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Eurozone: Consumers to the rescue - Global Economic Outlook, Q2 2015, Deloitte

Eurozone: Consumers to the rescue - Global Economic Outlook, Q2 2015, Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The economic outlook for the Eurozone economy is torn between two poles: better-than-expected performance of the real economy vs. growing doubt about the integrity of the Eurozone.
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The Difference Between a Research Analyst and Everyone Else

The Difference Between a Research Analyst and  Everyone  Else | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

 How do you tell apart someone that investigates, analyzes, and presents about technical trends – versus those that practice management and delivery daily (managers and practitioners), or those that just write about it as news reporting (journalists).  This is a particularly important question for me, since there are many practitioners (including consultants) that think they are top notch analysts (“what can you tell me that I haven’t already figured out myself”), as do many journalists  ( “I dont just report, I analyze”).  So I had the opportunity to watch all three in action, hopefully dispassionately, and here’s my somewhat tongue in cheek three simple rules for distinguishing a good analyst:

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Real Innovators Don’t Fear Failure - Sloan

Real Innovators Don’t Fear Failure - Sloan | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

One way to learn, argue Paul J.H. Schoemaker (Wharton School) and Steven Krupp (DSI), is to “try to fail fast, often and cheaply in search of innovation.”  Does your business encourage experiments and “failing fast” as a source of innovation and quick learning?That’s one of the six questions posed by Paul J.H. Schoemaker (Wharton School) and Steven Krupp (DSI) in their article “The Power of Asking Pivotal Questions,” in the Winter 2015 issue of MIT Sloan Management Review . The article builds on the authors’ new book, Winning the Long Game: How Strategic Leaders Shape the Future (PublicAffairs, 2014). Schoemaker and Krupp write that asking “what if” questions challenges executives to incorporate broader perspectives. It stimulates “out-of-the-box dialogues that help leaders make better choices and find innovative solutions sooner.”

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Roundup Of Analytics, Big Data & Business Intelligence Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2015

Roundup Of Analytics, Big Data & Business Intelligence Forecasts And Market Estimates, 2015 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Despite the varying methodologies used in the studies mentioned in this roundup, many share a common set of conclusions. The high priority of gaining greater insights into customers and their needs, more precise information on how to best simplify sales cycles, and streamline customer service are common. The most successful Big Data uses cases illustrate how enterprises are getting beyond the constraints that hold them back from being more attentive and responsive to customers. Presented below is a roundup of recent forecasts and estimates:

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If You Want To Be a Good Leader, Be a Good Learner

If You Want To Be a Good Leader, Be a Good Learner | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

As you, the leader/entrepreneur, embark on the pursuit of innovation, there are a handful of your personal skills and talents that will contribute enormously to the success of your journey. These skills are of course not just specific to innovation, and as a successful business person you probably already have well-developed capabilities in many of these areas. Nevertheless, it’s well worth spending a few minutes to review the key abilities where your refined skill set will result in enormous benefits. .

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Using a War Room to create disruptive Innovations

The competition will come at you from every angle, some of which will be unexpected. The best way to combat the competition is to get inside their heads, understand their access to resources and see the world from their perspective. Asking the right questions and analysing your insights after you’ve finished designing your solution is too late. At best your company will end up having to invest extra resources and money reworking it and at worst by the time it’s finished, for the second time, you may have also lost your first mover advantage...

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Why Honest People Do Dishonest Things

Why Honest People Do Dishonest Things | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
It can be exhausting to have to continually remind ourselves that, long-term, we want to be upstanding people, so we shouldn’t make tempting but unethical short-term decisions. But what if simply thinking about dishonesty could make it easier for us to behave ethically? This novel possibility comes from a set of studies published May 22 in the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, which demonstrate that anticipating temptation decreases the likelihood of a person engaging in poor behavior.
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Michael Porter & Jim Heppelmann : how IoT changes competition and companies

Competition expert, Michael Porter, joins PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann for a lively discussion about the Internet of Things and competition. They find that IoT will not only impact the competitive landscape, it will also force changes in company structures and how we will work in the future. Hour presentation.

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Accenture Capital Markets Report: Paths to Prosperty

Accenture Capital Markets Report: Paths to Prosperty | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Risk leaders around the world discussed challenges and trends in Accenture’s 2015 Global Risk Management Study.Roughly 170 risk leaders in capital markets provided deep insights for the study.Most importantly, capital markets study respondents are working to bring operational risk back to the top of the business agenda. Read our full report for how risk leaders are moving forward.
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Asia Pacific Economic Outlook Q2 2015 - Deloitte

Asia Pacific Economic Outlook Q2 2015 - Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
This edition gives a near-term outlook for Australia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Thailand. Australia faces slowing growth. The Philippines is entering 2015 on a high. Taiwan is in the shadow of China. And Thailand’s economic recovery depends on its internal stability.
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Product Innovation: Who is really in charge? | Deloitte US

Product Innovation: Who is really in charge? | Deloitte US | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Product innovation is a priority for virtually every hi-tech company. However, there is often organizational disagreement and confusion around who should own the innovation agenda and how commercialization of ideas should be managed. This lack of clarity can result in a sputtering innovation engine and a risk-averse culture. On the bright side, figuring out the right organizational model for your company isn’t as complicated as you might think.
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Incumbents as attackers: Brand-driven innovation | McKinsey & Company

Incumbents as attackers: Brand-driven innovation | McKinsey & Company | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
This kind of brand-driven innovation has come of age in the past few years for a number of reasons. If you are an incumbent with a dominant position in a saturated market, your chances of gaining much more share may be slim. Entering a new category could be your only realistic option to achieve internal and external growth targets. In addition, brands are increasingly defined not by what they communicate or the campaigns they run but by the kind of customer experiences they provide. What’s more, brand-driven innovation can be a tool to strengthen or sharpen a brand’s positioning: consider how Apple’s brand strength seems to grow with each new category it enters.
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How to Conduct a Thorough Competitive Analysis

How to Conduct a Thorough Competitive Analysis | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Conducting a thorough high-level competitive analysis is essential to online success. Here, we walk you through the steps. Completing an analysis of your competition before you open up shop is not only wise, it’s essential to staying in business. By monitoring your competition on an on-going basis, you’ll get to know their behavior, enabling you to anticipate their actions and stay one step ahead. As we well know, competitors are simply alternative options for your customers, and we want to make sure they pick you over everyone else.

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This takes you step by step through the process of conducting a thorough competitive analysis.

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The evolution of decision-making in business

The evolution of decision-making in business | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Businesses can no longer rely on intuition to make critical decisions – data tools must be utilised, and utilised well. As the tectonic plates underlying the business world shift, it becomes increasingly important for business leaders to rapidly make robust decisions, all while minimising risk. Against this rapidly changing backdrop, it’s no longer enough to use intuition – which ultimately is rooted in one’s prior experience – as a basis for making decisions. As collecting data about consumer behaviour becomes easier, decisions can and should incorporate wider experiences and behaviours. Incorporating data – or, simply stated, the experiences of relevant audiences – into the decision-making process is now vital if companies are to make sense of entirely new issues, new business opportunities and, of course, potential threats.

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The World's Most Powerful Women 2015

The World's Most Powerful Women 2015 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

This is FORBES’ definitive annual audit of the foremost heads of state, iconic entrepreneurs and CEOS, celebrity role models, billionaire activists, and pioneer philanthropists, all ranked by money, media momentum, spheres of influence and impact. This year’s top 10: Merkel and Clinton followed by Melinda Gates, Janet Yellen, Mary Barra, Christine Lagarde, Dilma Rousseff, Sheryl Sandberg, Susan Wojcicki and Michelle Obama.

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How Big Data Can Drive Competitive Intelligence

How Big Data Can Drive Competitive Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Companies increasingly mine their own customer data for insights into the market. But what about data that tracks your competitors’ activities – in an ethical but profitable way? It’s time for businesses to start a competitive intelligence process — while lowering the cost of analyzing information. In short, you need to continuously gather data online, from social media, website changes, news sources, and posted documents online, looking for clever bits of gold in the digital stream. You’ll need to blend baseline of competitive intelligence (to prevent surprises in your own business) with proprietary data sets obtained on the market (to create surprises –you’re your rivals). Indeed, a universe of third-party data can add context to internal marketing data and can provide strategic insight into the vulnerabilities of competitors. Consider these three market trends:

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It's Getting Hot in Here

It's Getting Hot in Here | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Addressing climate change with a sense of urgency isn't a matter of morality, two economists argue. It's about managing risk Viewed through this lens, spending money to address climate change in the short term through mechanisms such as a price on carbon emissions, investment in clean energy technology, and forest preservation funds could become a much more palatable topic for a broader class of leaders. This is roughly the underlying thesis of Climate Shock: The Economic Consequences of a Hotter Planet, written by Gernot Wagner, senior economist at the Environmental Defense Fund, and Martin L. Weitzman, professor of economics at Harvard University. The book delivers a brief but thorough look at the changing climate from economists’ perspective, comparing global warming with other risks and dangers that humanity faces.

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Thomson Reuters Releases Annual State of Innovation Patent Analysis Report and Website


Developing this level of detail on so many industries is indeed an enormous undertaking making this year’s State of Innovation publication perhaps the most comprehensive patent analysis report available. All told many hundreds of thousands of invention families were categorized, and studied to come up with the insights provided in this report. It provides an all encompassing, and global perspective on the progress of recent inventive production. Looking at the topic of innovation from such a broad perspective allowed the analysts at Thomson Reuters to discover that while the number of inventive families published in 2014 was greater than any previous year in history, the rate at which new inventions are being developed has begun to slow.

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How well do you push your own thinking before involving others?

How well do you push your own thinking before involving others? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Investing time thinking through your ideas is worth the effort. It increases efficiency as you’re not wasting a stakeholder’s time by having them think through something you can figure out. It builds your skills in terms of creativity and anticipation. It also improves your reputation as a more strategic thinker. So the next time you’re about to involve a stakeholder in your thoughts, pause and ask yourself if you’ve thought about the issue as much as you can. If the answer is no, keep thinking

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Fundamental Certificate in Competitive Intelligence - FCCI™

Fundamental Certificate in Competitive Intelligence - FCCI™ | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

This 10-day program incorporates the basic tools and techniques for CI professionals. Through interactive workshops, experts in the field provide training on systematic and proven competitive intelligence approaches; planning, information research, analysis and reporting. Candidates will be able to enhance their level of productivity and master challenging CI projects.

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Along with the Academy of Competitive Intelligence, this organization provides basic in-depth understanding of competitive intelligence. Key is the interaction between presenters and students.

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The Surprising Persuasiveness of a Sticky Note

The Surprising Persuasiveness of a Sticky Note | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


Imagine that you really need to convince someone to do something, such as following through on a task. The next time you need colleagues to comply with a request, or the next time you’re giving a potential client a portfolio to review, try leaving a sticky note. A small personal touch will go a long way toward getting the results you want.

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Redefining M&A Strategy to Drive Competitiveness in a Digital World - Accenture

Redefining M&A Strategy to Drive Competitiveness in a Digital World - Accenture | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Companies historically have viewed mergers and acquisitions as a way to spur growth by “bulking up”. But the focus of M&A increasingly is shifting. Digital disruption and industry convergence are forcing companies to adapt to a new ecosystem—and adopt a new M&A strategy that enables them to pursue more strategic, smaller acquisitions that can serve as a platform for new business models.

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Global Deflation Risks: Planning Considerations for CFOs - Deloitte - WSJ

Global Deflation Risks: Planning Considerations for CFOs - Deloitte - WSJ | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

As prices continue to fall in the eurozone, Japan and China, concerns that deflation could spread to the global economy are on the rise. Dr. Ira Kalish, chief global economist for Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited, discusses the deflationary risks and implications of government actions, shrinking global growth and negative price pressures for US-based companies, as well as steps CFOs can consider to address those risks

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Minimum viable transformation: Part of the Business Trends series - Deloitte

Minimum viable transformation: Part of the Business Trends series - Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Leaders are taking lessons from the startup playbook on “minimum viable products” to launch minimum viable transformations—lightweight and readily adaptable versions of potential new business models. Business ecosystems come of age report. 

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How Big Data Can Drive Competitive Intelligence

How Big Data Can Drive Competitive Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

It’s time for businesses to start a competitive intelligence process -- while lowering the cost of analyzing information. In short, you need to continuously gather data online, from social media, website changes, news sources, and posted documents online, looking for clever bits of gold in the digital stream. You’ll need to blend baseline of competitive intelligence (to prevent surprises in your own business) with proprietary data sets obtained on the market (to create surprises –you’re your rivals). Indeed, a universe of third-party data can add context to internal marketing data and can provide strategic insight into the vulnerabilities of competitors. Consider these three market trends

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How Big Data can garner great insights for your competitive intelligence.