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Top Team Alignment: Gaining Clarity on 6 Critical Business Questions

Top Team Alignment: Gaining Clarity on 6 Critical Business Questions | Business change | Scoop.it
Want to get your top team on the same page? Follow these 6 steps toward greater team alignment and clarity on essential business questions.

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The eight essentials of innovation | McKinsey & Company

The eight essentials of innovation | McKinsey & Company | Business change | Scoop.it
Since innovation is a complex, company-wide endeavor, it requires a set of crosscutting practices and processes to structure, organize, and encourage it. Taken together, the essentials described in this article constitute just such an operating system, as seen in Exhibit 2. These often overlapping, iterative, and nonsequential practices resist systematic categorization but can nonetheless be thought of in two groups. The first four, which are strategic and creative in nature, help set and prioritize the terms and conditions under which innovation is more likely to thrive. The next four essentials deal with how to deliver and organize for innovation repeatedly over time and with enough value to contribute meaningfully to overall performance.
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McKinsey on leading practices of high performing innovation companies, examples of 8 key practices. 

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The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company

The 5 Requirements of a Truly Innovative Company | Business change | Scoop.it
No single innovation tool or method will deliver consistent, profitable breakthroughs, and neither will a hodgepodge of misaligned or poorly integrated practices. It takes a systematic approach to build a systemic capability—whether that is Amazon’s logistics prowess or the near-flawless service you receive as a guest at a Four Seasons hotel. So it is with innovation. Skills, tools, met­rics, processes, platforms, incentives, roles, and values all have to come together in one supercharged, all-wheel-drive, race-winning innovation machine.

So what are the parts of the innovation engine that most often get left out? Here’s our list of the top five:
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Lots of #innovation sense from Gary Hamel & Nancy Tennant

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Ian Berry's curator insight, May 3, 1:20 AM

Some good insights. In remarkable workplaces every day innovation is the norm and people are truly empowered like at Nordstrom, the US department store, where they have a rule "Use your best judgement at all times." and there are no other rules

Tony Brugman (Bright & Company)'s curator insight, May 4, 6:06 AM

Great article in HBR by management guru Gary Hamel and Nancy Tennant (VP Whirlpool) on what they call the 'retooling of innovation' in organisations and what is needed to do so successfully.

 

Without spoiling the whole article, in their opinion the requirements include innovation ~ leaders and employees, definition, management process and metrics.

Emilio Ruano's curator insight, May 5, 8:03 PM

Innovation is a culture that must be nourished. Buen artículo sobre las bases para que una empresa sea inovadora en su totalidad.

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A Story from Google Shows You Don’t Need Power to Drive Strategy

A Story from Google Shows You Don’t Need Power to Drive Strategy | Business change | Scoop.it
It has become increasingly accepted that the work of strategy is no longer conducted solely from the C-suite. Companies like Google and 3M have benefited from embracing innovation that comes from all parts of the organization. As more companies seek to embrace this kind of emergent strategy-making, it’s worth examining what makes individuals like Brian successful. What are the key actions of strategic leaders who drive innovation without formal authority?
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5 things help you to do strategic leadership well - in times of change, execution needed as well as ideas!

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Watch Now: The DNA of Innovation

Watch Now: The DNA of Innovation | Business change | Scoop.it
How do you accelerate innovation? The answer lies within the ability to bring companies, startups, agencies, clients, and budgets together.

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, April 17, 11:53 AM

Budgets - yes.

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Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders

Learning from the Persuasive Genius of Great Leaders | Business change | Scoop.it

Mike, I know you are a star player,” said the senior executive to his newest vice president. “But there’s something I want you to think about.” He placed a single sheet of paper on the table between them: a cartoon of two people in a boat. One is bailing furiously as water pours in through a hole in the bottom, while the other sits high up on the other end, saying, “Well, at least the hole isn’t in my end.” After a brief pause, the CEO continued, “This is what is actually happening when your group makes decisions without considering the impact on the company as a whole. I know you trimmed customer support expenses significantly last year. But now I hear we are losing customers because their experience is not up to par. Does that make good business sense to you?”

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The art of framing is an essential skill for executives who want to motivate and inspire change. Find out people's whys!

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Managing Change in a Small Organisation...

Managing Change in a Small Organisation... | Business change | Scoop.it

Until I set up a small organisation, my experience of managing change had been within large public sector organisations where it often felt like a massive task to work through, planning and implementing best practice and nurturing the right kind of response and flexibility to bring about transformation.

Now, leading a small organisation, I can see how much better they are to react and adapt to the need for change and provided, as the head of the organisation, I play to my own strengths and those of my team, change can happen quickly and with success.

There are a number of practices I’ve found that really help me to make changes within the organisation.

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Change lessons from David that could help Goliath.

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Why is being Agile so Hard ~ Future of CIO

Why is being Agile so Hard ~ Future of CIO | Business change | Scoop.it
Agile becomes mainstream software management philosophy and methodology,  however, most of organizations are at the stage of doing Agile, not being agile, doing agile is a set of activities; but being agile is the state of mind, the ongoing capability and the culture adaptability. To dig through, why is being agile so hard?


"Agile is a silver mirror, not a silver bullet": You have to do continuous reflection.

Via Riaz Khan
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Doing Agile is only an engineering practice, but being agile is the multidisciplinary challenge from top-down and bottom-up.~ Future of CIO

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, December 22, 2014 3:02 AM

Be 'agile' not 'fragile' ..... keeping the cattle in the herd.

Gary Bamford's comment, December 22, 2014 3:04 AM
I enjoyed the read - just about spot on!
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Why Change Management Fails

Why Change Management Fails | Business change | Scoop.it

In the past, efforts at organizational change that have focused on the structural aspects of organizations have systematically failed because they have neglected the reality that change doesn't happen without individual people changing their thinking, beliefs and behavior.

In an article in the McKinsey Quarterly, Emily Lawson and Colin Price argue that change success in large organizations depends on persuading hundreds or thousands of groups and individuals to change the way they work, a transformation people will accept only if they can be persuaded to think differently about their jobs.



Via Cindy Seiwert
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Change is an inside-out process, beginning with individuals, particularly leaders, not an outside-in process.Focus on behaviour to up your average!

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Greg Wisniewski's curator insight, December 9, 2014 4:30 PM

New study shows that 75% of initiatives fail and when changes fail, people grow cynical - yeah, now I can understand some behaviours.

Ian Berry's curator insight, December 21, 2014 8:02 PM

There's some good reasons about why change management fails in this piece not least of which is that change can't be managed.

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Top 7+ disruptive business trends

Top 7+ disruptive business trends | Business change | Scoop.it
How disruptive is your business? Companies that do the same old things, make only incremental changes, and demonstrate “me-too” thinking will get left behind in today’s rapidly changing, hyper-competitive, disruptive world.
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Some trends in disruption by @torbenrick - well worth pondering on. Will you be a thriver or a victim?

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Build a change platform, not a change program

Build a change platform, not a change program | Business change | Scoop.it
It’s not you, it’s your company. Management Innovation eXchange founders Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini believe that continuous improvement requires the creation of change platforms, rather than change programs ordained and implemented from the top. A McKinsey & Company article.

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McKinsey, Hamel  on successful change.

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Don Dea's curator insight, December 18, 2014 12:41 AM

Transformational-change initiatives have a dismal track record. In 1996, Harvard Business School professor John Kotter claimed that nearly 70 percent of large-scale change programs didn’t meet their goals,1 and virtually every survey since has shown similar results. Why is change so confounding? We don’t think the issue lies with an understanding of its building blocks—Kotter’s classic eight-step change-management model is still a helpful guide. The problem lies in beliefs about who is responsible for launching change and how change is implemented.

Gary Bamford's curator insight, December 18, 2014 2:49 AM

Don't change ..... evolve!

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, January 2, 3:12 PM

Change Management Platform: Use the social power in your favor

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PMO is not a Dirty Word | Innovation Management

PMO is not a Dirty Word | Innovation Management | Business change | Scoop.it
Many product organizations have some type of Project Management Office (PMO), even if they refer to it by a different name. The PMO is a critical component to a successful product delivery, yet it often carries a reputation for being heavy-handed policy enforcers. When focused on the right things, the PMO plays a pivotal role in driving innovation process excellence and ensuring profitability.
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What part of your organisation owns the project and portfolio management processes, tools, training, and reporting?

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Why Only The Agile Survive

Why Only The Agile Survive | Business change | Scoop.it
The average lifespan of a company listed in the S&P 500 has shrunk by more than 50 years in the last century, from 67 years in the 1920s to 15 years today, according to Yale professor Richard Foster. Today's rate of change "is at a faster pace than ever," he says. Foster predicts that by 2020, more than three-fourths of the S&P 500 will be companies we don't know about today.

One of the greatest challenges that business leaders and, by extension, their enterprises face is the ability to quickly respond to this constantly accelerating market change and to act as the catalyst of organizational adaptation.

Agility, by definition, is an enterprise's response to change and challenges driven by macro- and micro-economic conditions.
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4 ways to demonstrate agility and stay relevant for VUCA times.

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The Heart of Innovation: The Awesome Power of Immersion

The Heart of Innovation: The Awesome Power of Immersion | Business change | Scoop.it
"If I had an hour to solve a problem," explained Albert Einstein, "I'd spend the first 55 minutes thinking about the problem, and the last five solving it."

Translation? One of the secrets to having a big breakthrough is immersion -- "the state of being deeply engaged, involved, or absorbed."

Immersion is the ocean in which our fabulous insights, ideas, and illuminations are swimming. That's why Yogis seek out caves, embryos gestate, and writers go on retreat.
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What can you do, this week, month, or quarter, to unplug from the daily grind and give yourself the luxury of immersion?

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Top 10 Project Management Challenges

Top 10 Project Management Challenges | Business change | Scoop.it
Balancing all the elements of a difficult project – time, money, scope and people – is the project manager’s responsibility.
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From the Sparks of Hope and Frustration: Towards a New Sustainable Economy

From the Sparks of Hope and Frustration: Towards a New Sustainable Economy | Business change | Scoop.it
That we need to be playing a different game is becoming increasingly recognized. Even mainstream commentators like the FT's Martin Woolf are calling for new and radical approaches in the running of our economies. Isabel Sebastian picks up this challenge with great gusto, and makes a great case for promoting Wellbeing Economics as a means of re-framing the game of economy and commerce. She includes practical proposals for the business and policy agendas -- and how we can look beyond CSR to create the dynamic space for genuine business and economic transformation.

Transformation necessarily requires us to rethink our institutions, including our legal frameworks -- do they adequately support our aims, or do they hinder the changes we need to make?
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'Change we must -- if we are to make the necessary transition to a sustainable world.' ~ Michael Townsend

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Elías Manuel Sánchez Castañeda's curator insight, May 5, 1:33 PM

Michael Townsend alert us “Transformation necessarily requires us to rethink our institutions, including our legal frameworks”, and challenges us “do they adequately support our aims, or do they hinder the changes we need to make?”

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Change Management Is Understood; Change Leadership Is Overlooked

Change Management Is Understood; Change Leadership Is Overlooked | Business change | Scoop.it
The effects of change are felt up, down, and around our organizations. Change can be seen as positive or negative, exciting or demoralizing, vital or unnecessary, easy or difficult-often all of the above.

The role of mid- and senior-level leaders in making change happen is critical. Managers of teams, projects, departments, and functions are in a unique and powerful position. These are the leaders who must translate the vision of change from the C-Suite to the ground troops, help direct reports navigate the emotions of change and transition, and influence change agents to generate alignment and commitment for the change effort to be successful.

How can managers become better equipped to steer their organizations and their people through change?
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"To gain the desired results from a new direction, system, or initiative, organizations need the benefit of change leadership along with change management. " ~ CCL

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David Hain's curator insight, April 27, 7:33 AM

Useful! White paper from the Center for Creative Leadership on leading change effectively.

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, April 27, 11:46 AM

I am a great fan of the Center for Creative Leadership and this article is representative of some of the ideas you will find there.

Ian Berry's curator insight, April 29, 3:18 AM

I like the model on page 2 of the report It very well simplify's the difference between change leadership and change management.

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What does globalisation mean for leadership culture?

What does globalisation mean for leadership culture? | Business change | Scoop.it
How is globalisation changing leadership requirements and influencing business decisions? Gurnek Bains, author and Future Talent Conference 2015 speaker, discusses. Until recently globalisation essentially meant Western companies exporting their products, leaders and ways of doing business to other parts of the world. This has changed and today many companies from emerging markets are stepping on …
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All companies are rooted in home territory.  To be global means overcoming that rather than exporting "home" across the world. 

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Jaro Berce's curator insight, April 17, 7:38 AM

It means ALL and more ...

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When Your Business Navigates Change, Involve Your Employees in the Process Early

When Your Business Navigates Change, Involve Your Employees in the Process Early | Business change | Scoop.it
Whether the transitions arise from external forces or strategic decisions, gathering input from your staffers can help lessen their negative reactions.

Via Anne Leong, Roy Sheneman, PhD
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We deal with change all the time in our private lives, so get people involved early to avoid misinformation and disinformation.

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Roy Sheneman, PhD's curator insight, February 13, 9:01 AM

Great sage advice.  Change does not have to be painful, when you include others in the decisions, it helps take the edge off.

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Hacking for Innovation with Elliott Masie | Big Think

Hacking for Innovation with Elliott Masie | Big Think | Business change | Scoop.it
Futurist and Business/Learning expert Elliott Masie recently visited Big Think to discuss the positive qualities of hacking. No, not  the sort of hacking that just this week brought Sony Pictures to its knees. Masie's talking about hackathons:

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Need to be more disruptive in 2015? Consider a hackathon.

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Innovation Excellence | The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking

Innovation Excellence | The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking | Business change | Scoop.it

As a means or algorithm to discover options for planning, I have identified what I call the Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking. These dimensions come from both academic theory and my personal consulting experience. I have spent over twenty years teaching Strategic Development at both the Ph.D. level and MBA level in several universities in Minnesota. I have read numerous textbooks and business books on strategy as well as the more famous works by Sun Tzu, Clausewitz, Machiavelli, Ohmae, Porter and many other theorists over the years. More importantly, I have had firsthand experience doing strategic planning in health care organizations, manufacturing organizations, industry associations, non-profits and government organizations for more than twenty five years now. 


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'All models are wrong, but some are useful.' ~ George EP Box.  Heres a useful framework for strategic implementation 

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5 Ways Leaders Strengthen And Prepare Their Teams For Change

5 Ways Leaders Strengthen And Prepare Their Teams For Change | Business change | Scoop.it

Leadership is about taking the initiative to do the things others would rather avoid doing – and about allowing risk to be your best friend.   Leaders make those around them better by being wise enough to anticipate the unexpected and by being accountable to take action all the way through to the end. They know how to help their teams tackle change head-on and remove the fear-factor from their minds. They do this by creating environments that embrace clarity around the issues, collaboration to produce new ideas, and strategic focus. They build solid ecosystems where thinking courageously and challenging the old ways of doing things create competitive advantage.

As many companies enter 2015 in full-blown transformation mode, the value of leadership lies within the outcomes of reinventing the ways teams think, act and innovate.  Leaders must become change agents and must teach their teams to do the same to assure circumstances don’t force their hand and to create and sustain the required momentum to win.


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Was there ever a time that was more uncertain than today? Are leaders prepared to manage it by strengthening teams around them?

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Strategic principles for competing in the digital age | McKinsey & Company

Strategic principles for competing in the digital age | McKinsey & Company | Business change | Scoop.it
Digitization is rewriting the rules of competition, with incumbent companies most at risk of being left behind. Here are six critical decisions CEOs must make to address the strategic challenge posed by the digital revolution.

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Samira Tou's curator insight, December 18, 2014 3:52 PM
Very well structured article which encompasses a lot of the challenges different businesses are going through or will have to go through to remain strong in the digital transformation process - And a wise quote "(...) digitization is a moving target. (...) [it] is a journey, not a destination (...)" 
Foglino's curator insight, December 19, 2014 9:11 AM

Effective ongoing presence in the proper social media with the prpper messages is certainly a good start.

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Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management

Appreciative Inquiry for Change Management | Business change | Scoop.it

As anyone who has worked in a large enterprise knows, organizations often fail to acknowledge and leverage the human side in their change initiatives, and they struggle mightily as a result. Psychologists Sarah Lewis and Jonathan Passmore, and consultant Stefan Cantore offer an overview of a variety of conversation-based change management methods in use today, with a particular focus on “Appreciative Inquiry” (AI). Because people create and exist in organizations, these collectives suffer the same conflict, chaos and endless complexity that human beings do, so it makes sense to bring human sensibilities into the business world.


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Appreciative Inquiry is a perfect change vehicle for our times.  Engage people in creating a different future!

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Top 4 change management comic strips

Top 4 change management comic strips | Business change | Scoop.it
Change management comic – Resistance to change

Expecting resistance to change and planning for it from the start of your change management progamme will allow you to effectively manage objections. Understanding the most common reasons people object to change gives you the opportunity to plan your change strategy.
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Nice points made with humour by @Torben Rick

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Gary Bamford's curator insight, December 16, 2014 2:07 AM

As one of my bosses used to say, if you going to make a change may as well make a big one - usually just before the software never worked again! Enjoy.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, December 16, 2014 5:28 AM

Funny and true:-)

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From the Knowledge Economy to the Human Economy

From the Knowledge Economy to the Human Economy | Business change | Scoop.it

Over the course of the 20th century, the mature economies of the world evolved from being industrial economies to knowledge economies. Now we are at another watershed moment, transitioning to human economies—and the shift has profound implications for management.


This notion of a human operating system appeals to me because it hints at how fundamental the commitment to humanity has to be in a company. Many times, we see businesses launching initiatives or projects that take on problems such as bureaucracy or bribery. Think about these efforts as programs or “apps”—they are individually targeted at important problems, but without an operating system that lets them talk to each other and to the “hardware” of the organization, they can’t accomplish much.

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Study of >1,000 CEOs: above all they seek people who are collaborative, communicative, creative, and flexible - using human skills!

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