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Entrepreneurs Can Revitalize The Image Of Business

Entrepreneurs Can Revitalize The Image Of Business | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Large corporations and conglomerates, the engines of growth and vitality in the twentieth century, have lost their edge and their image. They have proven themselves unable to innovate, and they have lost more jobs than they create. 


It’s time to move on to a new way of thinking, living, and doing business.

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The 5 Hidden Superpowers of Balanced Creative Teams

The 5 Hidden Superpowers of Balanced Creative Teams | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Are you an enforcer? Or maybe you're more of an emotional quarterback? A well-balanced team has a few superpowers like these that transcend role or experience.

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Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation From Mind To Method

Creative Strategy: A Guide for Innovation From Mind To Method | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

We develop and use expert intuition every day, in all kinds of tasks. Most professional training increases expert intuition, but expert intuition can be the enemy of innovation. Expert intuition cannot solve a strategic or creative problem, which by definition is a new situation.


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William Duggan of Columbia Business School discusses a set of steps that can be used to apply strategic intuition, outlining a formal method for innovation.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 18, 2013 4:19 AM

A method for developing innovation.

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Here's What The Marketing Organization Of The Future Should Look Like

Here's What The Marketing Organization Of The Future Should Look Like | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

2020 isn’t the future; the future is now. Every day, the look and feel and function of marketing is transforming radically - and so the means to keep up must be transforming too.

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Gary Bamford's comment, November 8, 2013 11:42 PM
You had better be selling some serious stuff to pay for that lot ;)
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Lean Goes Better with Coke - the Future of Corporate Innovation

Lean Goes Better with Coke - the Future of Corporate Innovation | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

David Butler is the VP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship of at The Coca-Cola Company – responsible for finding breakthrough innovation and building an entrepreneurial culture. Here’s how he’s shaping the future of corporate innovation.

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Great blog post by Steve Blank on LinkedIn. 

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Your Business Model Is Killing Innovation

Your Business Model Is Killing Innovation | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Innovation is the art of bringing together innovation culture rules and a business model.

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Another fine blog post by Henry Doss.


I suggest you follow Henry on Twitter here: @HenryHartDoss

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Using Open Innovation to Identify the Best Ideas

Using Open Innovation to Identify the Best Ideas | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

To reap the benefits of open innovation, managers must understand what to open, how to open it and how to manage the resulting problems.

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Which parts of your innovation processes should you open up to the wider world?

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Are Multinationals Becoming Less Global?

Are Multinationals Becoming Less Global? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

The recent global recession has directly and deeply impacted the level and nature of cross-border activities. For instance, as reported by UNCTAD (PDF), global FDI fell by 18% to 1.35 trillion US$ in 2012 with respect to 2011 and still remains below 2005-2007 precrisis figures.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 30, 2013 2:04 AM

Local challenges are a powerful barrer to global thinking.

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The Single Greatest Reason The World’s Workforce Is Disengaged

The Single Greatest Reason The World’s Workforce Is Disengaged | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

A global workplace study by Gallup shows that - across 142 countries - only 13% of the working population does much more than show up on time and meet the minimum expectations for their jobs. 

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Excerpt from article:


The reason so many people are distressed in their jobs today is because our traditional ways of managing them no longer work.  To solve our engagement problem, therefore, we must collectively adopt the practices that do work and select into management only the people who have the desire and inclination to implement them. 

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This Sociological Theory Explains Why Wall Street Is Rigged for Crisis

This Sociological Theory Explains Why Wall Street Is Rigged for Crisis | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

In giant, complex systems like global financial markets, terrible accidents are inevitable. 

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The important lesson: failures in complex systems are caused not only by the hardware and software problems but by people and their motivations.

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Enter the White Space – A Business Interpretation of Scott and Amundsen’s Race to the South Pole

Enter the White Space – A Business Interpretation of Scott and Amundsen’s Race to the South Pole | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

In this blog post Jørn Bang Andersen analyses Amundsen and Scott's fascinating and epic race to the South Pole. There are many fine observations in his blog post. A recommended read.

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The Future of Business Models

Learn how people's needs have changed, resulting in changes in future business models. This illustrated storyboard makes it easy to understand. 

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The Future of Work is NOT About Replacing Sharepoint and Email

The Future of Work is NOT About Replacing Sharepoint and Email | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

The future of work is not about replacing sharepoint and email, it’s about re-defining what work means, why we work, and how we work.  Pass this along to anyone who thinks otherwise.

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David Hain's curator insight, October 21, 2013 9:11 AM

Made me laugh, but I should be despairing really...

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:23 PM

We needed to begin the conversation that redefined work a long time ago.

Philippe Rivalant's curator insight, October 22, 2013 7:21 AM

nous parlons d'une évolution du travail ou peut-être d'une révolution du travail...

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Is Capitalism in Trouble?

Is Capitalism in Trouble? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

A wider international movement of CEOs, investors, and business-school professors hope to transform the way business is done, and create a more “sustainable” system of capitalism.

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David Hain's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:39 AM

B Corp, Conscious  Capitalism - more than a coincidence!

Heinz Peter Wallner's curator insight, November 21, 2013 10:28 AM

Ist das überhaupt noch eine Frage? #Langsamdenker

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Bad Behavior Gets "Paid Forward" Even More Than Good

Bad Behavior Gets "Paid Forward" Even More Than Good | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

New research shows that we are more likely to pay greed forward than generosity. Story from Scientific American.

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10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy - This Chart Shows How

10 Corporations Control Almost Everything You Buy - This Chart Shows How | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Ten mega corporations control the output of almost everything you buy; from household products to batteries. But it gets even crazier who when you see who controls the money.

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Thorsten Strauss's curator insight, November 12, 2013 5:33 AM

Great brand overview. 

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Strategy Canvas

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This tool helps you design a strategy canvas with value curves like they are proposed by in the Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne

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Leading Beyond the Status Quo – Do You Deliver and Receive Feedback as a Gift?

Leading Beyond the Status Quo – Do You Deliver and Receive Feedback as a Gift? | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Leading Beyond the Status Quo -  Do You Deliver and Receive Feedback as a Gift?


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Pavel Barta's comment, November 6, 2013 1:48 AM
Yes, 100% agree, but if I may comment. Perhaps even bigger issue we observe within the world of performance management is that those who are not leaders and perhaps are poor performers - do not want to hear any feedback, disbelieving the bad news or simple viewing it as irrelevant. The empirical research shows that good performers (leaders) seek feedback naturally and desire to learn from the same. The issue is that those who need the feedback the most simply don't care. Another need for leadership ...
AlGonzalezinfo's comment, November 6, 2013 5:53 AM
Thanks Pavel, I totally agree and have experienced this. I think David Hain provides some very good guidelines that supervisors can use under these circumstances in the podcast. These are being tough on the behavior, not on the person, and providing actionable feedback. If the supervisor does this and the individual does not want to hear it, its time for an action plan and further escalation.
Gavin Meikle's curator insight, February 23, 3:30 AM

A thought provoking piece on the  value of encouraging a two way feedback culture

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We Don't Care About Your Features - Create Value Instead

We Don't Care About Your Features - Create Value Instead | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

How do you present a business idea to someone? Tim Kastelle takes a look at the challenge. As he says: "I don’t care about your features, I care about getting problems solved."  


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References to work by Alex Osterwalder and Guy Kawasaki:




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6 Things That Could Be Hurting Your Personal Brand

6 Things That Could Be Hurting Your Personal Brand | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it
An expert reveals the steps you may not be taking to make an online name for yourself—and the one website you need to be on.
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The Heart of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

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A special free online edition of London Business School's Business Strategy Review funded by Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

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Read about why companies increasingly want to change the world and make a profit.


Or why innovation is a way out of poverty for billions of people.


Or whether we've learned the lessons from the financial crisis and made sure that our financial institutions now are more robust?

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How Companies Kill Creativity

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About half of “creatives” in a new survey say innovation where they work is stagnant or declining. The main culprit: Lack of time.

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Bureaucracy is a Bogeyman

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Julian Birkinshaw tells the story of how his company struggled for 20 months to receive a payment for some consultancy work. Read this blog post to understand how bureaucracy works and why a lack of accountability flourish in large organizations. 

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Getting From Business Idea to Business Model

Getting From Business Idea to Business Model Watch the story of Beth, Carl, and an idea they believed could become a great business.  



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Strategyzer, the people behind the Business Model Generation, has produced a series of six videos to explain how you build and maintain a succesful business model. 


I love the pedagogical approach that Alexander Osterwalder and his friends have worked hard on producing. This is great as a teaching tool - and should be part of the curriculum in primary school. 


You can also access the videos here on Strategyzer's website. 

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Thorsten Strauss's curator insight, October 25, 2013 10:51 AM

1st of 6 - YouTube Playlist on Business Model Generation by Strategyzer & The Kauffman Foundation. 

 

Some might like the web based version. 
But there is also a FREE canvas download here:

http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com/downloads/business_model_canvas_poster.pdf

 

More about the book, classes and events around the BUSINESS MODEL GENERATION methodology here : 

http://www.businessmodelgeneration.com

 

I bought the book and I love it. It is very visual, walks you through all steps, gives numerous examples and includes a instructions for a complete business model development workshop.

 

I suggest to start with that and then see what enabling tools are right for you. (I am not associated with any of the parties selling these products) 

 

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Separate the thinkers from the doers

Separate the thinkers from the doers | Excellent Business Blogs | Scoop.it

Leaders are ruthless about distinguishing between the “thinkers” and “doers” in their organizations, and they are absolutely clear about the fact that the doers are the heroes of their organizations.


In large multinational businesses, this notion of doers vs. thinkers goes against the grain. It sounds divisive. It counters everything we try to teach about professional development. Isn’t it the goal of professional development to give every employee an opportunity to advance through the organization, from taking orders (doing) to giving orders (thinking)? How insulting, the argument goes, to label someone a “doer.”


It smacks of elitism and seems terribly disempowering.

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