Join Forces to Drive Entrepreneurial Success

Innovators Alliance

Jeremy Robinson, Professional Implementer with EOS Worldwide , the pioneering organization dedicated to empowering entrepreneurs and leadership teams with simple, practical tools, is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with Innovators Alliance , a community fostering innovation and growth among business leaders. EOS Worldwide, renowned for its Entrepreneurial Operating System® (EOS®), provides a comprehensive set of tools and processes designed to align leadership teams, crystallize vis

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Interdependence and Feedback Loops are pivotal in successful Interconnected Business Ecosystems

Ecosystems4Innovating

Interdependence and Feedback Loops are pivotal to Interconnected Business Ecosystems In any interconnected business ecosystem design, two pivotal components work in tandem to ensure the system’s overall health, adaptability, and success. The interdependence and feedback loops are intrinsically linked and mutually reinforcing. This recognition and emphasis on their importance are critical to building a robust business ecosystem.

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Vitafoods 2024 Conference: Insights from the yet2 Team

Yet2

Words by Patrick Harris ‘Adulthood is wanting the window seat but needing the aisle’—a fitting analogy for the 2024 Vitafoods Conference in Geneva, where the balance between aspiration and practicality was on full display. This year’s event was a hub of innovation, spotlighting key trends in the nutraceuticals sector that are reshaping the landscape. yet2 ‘s Patrick Harris and Hayden Hodges were in attendance and Patrick captured some of the key insights and takeaways fro

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Navigating the Future: Generative AI, Application Analytics, and Data

Generative AI is upending the way product developers & end-users alike are interacting with data. Despite the potential of AI, many are left with questions about the future of product development: How will AI impact my business and contribute to its success? What can product managers and developers expect in the future with the widespread adoption of AI?

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How Artists Can Transition into the Business World

Harvard Business Review

The creator economy has given many young people an opportunity to eschew a more traditional career path and monetize their talents via social media. But, what if, you’ve discovered your priorities have evolved and you are now considering a job in the business world? The daunting process of reassessing your goals and then converting your value to this new space can feel overwhelming.

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Great People Are the Reason Companies Become Great

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Mike Shipulski You can look at people’s salaries as a cost that must be reduced. Or, you can look at their salaries as a way for them to provide for their families. With one, you cut, cut, cut.

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What We Learned from the 2024 Vision Award Winners

Planview

We’re excited to announce four Vision Award winners at this year’s Planview Accelerate conference – a recognition given to just a handful of organizations each year. This post highlights their stories and how you can use their insights at your own organization. Planview’s Vision Awards, now in its 13th consecutive year, recognizes forward-looking organizations that have excelled at achieving their strategic goals by leveraging Planview solutions.

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Applying Super Governance to the Interconnected Business Ecosystem.

Ecosystems4Innovating

Applying Super Governance to Interconnected Business Ecosystems I have been working on further developing and creating a comprehensive framework for the Interconnected Business Ecosystem that addresses various aspects of ecosystem design, management, and governance. I debated if I needed to add a super governance layer that ensures alignment, stability, and ethical practices across the entire ecosystem.

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Turn Payments Into Personalization: Unlock the Value of Transaction Data

Speaker: David Nisbet, Everett Zufelt, and Michaela Weber

Once upon a time, in the vast realm of online commerce, there lived a humble checkout button overlooked by many. Yet, within its humble click lay the power to transform a mere visitor into a loyal customer. 🧐 💡 Getting checkout right can mark the difference between a successful sale and an abandoned cart, yet many businesses fail to make payments a part of their commerce strategy even when it has a direct impact on revenue.

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How End to End Data Intervention Can Enable Energy Players Keep their Sustainability Promise

Acuvate

The need for sustainability in the energy sector is more important than ever in a time when climate change is no longer a distant threat but a pressing reality. As per the WEF, Greenhouse gas emissions need to peak by 2025 and then drop by 43% by 2030. The transition to a low-carbon society will take significant work on the part of organizations, businesses, and individuals.

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How Your Business Should Tap into the Creator Economy

Harvard Business Review

Creators aren’t just changing marketing. They’re transforming product development, too. Creators can drive demand for specialized products, accelerating product life cycles and even changing what customers actually value. Companies that recognize the power of creators can choose from four strategies, including partnering with creators or acting as suppliers.

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The Beginning, Middle, and End of Innovation

Innovation Excellence

And How Moneyball Fits In GUEST POST from Robyn Bolton Last week, pitchers and catchers reported to MLB Spring Training facilities in Florida and Arizona.

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Being on Time: An Underrated Skill

Michael Roberto

Source: www.makemebetter.net In far too many university settings, being on time has become undervalued. Professors don't establish strong norms for arriving to class on time. They don't establish and enforce clear guidelines for attendance. They don't enforce deadlines for key assignments. In a recent Wall Street Journal article , we read about a school district's policy that limits teachers' ability to penalize late work (not an isolated incident. now common in many districts).

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The Key to Sustainable Energy Optimization: A Data-Driven Approach for Manufacturing

Speaker: Kevin Kai Wong, President of Emergent Energy Solutions

In today's industrial landscape, the pursuit of sustainable energy optimization and decarbonization has become paramount. ♻️ Manufacturing corporations across the U.S. are facing the urgent need to align with decarbonization goals while enhancing efficiency and productivity. Unfortunately, the lack of comprehensive energy data poses a significant challenge for manufacturing managers striving to meet their targets. 📊 Join us for a practical webinar hosted by Kevin Kai Wong of Emergent Ene