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The days of maintaining systems by hand or as part of a large IT organization are clearly over. Today's infrastructure is dynamic, personalized and malleable...
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Part of the annual GSB Entrepreneurship Conference. As traditional barriers to scale erode, product life cycles compress, and the costs of starting a busines...
Patrick Lencioni gives a talk at the HTB Leadership Conference 2013 at the Royal Albert Hall, London. His talk covers the 5 dysfunctions of a team.
Built on some of Clayton Christensens work at Harvard this algorithm focuses on externalities--market customers and competitors--to predict how new...
"Anyone can be visionary. The Lean Entrepreneur shows you how to:
Apply actionable tips, tricks, and hacks from successful lean entrepreneurs
Leverage the Innovation Spectrum to disrupt existing markets and create new onesDrive strategies for efficient market testing with Minimal Viable ProductsEngage customers with Viability Testing and radically reduce the time and budget for product developmentRapidly create cross-functional innovation teams that devour roadblocks and set new benchmarksBring your organization critical focus on the power of loyal customers and valuable products you can build to serve themLeverage instructive tools, skill-building exercises, and worksheets along with bonus online videos"
If there's a constant thread running through the 34 years that Susan Peters has spent at GE, it's been the company's ability to churn out world class business leaders.
"ROAD TEST YOUR IDEA BEFORE YOU WRITE YOUR LEAN START-UP Thinking about starting a new business? Stop! Is there a genuine market for your idea? Do you really want to compete in that industry? Are you the right person to pursue it? No matter how talented you are or how much capital you have, if you're pursuing a fundamentally flawed opportunity then you're heading for failure. So before you launch your lean start-up, take your idea for a test drive and make sure it has a fighting chance of working.".
Vince Barabba, founder and chairman of Market Insight Corporation, talks about a better approach to decision making, one he calls "The Decision Loom" based on a weaving together of ideas, knowledge, and technology.
"Nathan Furr, an assistant professor at BYU and founder of the International Business Model Competition, presents to students participating in BYU's Business Model Competition."
"Paul Buchheit leads a discussion about what he believes to be the future of venture capital. Paul discusses the Y Combinator model that acts as an incubator for early-stage startups and contrasts it to the traditional model for venture capital.."
Microsoft is killing off its controversial stack-ranking system today. While it could be viewed as an internal change that won’t affect consumers directly, it will have a broad effect on current...
Visionary: Robert Gass
A committed social change agent, Robert Gass has served as consultant/shaman to numerous organizations, including General Motors, Chase Bank, Greenpeace, and MoveOn.org, and taught heartful living and personal effectiveness at such centers such as Omega, Esalen, and the U.N. Peace University. Also a musician, Robert has released over 20 uplifting albums, including the best-selling Om Namah. With host and former IONS president James O'Dea, he shares stories of his own personal and professional challenges and triumphs and the value of meditation and the application of noetic principles to shifting difficult situations from hopeless to life-affirming.
"Amazon.com's founder is a study in contradictions -- analytical and intuitive careful and audacious playful and determined. What really makes this remarkable entrepreneur tick?"
"Mark Pincus, CEO of Zynga, equates building a sustainable online empire with building the skyscrapers that shaped the look of modern cities at the turn of the last century. Pincus reflects upon his 15-20 year career in hi-tech - riddled with many companies who asked him to leave - where he was set ineffective entrepreneurial goals. He discusses the change in his perspective; from garnering ROI, to offering sustainability, to building immortal "Internet treasures" - that is, the type of online utility that forever changes the world. He discusses the importance of thinking from the mountain top, and that the rest of the "distractions" - i.e. IPO's, acquisition, becoming a market leader, etc. - are just fool's gold."
"Provocation-based selling goes beyond the conventional consultative or solution-selling approach, whereby the vendor’s sales team seeks out current concerns in a question-and-answer dialogue with customer managers. And it differs dramatically from the most common approach still in use—product-based selling, which pushes features, functionality, and benefits, usually in a generic manner. Provocation-based selling helps customers see their competitive challenges in a new light that makes addressing specific painful problems unmistakably urgent. This approach isn’t right for every selling situation you’ll face in a downturn, nor does it apply only under challenging economic conditions. But for many companies that see their old approaches losing power, its time has come."
"Many managers chart strategy without a full understanding of the sources and distribution of profits in their industry. Sometimes, they focus their sights on revenues instead of profits, assuming that revenue growth will eventually translate into profit growth. In other cases, they simply lack the data or the analytical tools required to isolate and measure variations in profitability. Whatever the cause, an incomplete understanding of profits can create blind spots in a company’s strategic vision, leading it to overlook attractive profit-building opportunities or to become trapped in areas of weak or fading profitability."
While Plan A may begin the backbone on which an entrepreneurial idea is hinged, succinct data gathering and constant market evaluation more often lead to profit with the next idea in line. The tech sector breeds innovation, says KPCB partner and frequent speaker Randy Komisar, and to do so it is required to accept the numerous fits and starts of the start-up.
"No one embodies the classic, sniff-it-out serial entrepreneur more than Mike Cassidy, who has now built and sold four companies (Stylus Innovation, Direct Hit, Xfire and Ruba), some of them with very impressive exits.."
Complex, cross-functional programs distributed globally are not only pervasive but operate as the arteries of today's firms. This webinar showcases a study of 95 teams in 25 leading corporations, presenting some of the key challenges these programs face and their potential remedies. Speakers: Dr. Behnam Tabrizi, Professors, Stanford University Management Science and Engineering Department; John Warren, Vice President, Strategic Business Solutions at IP Solutions
"One of the challenges of agile development is coming to grips with the role of leaders and managers of self-organizing teams. Many would-be ScrumMasters and agile coaches go to the extreme of refusing to exert any influence on their teams at all. Others retain too much of their prior command-and-control management styles and fail to unleash the creativity and productivity of a self-organizing team.
Leading a self-organizing team can be a fine line. In this session you will learn the proper ways to influence the path taken by a team to solving the problems given to it. You will learn how to become comfortable in this role. You’ll understand why influencing a self-organizing team is neither sneaky nor inappropriate but is necessary.
Drawing on analogies from fields such as evolutionary biology and the study of complex adaptive systems, the instructor will describe three factors necessary for self-organization to occur and then provide seven tools for guiding the direction taken by the team as they self-organize.