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Has Apple Given Up On Innovation?

Has Apple Given Up On Innovation? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Once a company renowned for breaking new ground, Apple is turning into a typical American corporation. Great insight into the evolution of Apple's business model.  

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About Excellent Business Blogs

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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 near future. Leaders need to discover what’s next and play an active role in enacting the change.



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. 


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. 

 

You're welcome to connect via: 

 

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kennethmikkelsen


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


Twitter: www.twitter.com/LeadershipABC

 

Enjoy!

 

Kenneth


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The Innovative Employee: Traits, Knowledge and Company Culture

The Innovative Employee: Traits, Knowledge and Company Culture | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

How can a companies’ ability to innovate be improved?All innovation activity can be traced back to the behavior of employees. That makes the employee the center point of attention, if you want to improve your innovation ability. 

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This article is built around the question: Which personal abilities and traits as well as organizational culture enable an employee to be innovative?

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Nine HR Policies That Drive Good People Away

Nine HR Policies That Drive Good People Away | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

There is a particular, awful feeling you get working in a company that is sinking. You can tell the minute you walk in the door that the energy is off.  If you pay attention to the vibe you get on a job interview, you’ll know when a company is broken. People don’t look you in the eye. No one wants to be there, but you might take the job regardless if you’re out of other options.

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Organising for Innovation: Old Ideas about New Ideas

Organising for Innovation: Old Ideas about New Ideas | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Good organisation design can help companies become more innovative, but first you have to understand the nature of “new ideas” and how to generate them.

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Darrin J Wikoff's curator insight, July 7, 6:40 AM

Innovation occurs when you are forced to "solve a problem that you can't buy your way out of".  This is a great article about the true nature of innovation. To become excellent our business culture must thrive on innovation and recognize when standardization is our greatest constraint.

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Market Specialist Vala Afshar On the Future of Social Business

Market Specialist Vala Afshar On the Future of Social Business | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Market expert Vala Afshar explains how to stay competitive in an ever-changing digital world.

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Adapt or Perish? How About Neither?

Adapt or Perish? How About Neither? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

The business environment is changing - adapt or perish, some say. But there's a third choice - invent the future ourselves. Here are three skills that we need to help us do this.


Via John Hovell
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What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong

What the Theory of “Disruptive Innovation” Gets Wrong | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Clayton Christensen’s theory of “disruptive innovation” is founded on anxiety, fear, and shaky evidence. In this New Yorker article Jill Lepore investigates what the gospel of innovation gets wrong.


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I also recommend that you read Is Clayton Christensen's 'Disruptive Innovation' a Myth? by Frederick E. Allen, leadership editor of Forbes. 

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9 Core Behaviors Of People Who Positively Impact The World

9 Core Behaviors Of People Who Positively Impact The World | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

People who positively impact the world demonstrate 9 core behaviors that set them apart.


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John Michel's curator insight, June 4, 7:59 AM

It’s critical to note that people who’ve made a real difference aren’t all privileged, advantaged or “special” by any stretch.  Many come from disadvantaged families, crushing circumstances and initially limited capabilities, but have found ways to pick themselves up and rise above their circumstances (and their genes) to transform their own lives and those around them.

Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 5, 11:37 PM

All good behaviors and traits to imbibe, if you really want to have a positive impact!

Rémy Ginoux's curator insight, June 7, 4:20 PM

Interesting from my view point, just read them for inspiration, and you will see the link with #KM...“the more you give, the more you get.” !

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Accelerating the Digitization of Business Processes

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Customers have been spoiled. Thanks to companies such as Amazon and Apple, they now expect every organization to deliver products and services swiftly, with a seamless user experience.Many traditional organizations can’t meet these expectations. As a result, attackers born in the digital age can swoop in and disrupt the market through rapid delivery of digital products and services combined with advanced algorithms and full access to information.
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Do Your Own Thing: The Battle of Internal vs External Motivation

Do Your Own Thing: The Battle of Internal vs External Motivation | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

We wait for an outside force to give us that nudge in the right direction – but what if a nudge never comes?


No one is going to tell you “it’s time to act, so get up and get moving."


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How Samsung Gets Innovations to Market

How Samsung Gets Innovations to Market | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Let’s say you’re working in a new market, far away from headquarters, and you need to get approval for an initiative that is somewhat outside the company’s current strategy. What do you do?

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3 Questions Executives Should Ask Front-Line Workers

3 Questions Executives Should Ask Front-Line Workers | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

The higher up you go in an organization, the harder it is to stay in touch with what’s really happening on the front lines. And the bad news - if you hear it at all - is presented only in the best possible light. How do you get the real truth about what’s happening out in the field? How do you stay connected to all corners of your organization? 


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Your Reputation Is The Most Valuable Thing You Possess. Here's How You Maintain It...

Your Reputation Is The Most Valuable Thing You Possess. Here's How You Maintain It... | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Launching a new venture, getting that new job or promotion, bringing together a team of A-players, securing financing from shrewd business connections that you hardly know… these are all potentially life-changing goals. All of them are attainable only if you have built and maintained a stellar reputation. Here’s how. 

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Mastering Digital Marketing

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The era of the traditional marketing campaign is ending. In this interview, McKinsey’s David Edelman explains what companies get wrong when it comes to digital marketing and the changes needed to better engage consumers.

Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

To understand the changing nature of marking I strongly encourage you to also read the July/August 2014 edition of Harvard Business Review. In particular this article: The Ultimate Marketing Machine.


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Agile Business Model Innovation

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Business model innovation(BMI) is risky, but when companies do it with agility, they thrive. This article looks at how Return Path, the global leader in email marketing, met the challenge of applying BMI successfully. The authors interviewed up to 700 CEOs to better understand BMI drivers.

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Business model innovation is the development of novel configurations of resources and transactions to create new markets or serve markets in new ways.

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GE Global Innovation Barometer 2014

Two-thirds of executives surveyed for the GE Global Innovation Barometer believe businesses have to encourage creative behaviors and must disrupt their internal processes in order to do so. They are taking action, embracing the need to transform and adapt to an unprecedented - and at times undefined - reality. 



Kenneth Mikkelsen's insight:

Check the GE Ideas Lab website for further information. 


I also suggest that you read Paul Hobcraft's excellent blog post about the report here

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Four Questions to Revolutionise Your Business Model

Four Questions to Revolutionise Your Business Model | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Innovation is about more than groundbreaking technology. Rigorous, systematic questioning of risks in your business model can unleash opportunities for game changing performance improvements.

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In their new book The Risk-Driven Business Model: Four Questions That Will Define Your Company, Karan Girotra and Serguei Netessine want companies to answer four questions: Who, What, When, and Why in order to revolutionise their business model.


Watch also this related video: The Risk-Driven Business Model.


Karan Girotra blogs on HBR here. Follow him on Twitter: @Girotrak.


Serguei Netessine blogs on HBR here. Follow him on Twitter: 

@snetesin





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How to Kill Quarterly Earnings Guidance

How to Kill Quarterly Earnings Guidance | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Quarterly earnings guidance has outlived its usefulness.


There are instances when it might be perfectly legitimate and value enhancing to issue earnings guidance in an effort to inform the market about material disruptions, shifts in the business model etc., but on the whole, the practice is not a helpful way of building a sustainable business that is geared to succeed in the long-term.


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The New Face of Uncertainty

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Uncertainty is a double edged sword in the human experience - it provides us with excitement, but it also causes us a great deal of stress and discomfort. One of the tricks of life is learning how to stay on this razor’s edge between adventure and catastrophe.


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Can a Company Pay It Forward?

Can a Company Pay It Forward? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

We’ve all heard of “paying it forward” - the idea that one thoughtful act on someone’s part can touch off a chain reaction of good deeds. These are simple, inexpensive gestures that brighten a customer’s day and generate loyalty.

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Sandeep Gautam's curator insight, June 17, 9:06 AM

Create a culture of delighting customers and spreading happiness via pay it forward:-)

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Social Media Marketing Doesn’t Matter

Social Media Marketing Doesn’t Matter | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Social media isn’t enough anymore to give businesses a lift — unless they use it to innovate.


A key predictor of social business maturity and outcomes was whether or not senior leadership saw social business as an opportunity to fundamentally transform the way the company does business. Effective social business is about using these tools to change the way the company does business, not simply using social media as another channel for business as usual.


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Ambition. Discipline. Purpose. The Journey of Being an Entrepreneur with Gurbaksh Chahal

Interesting talk by Gurbaksh Chahal. He is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Radium One. A die-hard internet entrepreneur, he started his first company, at the age of 16.

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How To Get People To Care: Anatomy Of A Trending Hashtag

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Angry Kid-Lit Readers Demonstrate Why Hashtag Activism Isn't Always Useless. Here's What You Can Learn About Sharing Your Message.


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How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Career

How to Use Social Media to Advance Your Career | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Social media is already pretty self-serving. Case in point: selfies. The very term suggests selfishness, self-centeredness. Stand for something bigger than yourself. Give something to others. Your values, insights, and accomplishments should be highlighted through actions. Report the actions in a straightforward, non-hyped manner, and your virtues will speak for themselves.


Then when you need to ask a network for help—finding a job, attracting funding for a venture, getting attention for a book—people will be more willing to help because they’ve experienced something positive. Social media helps you reach strangers, but strangers don’t have to engage with you unless they want to.


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The Customers You Do Not Want

Most market research efforts, says Eric Anderson, a professor of marketing at the Kellogg School of Management, focus on customers’ interactions with a product: Do they enjoy it? Which features do they like, and which do they dislike? But it is also important to pay attention to who these customers are. Feedback from lead users - often professionals or enthusiasts with extreme needs and special insights - has been shown to result in products that other customers enjoy more and that bring in more revenue.


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A new study suggests that feedback from a very different, and unlikely, subset of customers could prove invaluable. Who? Anderson - who collaborated with colleagues Song Lin, Duncan Simester, and Catherine Tucker on the study - calls them “harbingers of failure.” Just as positive feedback from lead users signals that a new product will likely succeed, positive feedback from harbingers signals that a new product is likely to fail.

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The Rise Of Sadvertising: Why Brands Are Determined To Make You Cry

The Rise Of Sadvertising: Why Brands Are Determined To Make You Cry | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Have you been brought to tears by an ad, or five, over the last while? It's not hormones/your meds/the lunar cycle/the polar vortex. Here, we look at the most weepy ads of the last few years and talk to ad players about why brands have gotten so damn emotional.


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