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Xi should draw up a new social contract for China

Xi should draw up a new social contract for China | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

It is said that the Chinese Communist party is the world’s most competitive political system. “No country prepares its leaders more diligently,” says one admiring diplomat. “This is the world’s best management school.” For China’s sake, one must hope Mr Xi really has been its most brilliant student.

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The Importance of Doing Nothing

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In today’s networked society we are at risk of becoming victims of information overload. Introspection and reflection have become lost arts as the temptation to ‘just finish this’ or ‘find out that’ is often too great to resist.

 

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Working harder is not necessarily working smarter. In fact slacking off and setting aside regular periods of ‘doing nothing’ may be the best thing we can do to induce states of mind that nurture our imagination and improve our mental health.

 

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When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers

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Since the 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms have increasingly taken over public services like emergency care and firefighting, often with dire effects.

 

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While private equity firms in the US have always invested in a diverse array of companies, including hospitals and nursing homes, their movement into emergency services raises broader questions about the administering of public services. Cities and towns are required to offer citizens a free education, and they generally provide a police force, but almost everything else is fair game for privatisation.

 

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A Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking

A Radical Bet On A New Type Of Design Thinking | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

There is no such thing as a normal human. Our capabilities are always changing.

 

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To build machines that better adapt to humans, there needs to be a more robust process for watching how humans adapt to each other, and to their world.

 

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Achieving a Digital State of Mind

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Digital isn’t merely an add-on; it’s a way to think differently about business models, customer journeys, and organizational agility.

 

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Companies that successfully adopt digital technology don’t view it as an extra; digitization becomes central to what they are because they transform their value propositions and evolve every level of the organization so that it becomes data driven, customer obsessed, and highly agile.

 

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Ricard Lloria's curator insight, March 4, 5:32 AM

Companies that successfully adopt digital technology don’t view it as an extra; digitization becomes central to what they are because they transform their value propositions and evolve every level of the organization so that it becomes data driven, customer obsessed, and highly agile.

 

Christian Bartosik's curator insight, March 5, 4:58 AM

Companies that successfully adopt digital technology don’t view it as an extra; digitization becomes central to what they are because they transform their value propositions and evolve every level of the organization so that it becomes data driven, customer obsessed, and highly agile.

 

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Inequality is now killing middle America

Inequality is now killing middle America | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Life expectancy is now declining for middle-aged white Americans, especially those with a high school education or less.

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Attention is a currency

Did you know that 4.6 billion pieces of content are produced daily? 

In the last 30 years, we as humans have produced more information than in the previous 5,000.


We check our phones 110 times a day and email 30 times every hour.


Social media has overtaken everything to become the number one activity on the web.

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Attention is a Currency is a witty call-to-arms encouraging marketers to create remarkable content. Produced by Brian Solis, GapingVoid and Linkedin. 

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New technologies disrupting the legal sector

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Law firms look set to update their technology systems in a bid to steal a competitive edge over laggards who fail to see changing business needs.


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In their book the Future of the Professions, Richard and Daniel Susskind identify what they say are common biases that inhibit professionals from thinking freely about the future. Apart from the strong “status quo bias” there is “irrational rejectionism”, the dogmatic dismissal of a system with which the sceptic has no direct experience or because their own profession is unique.


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10 Best Lines Steve Jobs Used in a Presentation

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Apple's iconic co-founder had an unmatched talent for zeroing on what's most important.


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In presentation after presentation, at Macworld, his unforgettable Stanford commencement speech, and elsewhere, Jobs shared insights that will remain useful for decades to come or more. Here's the best of what he had to say.


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Saadia Asif's curator insight, November 15, 2015 3:21 AM

Saying the right thing at the right time is a talent and Steve Jobs had it in droves.  Some amazing lines that manage to sum up so much of what we think about every day. 

Saadia Asif's curator insight, November 15, 2015 3:23 AM

Branding has few success stories like Apple and a lot of that was attributable to Steve Jobs. A man with the knack for summing up the concerns of the day in a single line.

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Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things

Psychology Of Fraud: Why Good People Do Bad Things | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Enron, Worldcom, Bernie Madoff — the past decade has brought us a long parade of headlines involving unethical behavior. And that's led researchers to a disturbing conclusion: The vast majority of us are not only capable of behaving in profoundly unethical ways, but without realizing it, we do it all the time. 

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In general, when we think about bad behavior, we think about it being tied to character: Bad people do bad things. But that model, researchers say, is profoundly inadequate.


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Nobody Cares How Hard You Work

Nobody Cares How Hard You Work | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

As you sink into the couch, or slide onto the barstool, at the end of an exhausting workday, it’s hard not to experience the warm glow of self-congratulation. After all, you put in the hours, cranked through the to-do list; you invested the effort, and got things done. Surely you’re entitled to a little smugness?


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Will we ever decouple perceived effort and long hours with our rewards system?

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John E Smith's curator insight, October 18, 2015 5:49 PM
Hard news to hear for us workaholics, but reinforces focusing on the results, rather than the effort.
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Is Overwork Killing You?

Is Overwork Killing You? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Given the physical and social harm that overwork can do, and the productivity losses organizations suffer, why do we keep at it?



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Gianpiero Petriglieri argues that commitment to work is no longer the consequence of organizational loyalty. It is an expression of talent.


In an age where talent, passion, and authenticity are hailed as virtues and antidotes to the uncertainty of the workplace, so-called overwork may well be their dark side. As we are urged to have a romantic, rather then instrumental, relationship with work, we should not be surprised that it threatens our families, our productivity, and our health. Romance has long been known for making us lose our minds. It is no different when work is involved.


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Is Your Business Ready for a Digital Future?

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Successfully incorporating today’s digital technologies requires companies to operate in new ways. However, many employees are not impressed with how their companies are responding to digital trends.



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Strategy, not technology, drives digital transformation

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What’s the most important driver of organizational digital maturity—social, mobile, analytics, or cloud? None of the above, according to the latest MIT Sloan Management Review and Deloitte digital business study.


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About the research

To understand the challenges and opportunities associated with the use of social and digital business, MIT Sloan Management Review, in collaboration with Deloitte, conducted its fourth annual survey of more than 4,800 business executives, managers and analysts from organizations around the world. The survey, conducted in the fall of 2014, captured insights from individuals in 129 countries and 27 industries and involved organizations of various sizes. The sample was drawn from a number of sources, including MIT alumni, MIT Sloan Management Review  subscribers, Deloitte Dbriefs webcast subscribers and other interested parties. In addition to our survey results, we interviewed business executives from a number of industries, as well as technology vendors, to understand the practical issues facing organizations today. Their insights contributed to a richer understanding of the data. Surveys in the three previous years were conducted with a focus on social business. This year’s study has expanded to include digital business.


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How a Corporate Cult Captures and Destroys Our Best Graduates

How a Corporate Cult Captures and Destroys Our Best Graduates | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Universities should defend students against lovebombing by banks and consultancy firms – before it ruins their lives.



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Excellent column in The Guardian by @GeorgeMonbiot


Excerpt from the column:


To seek enlightenment, intellectual or spiritual; to do good; to love and be loved; to create and to teach: these are the highest purposes of humankind. If there is meaning in life, it lies here.


Those who graduate from the leading universities have more opportunity than most to find such purpose. So why do so many end up in pointless and destructive jobs? Finance, management consultancy, advertising, public relations, lobbying: these and other useless occupations consume thousands of the brightest students. To take such jobs at graduation, as many will in the next few weeks, is to amputate life close to its base.


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The Fatal Bias

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Overall cost leadership is not a viable strategy. This is the key discovery to have come out of the most extensive and thorough study of corporate performance ever conducted. Michael Raynor and Mumtaz Ahmed, both with Deloitte, examined the performance of more than 25,000 US companies over a 40-year period.


Their aim was to identify companies with sustained levels of high returns on assets and to find an explanation in terms of the strategies pursued by these companies. The most provocative of their ground-breaking findings challenges Michael Porter’s assumption that overall cost leadership is one of three generically viable competitive strategies.


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The prevailing managerial bias towards cost efficiency is seriously harmful to corporate performance.


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Disrupting Banking

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Can online P2P lenders deliver disruptive innovation to the world of banking?


The core reason why CEOs of commercial banks should have major strategic concerns about the threat these companies pose to their future profitability is simple – in the market for a wide and growing variety of loan types, from unsecured consumer loans to secured business loans, these loan platforms offer compelling absolute and relative customer value propositions.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Banking may be on the cusp of an industrial revolution the upshot of which could be the most radical reconfiguration of banking in centuries.


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Beyond design thinking

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Design thinking without deep analysis and synthesis can be reckless. Leading companies are seeking to do both recursively and in integrated new ways to manage complexity, derive insights, and catalyze innovation in fast-changing ecosystems.


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Too often advocates of “design” overreach, regarding it as an elixir that can somehow transform conservative companies into creative ones. In the most egregious cases, advocates suggest design thinking can somehow replace nearly all other forms of analysis, planning, and strategy.


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How to Build a Meaningful Career

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Everyone aspires to have purpose or meaning in their career but how do you actually do that? What practical steps can you take today or this month to make sure you’re not just toiling away at your desk but you’re doing something you genuinely care about?


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we often pick jobs for the wrong reasons. We look for things that we’re proud to talk about at a cocktail party or look good on a resume. But rarely are those the things that translate to satisfaction.


Here are some practical steps you can take toward a larger goal. 


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The Networked Customer

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All over the world, Companies have woken up with a social media hangover. After many years and dollars of investment in developing heavy duty social media programs and platforms, companies are now finding that they are forced to pay to engage with the audiences they worked so hard to build. They realize they have been renting their customer communities.


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Businesses that create online communities with their customers will realize more value and have a healthier lifespan than their competitors who don’t.


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Make It OK for Employees to Challenge Your Ideas

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Kodak. Sears. Borders. The mere mention of any of these companies brings to mind the struggle to stay relevant amid today’s technology and boundless alternatives.


Via Chris Shern
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Too many leaders — especially senior ones — inhabit “white space” where they are isolated from critical information and feedback.  



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Chris Shern's curator insight, May 7, 2015 4:16 PM

This is basically at the heart of the Danish management style. It is extremely effective to ensure everyone is heard which I feel is vital in an organisation. 

It most certainly requires a strong leader.

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The Eight Essentials of Innovation

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Strategic and organizational factors are what separate successful big-company innovators from the rest of the field. 


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Big companies do not easily reinvent themselves as leading innovators. Too many fixed routines and cultural factors can get in the way. For those that do make the attempt, innovation excellence is often built in a multiyear effort that touches most, if not all, parts of the organization.


Research suggest that any company looking to make this journey will maximize its probability of success by closely studying and appropriately assimilating the leading practices of high-performing innovators. Taken together, these form an essential operating system for innovation within a company’s organizational structure and culture.


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The Power of Platforms

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What’s increasingly evident is that every company now needs to have an explicit platform strategy – to create one or to avail themselves to those of others.

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Properly designed business platforms can help create and capture new economic value and scale the potential for learning across entire ecosystems.


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Is Any Industry Safe From disruption?

Is Any Industry Safe From disruption? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

The common denominator across every disruptive scenario is the growing urgency for scenario analysis and response generation. The historical challenges that traditional companies have with rapid experimentation and prototyping are a growing concern. Not all responses are viable responses, and the days of spending years and millions evaluating alternatives are gone.


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Scott Brown's curator insight, May 10, 2015 4:24 PM

No.  But seeing the light coming down the tracks is a rare talent.  

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Do happy employees lead to higher profits?

Do happy employees lead to higher profits? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Alex Bryson examines the latest research establishing a link between the wellbeing of a company's employees and its profits and productivity.


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Few Companies Actually Succeed at Going Global

Few Companies Actually Succeed at Going Global | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

We all like to learn from the best. So when it comes to growth it’s tempting to take global high-performers like GE, IBM, Shell, or BMW as role models and look for opportunities outside the home markets.

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An analysis of 20,000 companies in 30 countries, shows that companies selling abroad had an average Return on Assets (ROA) of minus 1% as long as five years after their move. It takes 10 years to reach a modest +1% and only 40% of companies turn in more than 3%.

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Thinker ★ Speaker ★ Writer ★ Leadership Adviser ★ Learning Designer ★ Neo-Generalist

Kenneth Mikkelsen is co-founder of FutureShifts. We help visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organisational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.