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You Need To Take Responsibility For Your Own Evolution

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One of the biggest challenges we have to tackle in the Next Economy is upskilling people. Heck, we’ve been living in a digital Economy for some time now and most people still use their computer or mobile phone to send emojis, animated gifs and memes to each other.

Critical Leadership Question: Do You Bring Out Mediocrity In Others?

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Leadership is hard. It’s not about giving commands and mandates; it goes beyond that. You have to get involved with people, care about them. It’s about influence. You see successful leaders deliver results through relationships.

The Future of Ecommerce

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Arjun Ohri who is CEO of ShopMessage, a marketing automation platform built on Facebook Messenger that enables stores to engage their customers in new conversational ways. Tell me about yourself and business sms service. How does shopping through a chatbot enhance the experience?

Innovation Is About More Than Technology

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There’s this belief that technology is innovation. It’s a limiting belief. I get it, it’s sexy. It gets a lot of attention, but innovation is about more than technology. You can innovate in business model, management, processes and other areas too.

Assessing and Fostering a Culture of Innovation

Speaker: Magnus Penker, CEO & Founder, Innovation360 Group

Welcome to an interactive empowering session on how to sharpen your future through innovation management, which can help guide your company’s goals. During this webinar, Magnus Penker, international thought leader and author, will dive into how to assess and foster culture and capabilities for innovation.

The Most Important Factors For Startup Success

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We’ve all, of course, read about the spectacular success of startups. It’s impossible to escape the amazing tales of people starting with an idea in a garage (think Apple) and growing it into a billion-dollar global business.

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What To Do When You Fail

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Last year I wrote about dealing with failure. I’ve experienced it a handful of times; we all have. As an entrepreneur, the main message is that you should expect it. Losing, making mistakes, it’s part of life. It happens to all of us.

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We Need To Think About Failure Differently To Drive Innovation

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Yesterday I gave a talk to Foxconn employees and Directors about culture and how it drives innovation. A good way to frame culture is like this: what you reward and what you punish.

5 Essential Questions To Ask Before You Start An Innovation Project

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Innovation is hard. Really hard. It’s the opposite of business as usual where you just work to maintain the status quo, and are rewarded for doing so.

The 15 Enemies of Innovation

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When I put my consultant hat on I have a very easy way to detect whether or not your company is committed to innovation, and whether or not it will: the way you lead and prioritize. My examination has nothing to do with capability, but with leadership.

The Limits of Artificial Intelligence

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There are 10 key technologies that will drive the Next Economy , the one that underpins them all is artificial intelligence. And while AI is already delivering value, many challenges are left to be overcome before it truly reaches its potential.

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5 Product Traps - And Better Paths

Speaker: Johanna Rothman, Management Consultant, Rothman Consulting Group

Is your agile team overloaded with feature requests, with no time for discovery? Do your roadmaps read like impossible wish lists? Well, you’re not alone. It may seem impossible now, but what if we said that with a few changes, you could be meeting deadlines with the ability to predict progress with accuracy, be happy with your progress against the roadmap, and be making time for near-continuous discovery? Johanna Rothman has seen this all too often across many different organizations. She will take us through five common traps that agile product teams fall into – and likely you are in several of those traps right now. And good news - she has ways to avoid them!

Innovation is The Opposite of What We’re Pretending The Word Means

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Every once in a while someone says or writes something that is worth sharing. I want to introduce you to Tom Goodwin, who wrote a great piece called Why you probably don’t want innovation. His point is that everyone wants innovation without knowing what it means; which I agree with.

5 Scenarios For Worlds That Artificial Intelligence Might Create

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There is no doubt that artificial intelligence, they key technology underpinning the Next Economy , is going to have a profound impact in our lives. How much? Well no one really knows and it’s what keeps many people up at night.

How Do You Know When You Gave It Your All?

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We all encounter and seek challenges all the time as athletes, executives, entrepreneurs, students, employees or any other domain we choose. Whether or not we succeed, as we want, at whatever we do is determined by the decisions we make, luck and the effort we put into it.

What Bad Leadership Looks Like

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“Tell him I get pissed off when someone makes a mistake.” ” I talk and coach people through situations, and this was recently relayed to me by someone who works for an a **e boss.

Growth Happens When You Stretch

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I’ve been going to the gym since I was 18; almost half of my life. In muscle building parlance, to grow muscle you have to stretch it; you have to feel discomfort. You have to force it. Muscle builders pursue the burn because when you do it right, you’re sore the next day.

What Users Want: How and Why to Build Knowledge into Your Product

Speaker: Nils Davis, Principal, NPD Associates

Usage data allows PMs, the product team, and the whole organization to make better decisions. Good usage intelligence gives you the ability to be smarter, more active, more decisive, nimbler, and to minimize risk. But what if you don't have that data - such as before you have users? Or, what if the right decision seems to fly in the face of the data you have? Or, what if your product offers more than just the standard features? To get deeper into these questions, Nils Davis asks, "What is the most interesting thing about Instagram?" (Because who doesn't like a product that Facebook paid $1 billion for when it had fewer than 50 employees and no revenue?) Nils will use the example of Instagram’s Filters to talk about how putting prebuilt knowledge in your product can change the way your product is used for the better - putting you in the company of most market-leading products. Finally, he’ll tie it all together by explaining how the way you interpret and use usage data can impact the way your tell your product’s story, and ultimately, how your users use your product.

The Hardest Lesson I’ve Learned: Pick Your Battles

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There is a lesson all entrepreneurs have to learn and that’s how to pick your battles. This is one thing that I took a lot of time in learning. When I was just starting out in college I took on all challenges that came my way. I just didn’t know how to say no because I wanted to fix everything. But as I grew and had successes and failures along the way, I’ve learned to pick my battles.

You Are Who You Surround Yourself With

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I believe we’re all in a constant state of becoming , but only a handful of people are dictating how that happens. Everyone would like to see improvements in their life, but the difference between the ones who do and those that don’t is action. You’re responsible.

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How Do You Deal With Chaos? Focus On The Moment

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This is a post I’m writing for my friend Jesus, who’s taking on a leadership challenge … To thrive in chaos and adapt to change requires the mental preparedness to modify one’s thoughts at a moment’s notice. As an entrepreneur, I’m well adapted to chaos. I actually want it.

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Shift Your Mindset to Think Exponentially

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We’re living in exponential times, the Big 5 tech companies – Microsoft, Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook – occupy the top 6 spots of the most valuable companies in the world, thus driving the Next Economy. It’s safe to say that we live in a world dominated by technology.

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11 Proven Ways to Turn Your Culture into a Culture of Innovation

Learn the 11 proven strategies that you can implement quickly to get every employee innovating and contributing to the growth of your company.

4 Questions That Enhance Your Intellectual Humility

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One of the greatest abilities every one should develop is to change one’s mind when they are wrong; this is called intellectual humility. And it is rare. It doesn’t come easy for any of us to accept we’re wrong.

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Misfit Manifesto: What Rebels Want From Their Boss

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How do you lead and manage for innovation? Not all cultures where innovation thrives look the same, but they all have things in common. One of them is they all unleash their black sheep ; the misfits, the rebels, the troublemakers. . How do you do that? You have to understand what drives them.

Be A Generalist Not A Specialist If You Want To Excel

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A new book by David Epstein, Range: How Generalists Triumph in a Specialised World, makes the case for Generalists. As a Generalist, I’m happy someone wrote a book about Generalists for everyone; not just business people.

People Walk Away When You Waste Their Time and Talent

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Miserable, undervalued, overlooked, not living up to my potential, taken for granted. These and other words are used by people who’s employeer doesn’t let them be the best version of themselves at work. Last week I met two very talented guys with high technical chops.

Using Data and Messaging to Drive Product Activation

Speaker: Ruben Ugarte, Founder, Practico Analytics

Onboarding users is filled with possibilities and challenges. Not only are you showing the user how to use your product, but it's also a chance to connect with them and understand their needs. Of course, it’s crucial to have a good onboarding experience to drive your activation metrics. Quality onboarding is the first step towards turning a newly acquired user into a repeat user. If you're looking to optimize your onboarding to improve your activation metrics, this webinar is for you. Ruben Ugarte will be focusing on how to improve all aspects of onboarding experiences by understanding how your current onboarding process is stacking up, and giving you the tools to prioritize what to try changing. With improved onboarding, you'll see less drop-off and a happier user experience.

Market Demand, Not Just Technology, Create New Career Paths In The Next Economy

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I own a small collection of Air Jordan’s. I bought most of them in the resell market, which is projected to become a $6 billion business globally by 2025, according to a recent analysis from Cowen & Co. So, providing authentic sneakers to people like me is a big business!

Borrow and Blend: Creativity Lesson from Quentin Tarantino

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Quentin Tarantino is one of the most beloved directors in Hollywood. His unique style of filmmaking, breaking away with filmmaking rules makes him a favorite of many Directors. With that said, there is a method to the madness.

7 Rules For Rebels, Heretics And Mavericks In Organizations

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Innovation is hard , it doesn’t happen by following a tried and true cookie cutter approach. It often begins when someone begins to think and act differently, usually in isolation, from the rest of an organization; challenging convention.

The Fat Cat Syndrome Prevents Innovation And Opens The Door For Disruption

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What is the fat cat syndrome? Here are a few definitions: The state of mind one possesses when one becomes so successful, he/she disregards the inefficiencies and lost opportunities. Fat cat is a political term originally describing a rich political donor, also called an angel or big money man.

Project Analytics: Visibility that Aids Risk Management

Speaker: Miles Robinson, Agile and Management Consultant, Motivational Speaker

Product Managers face changes that put delivery at risk. Just as you use data from the customer to inform your solutions, transparency during the building of those solutions is critical for making better risk mitigation decisions. Whether your solution has fixed scope, fixed scheduling, fixed resources or fixed level of quality, the earlier you can know when these are at risk (and how) the better. The more clear the picture, the better you can understand the impacts of changes, and the more effectively you can deliver the solution the customer needs, when they need it, at a reasonable cost. This session will focus on the use of a One-Dimensional Product Backlog from a risk management point of view. We will show how this tool can be used to monitor and evaluate how your solution is getting built, and a clear view of any cascading impacts risks have as they surface.

How Do You Innovate from the Inside?

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Innovation is hard. Really hard; especially inside established organizations. And most people, and organizations, are not up to the challenge. The reasons are many , but innovation does happen in spite of those challenges.

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Get In A Lot More Tries

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Innovation is messy and hard. It’s not for everyone. Mistakes will be made, and you will have to try more stuff to find a way forward. A couple of years ago I was part of a team that developed a static ground effect vehicle.

How Do You Know The Difference Between Persistence And Stubbornness?

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I recently had a chat with a group of entrepreneurs and one question I got asked was about differentiating persistence and stubbornness. This is an important question, here I share my response… Innovation is messy , it just doesn’t happen in a straight line.

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Paid Advertising Isn’t The Only Way To Grow A Business

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I recently joined a chat of entrepreneurs and a person brought up the topic of business growth. Specifically, she said that someone who is not willing to spend money on advertising to grow a business is not an entrepreneur. I think her comment is biased, she runs a social media agency, and ignorant. Let me explain… A business I had some years ago, Blu Maya, we helped brands create word of mouth through brand experience.

Embedded Analytics, Everywhere

Speaker: Dean Yao, Director of Marketing at Jinfonet

What's the next big trend in analytics software and applications? You've probably used it without even knowing: embedded reporting and analytics. Software development teams more often now are embedding 3rd party analytics solutions into their products and applications to let them focus on other core areas of their software. They also want to provide what their users ask for: reporting and analytics from within the context of the applications they are already using. Dean Yao will talk you through powerful strategies and best practices in embedded reporting, dashboards and analytics that will add value to your products and applications while giving you an analytics partner you can rely on. Empower users with better data presentation and exploration for deeper insights into their data.

How To Encourage Your Team To Take Breaks

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At work, you just want to power through, to get done what you need to get done, so that you can go home. This, unfortunately, leads us to lots of bad behaviors and unhealthy choices. We skip meals—or eat meals out of the vending machine.

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7 Components That Make For A Great Startup Company Culture

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Startups boast about their culture, but most of the time they can’t even explain why it’s special.

When An Organization Minimizes The Fear People Feel On The Job, Performance is Maximized

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What drives someone to complain? Selfishness and frustration. Last week I published a post about complaining , driven by selfish reasons, and how it stands in our way of making progress. Today I’ll focus on frustration.

The Myth of Common Sense

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Last year I advised a restaurant owner on customer experience strategy for his restaurant. He had previously done benchmarking against other restaurants, but felt and knew he was missing something more deeper, something that would stick with people.

Living With Technical Debt: Balancing Quality and Perfection

Speaker: Cliff Gilley, The Clever PM

As a Product Manager, you probably have to deal with technical debt. Regularly. Whether you like it or not - because it can’t be avoided. Unexpected details pop up, as small as UX that needs clean-up, and as big as a previously unforeseen flaw in the infrastructure of a project. We have to accept that nobody gets away without some technical debt. And of course, the longer you take to deal with your technical debt, the more difficult it becomes to address fully. Feeling frustrated? Fortunately, we can take a step back, gain clarity, and see how the decisions we make impact our technical debt. Then, we can make decisions about how we want to balance technical debt with other priorities. Are we willing to live with some level of technical debt in order to ship product and meet deadlines? Can we mitigate technical debt to get to an MVP faster?