by Sean Blanda “If everything you do needs to work on a three-year time horizon, then you’re competing against a lot of people,” Bezos told Wired in 2011. “But if you’re willing to invest on a seven-year time horizon, you’re now competing against a fraction of those people, because very few companies are willing to do that.” ------- "We can’t realize our potential as people or as companies unless we plan for the long term."------- "In a nod to Bezos’ obsession with long-term thinking, 99U has combed through a dozen interviews and profiles on the CEO and pulled out a handful of his day-to-day habits that can help you keep an eye on the long term, just like Bezos."
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Improvisation and experimentation can lead to big, breakthrough innovation. And innovation, fused with an agile, sophisticated approach to risk management, can create a powerful, value-driving partnership.
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Sitting in a Strategy discussion earlier today an English colleague leaned forward and asked this rather pointed question;“What do you think our competition wished we’d do?”As strategy folks we spend an inordinate amount of time contemplating what we should do. Seldom, if ever, asking what it is our competition fears most about us..
Many companies pursue business process outsourcing to trim costs. But it can evolve into much more.
The number of companies that outsource critical business processes to outside suppliers has been growing significantly worldwide. In 2012, companies outsourced some $309 billion of services — activities including finance and accounting, human resource management, procurement and legal services — and the overall volume has been growing at a rate of around 25% annually.
Although many organizations initiated business process outsourcing (BPO) as part of an effort to reduce costs or acquire new skills, it has since evolved into much more. In relationships companies classify as high-performing, service providers deliver substantial long-term improvements to the client’s operating efficiency and strategic performance.
These types of innovations require companies and service providers to work together. BPO providers do not need incentives to improve their own revenue or margins, but they do need them to focus on the client’s performance. While partners may incentivize innovation by using mechanisms such as productivity targets, allocating innovation days and agreeing to gain share on innovation projects, innovation won’t happen unless clients and providers implement a more comprehensive process that combines acculturation across different organizations, an engaging method for generating ideas, adequate funding and a system for managing change.
“ My goal here is to help people that are trying to build a better world. I want to help make work more interesting. I hope that we can work together to do that. This is why we need to think of innovation as a discipline.”
Via David Hain
Innovative companies are being run by leaders. Innovation departments are run by leaders. Innovation creates leaders. How do we find innovation? Question, which is related to the question: how do we find a leader or to develop leadership qualities in ourselves or our employees.
Via Peter Verschuere, David Hain
“Because enterprise technology has become so deeply infused within every facet of business today, people are often shocked to find out that the tech sector makes up only a tiny portion of global GDP (For his first Influencer post @LinkedIn, Mark...”