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Our Top Insights, Talks, and Tweets of 2012

Our Top Insights, Talks, and Tweets of 2012 | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it
From reinventing resumes to harnessing the power of boredom, we collect our most popular content from 2012.
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About Excellent Business Blogs

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The purpose of this site - Excellent Business Blogs - is to highlight some of my favorite articles, videos, graphics and audio that offers a fresh perspective on the transition we face in the modern workplace. 


Leaders cannot win in today’s business world with yesterday’s tools and strategies. In a slower moving, less confusing and more predictable world, things just didn’t change too much, too often or too dramatically.


The problem now is that world does not exist any more! As a result, the mindsets, attitudes, beliefs, processes and leadership competencies that have served us in the past, are not likely to be appropriate today, or in the nearorite articles, videos, graphics and audio that offers a fresh perspective on the transition we face in the modern workplace. 

 

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About Kenneth Mikkelsen


I believe that knowledge is everything. Knowledge is ideas. Knowledge is power. Knowledge is hope. 

But only if it is shared and applied.


That is why I created Excellent Business Blogs on Scoop.it. My personal aim is to provide you with stories you can learn and grow from. The kind of stories that provokes personal reflection and constructive action. 

I'm co-founder of FutureShifts, a consultancy that helps visionary companies identify and tackle the big shifts in the world by cultivating the skills, mindsets, behaviors and organizational cultures needed to succeed in times of change.


You're welcome to connect via: 

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethmikkelsen

Google+: https://plus.google.com/+KennethMikkelsen

Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

I hope you'll be inspired.

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth

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Balancing Exploration and Exploitation

Balancing Exploration and Exploitation | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it
New research offers insights into factors that can affect the decision-making process.
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What strategies can improve decision making?


Scholars have argued that companies can develop greater ambidexterity as they search for better ways to balance practices supporting optimal “exploitation” of existing opportunities and those promoting “exploration” of new ones.


Although much of the research on corporate ambidexterity has been focused on how companies can best achieve ambidexterity, less attention has been paid to how the cognitive processes of individual managers can shape performance on a broader level.

New research by Daniella Laureiro-Martínez, Stefano Brusoni, Nicola Canessa and Maurizio Zollo shifts the discussion. In an article published in Strategic Management Journal, the authors describe how different regions of the brain control different cognitive activities. 


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Why Every Part of Your Company Should Be Focused on Giving

Why Every Part of Your Company Should Be Focused on Giving | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Most businesses are created to provide a service or product that fills a need in the market, or helps customers overcome a challenge. However, a recent study shows that rather than service, “greed” is the word that most often comes to mind when Americans hear the word “corporation.”


How often do you take time to focus on the “why” in what your company is doing? (And hopefully that “why” is not purely “to make money.”) How often is that communicated to the team? How often is that communicated to your customers?


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Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits

Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Navi Radjou has spent years studying "jugaad," also known as frugal innovation. Pioneered by entrepreneurs in emerging markets who figured out how to get spectacular value from limited resources, the practice has now caught on globally. Peppering his TED talk with a wealth of examples of human ingenuity at work, Radjou also shares three principles for how we can all do more with less.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Navi Radjou is co-author of two books that I treasure: Jugaad Innovation and From Smart to Wise.


In February 2015, Navi's latest book Frugal Innovation will be published. 


You can follow Navi on Twitter here: @NaviRadjou.


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In this insightful talk Navi Radjou details a wealth of examples of innovations developed from emerging markets. What is apparent across the examples he presents is that these entrepreneurs in emerging economies are not ‘making do with less’ but ‘making better with less’. They are converting adversity into opportunity, opportunity that inspires true human ingenuity, improving quality of life across the globe. 

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How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys

How Lego Became The Apple Of Toys | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

After a decade-long slump, Lego has rebuilt itself into a global juggernaut. An exclusive look inside the company's top-secret Future Lab.

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In the last 10 years, Lego has grown into nothing less than the Apple of toys: a profit-generating, design-driven miracle built around premium, intuitive, highly covetable hardware that fans can’t get enough of. Last year, fueled in part by The Lego Movie’s Pixar-size popularity, the privately held company briefly surged ahead of rival Mattel to become the biggest toy manufacturer in the world, reporting first-half profits of $273 million on revenue of $2.03 billion. It’s a remarkable achievement, particularly considering that Mattel makes a huge range of products—including ­Barbie, Hot Wheels, Fisher-Price, and even the Lego knockoffs Mega Bloks - while Lego mostly sticks to variations on a single toy. The company has recently moved beyond its core markets of Europe and North America with a major push into Asia, where it saw double-digit growth in 2013. A brand-new manufacturing and distribution center in China is being built solely to meet growing demand on that side of the planet.


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What Resilience Means, and Why It Matters

What Resilience Means, and Why It Matters | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

A small but intriguing new survey by a pair of British consultants confirms the importance of resilience to business success.

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The Future Of Social Enterprise In 2015

The Future Of Social Enterprise In 2015 | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

The social enterprise space has definitely come of age in recent years, growing by leaps and bounds and gaining momentum even as you read this. But there’s no denying that it gets harder from here.


The year ahead is filled with a mixed bag of challenges and opportunities. Consumers are ready to be conscious, but most don’t know where to start. Capital is becoming more available for social enterprise pursuits, but securing the right investment at the right time is still an elusive proposition for most impact organizations. The social enterprise movement is building quite a fan base, but its popularity could unintentionally lead to an identity crisis, a crisis of confidence, or both, if we don’t move forward strategically.


With all the above in mind, where is social enterprise really headed in 2015 and beyond?


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Three simple things conscious capitalism must do to grow in the New Year.


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Desire for power and status is driving our unsustainable world

Desire for power and status is driving our unsustainable world | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

It is time for all of us to wear the ‘sandals of humility' if we are to end division and inequality in society.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Rampant egos are a major problem in driving our unsustainable world, because the accompanying need for status drives consumption.


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European Identity: Strength or Weakness?

European Identity: Strength or Weakness? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

With Europe in a state of flux, is the continent heading for a national identity crisis?

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Excerpt from the article: 


Some of these distinct European patterns contribute to a more sustainable form of leadership. For example, while the American style of leadership includes a bias toward short-term gains, an inordinate focus on capital markets and finance, and an over-simplistic understanding of the concept of shareholder value, Europe’s leadership orientation can be described as a more responsible kind of capitalism held in check by the institutions of civil society. Compared to the U.S., social responsibility is much more at the forefront.


The European leadership model is also more rooted in a long-term mentality. Granted, the European consensus-orientated leadership style comes at the price of speed, but once everyone is involved and on board in the decision-making process, the execution of decisions becomes increasingly faster.


Furthermore, Europeans, compared to the U.S., give greater importance to a balanced perspective on the past, present and future. The more historical orientation of Europeans contributes to a greater concern about continuity, making them possibly less equipped to deal with transformational change.


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The Digital Transformation Symphony: When IT and Business Play in Sync

Digital Masters, such as Starbucks, that leverage digital technologies effectively, differentiate themselves from their peers by consciously striving to build a close relationship between IT and the business. However, Digital Masters are exceptions. The IT-business relationship in most organizations is often a fractious relationship rather than a marriage of equals.


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Digital Double-Down: How Digital Transformers will Leap Ahead

Digital Double-Down: How Digital Transformers will Leap Ahead | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

There's a sharp differences between companies that see digital technology simply as a tool for improving performance and those for which digital technology is a strategic focus. For these market leaders, the terms “digital” and “strategy” may soon be synonymous.


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Read how some companies are increasing investments to drive digital transformation and accelerate ahead of their competition.

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Our Obsession With Scalability Must End

Our Obsession With Scalability Must End | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Our obsession with scalability is getting in the way of unleashing the potential of the 21st century. We are so fixated with scalability we have taken our eye off of delivering value at every scale including the most important scale of one. The Industrial Era did that to us.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Business schools minted CEOs who became share-taking clones of one another. It was all about scale. Bigger was always better. So what if the predominant business model doesn’t serve everyone’s needs? So what if it doesn’t even serve existing customers well? Scalability and share taking became about protecting the predominant business model by preventing the emergence of new business models. Incumbents do everything in their power to erect regulatory and legal moats to keep new business models out of the market.


Excellent blog post by Saul Kaplan. I highly recommend reading it and while you're at it follow Saul on Twitter here: @skap5

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The world needs to stop listening to American MBAs

The world needs to stop listening to American MBAs | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

The latest ranking of business schools has just been released by the Princeton Review and a certain type of business school continues to dominate—American ones. Having earned their reputation over the years by producing some of the world’s top business leaders, their influence stretches far beyond the lecture theater into the business world and society more widely.


But more questions must be asked of the huge level of influence they have. They have arguably had a disproportionate—and sometimes damaging—effect on the world of business. This isn’t necessarily an argument of quality. But the culture they have propounded has in many ways hurt the global economy—which business schools should exist to serve.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

In our current economic situation, there needs to be new clarity and a re-definition of what business schools are for, taking us back to basics. Business schools should be judged and valued on their relevance and what they contribute to business and to economies.


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Improving Digital Innovation in Large Enterprise: Strengthening e-Leadership at C-level

Improving Digital Innovation in Large Enterprise: Strengthening e-Leadership at C-level | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

If your company doesn’t want to miss out on the new opportunities IT offers for business innovation, you need people at C-level with a challenging combination of competencies: they have to be digitally literate, business aware and be able to engage in conversations together about digital and the possibilities for transformation.


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New data from a European survey shows that the bigger enterprises are finding it particularly difficult to get this “e-leadership” mix in place.


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The Best Digital Business Models Put Evolution Before Revolution

The Best Digital Business Models Put Evolution Before Revolution | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

What, another clarion call urging executives to fundamentally rethink their business models through digital technology? The business media have had no shortage of these.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

While revolutionary business model changes can be valuable, you don’t necessarily need to transform your industry. You don’t need to destroy your current business model. There is another way to make money from business model innovation. Sometimes it’s better to think a bit smaller so you can set yourself up for big results.

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How Your Brain Responds to Performance Rankings

Neuroscience shows why numbers-based HR management is obsolete. Watch this video to see why traditional employee evaluations are flawed.


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This video related to the findings presented in an article, Kill Your Performance Ratingspublished in the autumn edition 2014 of Strategy+Business Magazine. 


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How 2015 will be the Year of Digital Transformation

How 2015 will be the Year of Digital Transformation | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Dive into some of the common themes, challenges and opportunities that stand before digital marketers as we begin 2015.


Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

There’s no end-state to digital transformation. Digital is constantly changing, and investing in technology and business models to engage digital customers is an exercise in ongoing agility and adaptation.


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Before a Merger, Consider Company Cultures Along with Financials

Before a Merger, Consider Company Cultures Along with Financials | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

A normal acquisition process seeks to ensure something basic: a strategic rationale for a deal, supported by a thoughtful selection process, with known risks identified by a short, intense due diligence.

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Does Power Lead to Corruption?

Does Power Lead to Corruption? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Scientific research shows that, whatever an individual’s personality type, power leads to antisocial decisions – and testosterone plays an important part too.


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Seven Questions to Make Sure Your Company is Built Around Customers

Seven Questions to Make Sure Your Company is Built Around Customers | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Is your company doing everything it possibly can to be useful and compelling to customers? This article from London Business School's BSR Magazine provides seven essential questions to make sure customers come first.


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The seven strategic questions to ask are: 


1. Why - precisely - should anyone give us their money?

2. Are we offering the very best in our chosen segment? 

3. Are we making buying from us as easy as possible?

4. Are they telling all their friends great things about us?

5. Are some within our organisation pushing customers away? 

6. Are we asking them what else we could do for them?

7. Are we asking customers to help us innovate?


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Rethinking the role of the strategist

Rethinking the role of the strategist | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Strategic planning has been under assault for years. But good strategy is more important than ever. What does that mean for the strategist?


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While nothing new, the weaknesses of traditional strategic planning - characterized by a lockstep march toward a series of deliverables and review meetings according to a rigid annual calendar - have been amplified by the importance of agility in a rapidly changing world.

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A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy

A List of Goals Is Not a Strategy | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

If you’ve been struggling to develop strategy and write your strategic plan, what you may have been missing up till now is a method. These steps will help.


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Graham Kenny suggests that people should include these three steps in their strategic planning: 


  1. Identify which stakeholders you depend on for success
  2. Recognize what you want from your stakeholders
  3. Recognize what your stakeholders want from you


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Are Most CEOs Too Old to Innovate?

Are Most CEOs Too Old to Innovate? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Researchers have identified this type of curve in a wide range of creative professions, though the peak age varies by activity. On its face, this data suggests that by the time most CEOs make it to the corner office, their most creative, innovative years are behind them.


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OTHERWISE: Looking Ahead Into a New Economy

There's business as usual and there's business otherwise.


Interesting new magazine from EDHEC Business School. Sign up for free delivery of the magazine here


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Identifying the Biases Behind Your Bad Decisions

Identifying the Biases Behind Your Bad Decisions | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

By now the message from decades of decision-making research and recent popular books such as Daniel Kahneman’s Thinking, Fast and Slow should be clear: The irrational manner in which the human brain often works influences people’s decisions in ways that they and others around them fail to anticipate. The resulting errors prevent us from making sound business and personal decisions, even when we’ve accumulated abundant work experience and knowledge.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Since it is so difficult to rewire the human brain in order to fundamentally undo the patterns that lead to biases, behavioral economics advocates that we accept human decision-making errors as given and instead focus on altering the decision-making context in ways that lead to better outcomes.


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We will never make perfect decisions, but we can learn how to approach and review the decisions we do make.

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How to (Gradually) Become a Different Company

How to (Gradually) Become a Different Company | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

How can a company, through a sustained process of acquiring and divesting assets, changes the mix of its business portfolio  purposefully shift the core of its activities?

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Five tips for shifting your core business.

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