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Why VUCA Is (Mostly) A Myth

Digital Tonto

At any given time, there are many s-curves going on at once. Some are just beginning to crawl, others speeding up and still others slowing down. Pointing out the ones that are speeding up and ignoring everything else that’s going on may be exciting, but it's not the way to get the best results. It’s no accident that VUCA is a military term. The ever-present mantra that we are living in a time of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity makes corporate executives feel like swashbuckling

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Why Infrastructure Projects Require High-Quality Management

Business and Tech

We spoke with Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE, president and CEO of the Construction Management Association of America, about the value trained and educated program and construction managers bring to projects, and how hiring the right pros can help improve U.S. infrastructure. Andrea S. Rutledge, CAE President and CEO, Construction Management Association of America “A PM/CM professional’s mandate is to work with all parties to deliver the project or program within the owner’s schedule, budget, qua

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What Makes A Strategy “Good?”

Digital Tonto

One of the most frustrating statements I come across is that “we had a good strategy, but just couldn’t execute it.” That’s nonsense. Obviously, if you couldn’t execute, there were some important factors that you didn’t take into account. You miscalculated in some significant way. So how was that a good strategy? This raises an important question: What makes a strategy good?

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Emptiness and Innovation

IdeaScale

Introduction The ancient Buddhist philosophical concept of “emptiness”, going back nearly two millennia, has some interesting present-day implications for the process of idea creation and development in innovation. These implications relate to the desirability of high levels of technical diversity, in-person interaction and temporal intensity within innovation team processes.

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Brick & Mortar Retail Relevance: How to Stay Ahead of the Curve

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

Let's set the record straight: in-store retail isn't dead - it's evolving! Faced with the digital age and the demands of omnichannel shopping, some retailers are thriving while others are struggling to adapt. Join Jay Black in this exclusive session as he explores the strategies that set successful stores apart, including: Crafting unique and unforgettable in-store experiences 🛍️ Mastering the art of retail demands 🛒 Navigating inventory challenges in today's climate 📦 an

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Leading Change May Need to Begin with Changing Yourself

Harvard Business Review

Behavior change is hard, but it’s a skill leaders who want to succeed amid near-constant organizational change need to develop. By increasing their self-awareness, committing to change, overcoming limiting thoughts, and deliberately practicing new behaviors, leaders raise the likelihood that the change initiatives they’re tasked to lead will be successful.

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The Man Who Invented a Technology Used Billions of Times a Day Doesn't Get Credit for It. Now He's Setting the Record Straight.

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Paul McEnroe, an award-winning engineer who spent more than two decades in leadership roles at IBM, opens up about the Universal Product Code's development and the misconception that persists.

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How AI could save—or sink—creative writing in schools

Christensen Institute

Key points AI tools like ChatGPT can change the way students approach writing by facilitating rapid prototyping and offering real-time feedback. Using AI to support student writing has the potential to help students see failure as an opportunity for growth. Ninth-grade English was a paradox for me—both the best and worst year for helping me learn to write.

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5 Types of Stories Leaders Need to Tell

Harvard Business Review

Storytelling is an important leadership skill, and executives who want to succeed should master five types of narrative: Vision stories, which inspire a shared one; values stories that model the way; action stories that spark progress and change; teaching stories that transmit knowledge and skills to others; and trust stories that help people understand, connect with, and believe in you.

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The Energy Transition is a crazy pitching evolving business need.

Innovating4Energy

The Energy Transition is probably the most challenging undertaking we need to take in a short time frame of thirty years. to give our planet the chance to regain balance for us to live in and protect what we have To get there, we will need to chase a crazy business of existing, competing businesses, all vested in how we do things, to gain their attention and convince them of a sense of urgency and need for a rapid change from the existing to a preferred.

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Building a Secure Future for America’s Water Resources

Business and Tech

How often do you turn on your faucet or shower and think about where your water comes from? The luxury of having a consistent supply of clean water masks a harsh reality: the gradual depletion of this invaluable resource. Deron Brown Deron Brown, President and Chief Operating Officer, U.S. Operations, PCL Construction “To secure a strategic future, it is imperative to reshore critical manufacturing processes related to water infrastructure components.” Take the Colorado River Basin f

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The Product Symphony: Orchestrating Success with Storymapping

Speaker: Jamie Bernard - Senior Product Director at Launch by NTT Data

In today’s dynamic business landscape, successful product management hinges on a keen understanding of customer needs and market dynamics. Storymapping emerges as an invaluable pre-investment tool, enabling smarter decision-making, more accurate resource allocation, and enhanced scope control. It serves as a catalyst to better align your entire organization, setting the stage for impactful, customer-centric product management.

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Different ways we use Category Expertise to deliver better results

Flying Fish Lab

As we’ve mentioned, Category Expertise is what enables you to make things happen. It’s the knowledge of what works and what doesn’t, which enables teams to focus on driving viable solutions. At FFL we leverage our clients’ category expertise in a few ways, and we often have a particularly strong focus on it at the start and the end of a project. At the start of every project, while we try not to “drink too much from the same fountain” as the client, there’s fundamental knowledge that is required

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Implementing Open Innovation: Insights from Ariana Smetana of AccelIQ Digital

Qmarkets

Open innovation is a core strategy for transformative growth amongst a growing number of enterprise companies around the world. The days of boardrooms and R&D departments keeping innovation under lock and key are waning, as companies are increasingly preferring a more collaborative approach with startups and other external parties. AccelIQ Digital is a global consultancy based in Houston, Texas, with a mission to help enterprise businesses unlock the benefits of this outward-looking, collabo

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Why Is It So Hard to Leave a Bad Job?

Harvard Business Review

If you’ve ever been in an unhealthy work situation, you probably know how hard it can be to leave. Leaving a bad job is never easy, and each person’s breaking point is different, so beating yourself up over why you stayed so long in a traumatic situation won’t help. But learning from each experience will empower you to own your career choices and leave earlier if you find yourself in a comparable situation again.

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What Every Leader Should Know About AI Transformation

Faisal Hoque

All its potential aside, there are legitimate dangers to AI. At the heart of the matter is the essential value of a balanced perspective.

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How to Stay Competitive in the Evolving State of Martech

Marketing technology is essential for B2B marketers to stay competitive in a rapidly changing digital landscape — and with 53% of marketers experiencing legacy technology issues and limitations, they’re researching innovations to expand and refine their technology stacks. To help practitioners keep up with the rapidly evolving martech landscape, this special report will discuss: How practitioners are integrating technologies and systems to encourage information-sharing between departments and pr

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AI Actually Leads to Increased Customer Experience Employment

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Shep Hyken That title is a bold statement in a world where AI, ChatGPT and other technologies are doing many tasks that employees have typically performed. Sometimes, the technologies perform even better.

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Beyond the Daily Grind: How Design Thinking Can Illuminate Your Life’s Purpose

Tullio Siragusa

Beyond the Daily Grind: How Design Thinking Can Illuminate Your Life’s Purpose In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s easy to get caught up in the routine, to lose sight of what truly matters to us, and to wonder if there’s more to life than the daily grind. This is where the concept of “purpose” comes into play. Purpose is not just a lofty idea; it’s a guiding force that can transform your life, and Design Thinking can be the compass that helps you navigate the path to discover

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Remembering Chris Burnham, Answering Questions From His Lean Leadership Podcast

Kainexus

The lean community recently lost a brilliant mind and a warm heart, Chris Burnham. His sudden passing left a significant void that is still hard to come to terms with. Today, we want to pay tribute to Chris and celebrate his life and the profound impact he had on our company and our community. Chris was a kind and insightful lean thinker and a *Lean Leadership Podcast* host, where he shared his passion for lean principles with a broader audience.

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How to Have a Successful Meeting with Your Boss’s Boss

Harvard Business Review

Taking the time and effort to invest in upward relationships, such as those with skip-level managers, requires strategy, humility, and diligence. After all, leadership is not only about managing those below you, but also navigating the complexities above. In this article, the author offers practical tips for holding a successful skip-level meeting.

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From Complexity to Clarity: Strategies for Effective Compliance and Security Measures

Speaker: Erika R. Bales, Esq.

When we talk about “compliance and security," most companies want to ensure that steps are being taken to protect what they value most – people, data, real or personal property, intellectual property, digital assets, or any other number of other things - and it’s more important than ever that safeguards are in place. Let’s step back and focus on the idea that no matter how complicated the compliance and security regime, it should be able to be distilled down to a checklist.

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The Covert Cost of Poor Communication: A Business Wake-Up Call

Daniel Burrus

We have all heard that the key to becoming a successful business is effective communication and collaboration, but do we really know what that means? Unfortunately for many business leaders, they believe they do. But the reality is they actually struggle with the concept. Back in 2013, the CEO of Yahoo! announced via memo that employees would no longer be able to work remotely and must come back into the office from Monday through Friday.

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Measuring Employee Engagement Accurately

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from David Burkus Employee engagement has been a hot topic for several decades. And for good reason. Business teams with highly engaged employees have a 59 percent lower turnover rate than those with less engaged staff. Highly engaged teams are 17 percent more productive. Engaged teams receive 10 percent higher customer reviews.

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If You Want to Be an Industry Leader, Be an Industry Innovator. Here's How to Inspire Innovation in Your Business.

Entrepreneur - Innovation

Innovation isn't just about making something new; it's about improving something.

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The Creative Challenge of Changing Culture at IBM

InnovationManagement

Key Strategy: Facilitating Genuine Employee InvolvementExcerpted from the book: Idea Stormers, How to Lead and Inspire Creative Breakthroughs (Wiley Jossey-Bass) by Bryan Mattimore There is no tougher organizational challenge than changing a culture. Just ask any CEO or company president. Even the most powerful executive can feel surprisingly powerless when it comes to changing [.

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Future Focus: Constructing Unshakeable Stability in Your Manufacturing Supply Chain

Speaker: Jay Black, Senior Account Executive

We’ve all heard the buzzwords to describe new supply chain trends: resiliency, sustainability, AI, machine learning. But what do these really mean today? Over the past few years, manufacturing has had to adapt to and overcome a wide variety of supply chain trends and disruptions to stay as stable as possible. Stability has become key in this post-COVID world, and will remain key moving forward.

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It’s Time for a New Model for Operations Management

Harvard Business Review

Covid-19 was the death knell for traditional hierarchical command-and-control operations management. In its place a new model has emerged that’s far better equipped to deal with today’s disruptive, volatile, and unpredictable environment. In this model, decision-making responsibility is broadly dispersed to where it makes the most sense, resulting in faster, more accurate decisions in response to changing conditions.

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Shifting from Compliance to Commitment: Leadership Excellence with CEO Mark Parrish

Kainexus

Here is a summary of the webinar presentation by Mark Parrish titled " Building Cultures of Commitment. " In the webinar, Mark gave a 20-minute presentation that was followed by a robust Q&A period for the rest of the hour. View the entire webinar here.

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How to Defeat Corporate Antibodies

Innovation Excellence

A Guide to Beating Resistance GUEST POST from Stefan Lindegaard Imagine yourself as the CEO of a mid-sized organization that’s struggling to grow and adapt to the ever-changing business landscape. You decide that it’s time for a significant transformation, which will involve new partnerships, revamped processes, and a shift in the company’s culture.

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Making the UAE’s $4.5 billion pledge to finance climate projects in Africa count

Christensen Institute

At the 2023 Africa Climate Summit (September 4th–6th) in Nairobi, the United Arab Emirates pledged $4.5 billion to finance climate projects in Africa. The financing will provide both equity and debt investments, and is designed to mobilize billions of dollars more in funding from other countries and development partners. This is a colossal step in the right direction.

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2 Retail Sectors That Are Completely Changing the Game: FMCG & Q-Commerce

Speaker: Joe Heather, Deliverect GM (UK&I)

Fast-Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Quick Commerce (Q-commerce) are two vibrant sectors that have undergone significant transformations with the advancements in digital technology. With growing internet penetration and the proliferation of smartphones, consumers' purchasing habits have unsurprisingly evolved. They now demand quick, convenient, and seamless shopping experiences, which both FMCG and Q-commerce sectors strive to provide.

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Insanely Interesting People who Influenced Me #17 Joseph Campbell

Rmukesh Gupta

For the rest of the year, I would like to take a moment and thank the people who have had a significant impact on me as an individual. The way they have lived their lives and their body of work has had an outsized impact on how I think about life in general and and work, in particular. Some of these are contemporary thinkers and some of them are just a memory.

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Web3 Could Change the Business Model of Creative Work

Harvard Business Review

Web3 — the read-write-own web — could offer a new model for creative work. By offering new tools to earn and own assets, build wealth, and wrestle back control from powerful platforms and intermediaries, it has the potential to simplify how creators fund their ventures and new ways to earn a living, not just on the first sale of a work of art but in perpetuity thanks to programmatic royalty streams paid via smart contracts, self-executing code that can move and store money.

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Why Corporate Development Needs Corporate Venture Capital

Collectivecamp

A CVC fund can play a pivotal role in augmenting and complementing an organization's corporate development and M&A activities, offering numerous benefits that extend beyond financial investments. In this article, we will explore how having a dedicated CVC fund can empower companies and help them achieve their strategic objectives.

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Avoid These Four Myths While Networking Your Organization

Innovation Excellence

GUEST POST from Greg Satell In an age of disruption, everyone has to adapt eventually. However, the typical organization is ill-suited to change direction. Managers spend years—and sometimes decades—working to optimize their operations to deliver specific outcomes and that can make an organization rigid if the face of a change in the basis of competition.

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PM Development: How Product People Continue to Learn

Speaker: Greg Coticchia - CEO, Sopheon

Marc Andreessen famously said “Software is eating the world” and he was right! With all the technological improvements relevant to product management, there is an increasing need to educate new product managers as well as upgrade the abilities of experienced professionals. Unfortunately, little has changed in the world of product management education, training, or preparation to meet today’s high demand.