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Random Word Brainstorming: A Simple, Powerful and Effective Ideation Technique

Random Word Brainstorming: A Simple, Powerful and Effective Ideation Technique | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Word lists, because of their simplicity, are often overlooked as a tool for brainstorming. That's too bad, because they can be quite powerful and are very easy to use.
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Your Ability to Size Up a Face Probably Isn’t Based on Experience

Your Ability to Size Up a Face Probably Isn’t Based on Experience | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
If adults assume that their ability to discern trustworthiness, or the lack thereof, in strangers’ faces is a skill honed over a lifetime, they’re wrong.
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How to Override Your Default Reactions in Tough Moments

How to Override Your Default Reactions in Tough Moments | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

We all have default behaviors. And when we are in the moment, trying our best to perform well, how we handle these automatic reflexes can be the difference between success and failure. It’s these moments that add up to the larger tasks and projects that are our work. Moments in which behavior – what we think, feel, say, and do ­­– is the primary driver of performance. The problem with that approach is that the workplace is too dynamic. Situations rarely repeat. Human behavior is diverse, erratic, and often unpredictable. defaults are dangerous and too often lead to unproductive behaviors and outcomes..

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Freedom of information?

Freedom of information? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Historically, one very useful competitive intelligence tool has been asking government units, federal, state and particularly local, for information from their records. This is done thanks to a variety of laws known as open records, freedom of information, etc., which required governments to provide information and documents following a written request. They all operate in the premise that the records of government are to be available to the citizens except for certain, limited exceptions.

In the past, this was particularly useful tool for CI, particularly when dealing with existing or planned manufacturing, production, or distribution facilities. Then came 9/11. Since then, the utility of making these requests has declined rapidly.

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Return On Intelligence: An Alternative perspective on Social Media ROI

Return On Intelligence: An Alternative perspective on Social Media ROI | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Ultimately, everyone understands the need to measure something.  Knowing how much you spent, what you spent it on, and how much it generated in some form of return – ideally but not always necessarily financially – is a key part of business.
But what is often missing from the ROI equation is context. Brands tend to take a myopic view, stating: “We did ‘x,’ and as a result we generated ‘y.’” While we can argue semantics around the appropriate nomenclature (ROI, ROE…) the truth is that measuring the worth of your investment by benchmarking your efforts against your competitors can also provide valuable insights. This Return on Intelligence broadens the definition of ROI to include a comparison of how your efforts are doing against a broad competitive set which could include direct competitors, your industry sector, or brands from other sectors that may also be targeting the same consumer....

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Forget Big Data, We Need Smart Data [VIDEO]

Forget Big Data, We Need Smart Data [VIDEO] | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The interactive portion of this episode directs your attention towards two thought-provoking discussions taking place on LinkedIn. The first conversation was instigated by the question “Why do BI implementations fail?
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Collaborative business intelligence goes beyond technology

Collaborative business intelligence goes beyond technology | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Decisions are not made in silos. Ground-breaking and innovative decisions in organizations, in particular larger enterprises, come mostly from teams and rarely from individuals. An effective collaborative environment allows teams of decision makers to tap into the collective brainpower that already exists within the company's walls to help them make more informed decision. Collaboration plays an important role for improving several business intelligence (BI) and analytic processes. Yet enterprises often fail to get the collaborative decision making environment they envisioned. .

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Social Media Monitoring for Insurance Companies

Social Media Monitoring for Insurance Companies | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Learn how Markerstudy Group, an insurance holdings underwriter, is using social media and why they chose Digimind Social as their social media monitoring solution.
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‘Hubble Madness’ Picks a Winning Image, and Deep Space Never Looked So Good

‘Hubble Madness’ Picks a Winning Image, and Deep Space Never Looked So Good | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Online voters selected a NASA-released image of the Carina Nebula to commemorate the space telescope’s 20th anniversary
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The Biggest Problem in Strategy? Mindset

Mindset is of course, useful. It helps us interpret the barrage of new information that bombards us daily. And it works, so long as underlying conditions remain essentially the same. But it often fails us in times of radical change (brought on by external factors such as changing market or economic conditions or new technologies, or internal decisions, such as launching new products or entering new markets). Unfortunately, senior executive decision makers, because of their long years of experience – they "know" the business, the customers, the competitors, the technology and the industry – are resistant to changing their mindsets. So, to the question, the real challenge for strategy professionals becomes how to change decision maker mindsets. .

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Ellen Naylor's curator insight, April 11, 12:11 PM

I love David's perspective here that changing executive's mindset is the challenge in executing strategy. 

Kathyrn Chociej's curator insight, April 15, 8:08 AM

In light of changing market conditions, the real challenge for strategy professionals becomes how to change decision maker mindsets. Have you had any success in this area? Any words of advice for your community?

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How Companies Can Embrace Speed

How Companies Can Embrace Speed | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
John Kotter, author of Accelerate, on how slow-footed organizations can get faster.
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Interview: Shree Dandekar, Director Business Intelligence Strategy at Dell

Interview: Shree Dandekar, Director Business Intelligence Strategy at Dell | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Shree Dandekar, Dell's director of product marketing, at Seth Grime's Sentiment Analysis Symposium in New York.  With a passion for invention and technology, and a firm belief that businesses and business people need to integrate themselves into social networking, Shree has been leading Dell and its customers into a new level of social media analytics. In this interview, Shree shares his thoughts about the next data analytics revolution, innovation, the human factor in setting up a data analytics strategy, and Dell’s dedication to facilitating actionable insights for customers by streamlining the information life cycle...

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Social Media and the Emergence of Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence

Social Media and the Emergence of Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Recently the USGIF published a book entitled “Human Geography: Socio-Cultural Dynamics and Global Security” in which we have a chapter called “Social Media and the Emergence of Open-Source Geospatial Intelligence“. The emergence of social media has provided the public with an effective and irrepressible real-time mechanism to broadcast information. The great popularity of platforms such as twitter and YouTube, and the substantial amount of content that is communicated through them are making social media an essential component of open-source intelligence. The information communicated through such feeds conveys the interests and opinions of individuals, and reveals links and the complex structure of social networks. However, this information is only partially exploited if one does not consider its geographical aspect

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How P&G uses Data Visualization to uncover new opportunities for growth

How P&G uses Data Visualization to uncover new opportunities for growth | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

This is the third post in our Data Visualization Spotlight series where we showcase how different organizations are using data visualization and analytics to solve their day to day problems.

To maintain its global leadership status, P&G has to continuously keep a tab on market trends, respond rapidly to them and find new opportunities to improve the lives of its consumers. The ability to analyze this massive amount of data is critical to running the business in real-time and being responsive to changes in the marketplace. Under its Ex-CEO Bob McDonald, P&G chalked out an agenda to “digitize ” the company’s processes from end to end to make data easily accessible to its decision makers. Business Sufficiency, Business Sphere and Decision Cockpits were the primary enablers of that agenda.

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Gmail does scan all emails, new Google terms clarify

Gmail does scan all emails, new Google terms clarify | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The search company has modified its terms of service to specifically state that automated systems analyse your content

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Firms Use Artificial Intelligence to Tap Shoppers' Views - Luminoso Technologies

Firms Use Artificial Intelligence to Tap Shoppers' Views - Luminoso Technologies | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Luminoso Technologies Inc., a five-year-old startup spun out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, is part of a larger effort to use artificial intelligence to dig deeper into the minds of consumers by analyzing focus groups and surveys, online forums and social media. Luminoso's software draws from a large database of common knowledge and relationships (such as, "the sun is hot") to understand how words and phrases relate to each other..

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Strategy Consulting Firms: The Importance of Competitive Analysis

Strategy Consulting Firms: The Importance of Competitive Analysis | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Competitive research is vital in developing a business technique for any organization, to obtain competitive benefits in the market. The administrators must know all about the competitors of the industry that it is managing in as well as should have enough knowledge about the competitors, which definitely helps them to set up an ideal technique for the organization. By knowing and analyzing all about the immediate competition, this will enable the company to develop clear, focused and ideal technique that will help them gain competitive advantage.

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The Art of the Insult

A friend emails this in:
 
These glorious insults are from an era before the English language became boiled down to 4-letter words.
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#SMTPowerTalk Recap: Making Disruption Work for You [VIDEO]

#SMTPowerTalk Recap: Making Disruption Work for You [VIDEO] | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Love it or fear it, disruption has become the norm in the 21st-century market place. Large companies try to ride it out and catch up so they can remain relevant. Smaller ones try to create it and use it to their advantage to carve themselves a fresh niche in a crowded market place.

The questions that arise: can you plan for disruption? If so, how? And can you ride it out if it happens to you? Discussing it last week in the third Social Media Today #SMTPowerTalk were Eric Enge of Stone Temple Consulting and Rebekah Radice of Rebekah Radice LLC, who have both evolved their own survival strategies to deal with disruption.Disruption is going to happen in business whether you plan for it or not.

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What Gets in the Way of Listening

What Gets in the Way of Listening | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
As your role grows in scale and influence, so too must your ability to listen. But listening is one of the toughest skills to master — and requires uncovering deeper barriers within oneself.
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8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations

8 Ways Neuroscience Can Improve Your Presentations | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Giving memorable and persuasive presentations is more than an art. It's brain science.
Over the past few decades, enormous amounts of effort (and dollars) have gone into understanding how the mind works.
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What I Learned Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks

What I Learned Watching 150 Hours of TED Talks | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
What makes for a great presentation — the kind that compels people’s attention and calls them to action?
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Defining Business Intelligence 3.0

Defining Business Intelligence 3.0 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


While it’s clear that many BI vendors have attempted to address this usability issue highlighted by Cabiro, and thereby address the woeful BI penetration and utilization rates, he argues that the concept of BI 3.0 isn’t a new phenomenon. Rather, Cabiro insists that this emergent class of consumer-oriented BI is merely labelled differently by different interest groups: “Depending on the vendor, the new software class is known by different names: Data Discovery, Advanced Visualization, Visual Analytics, Business Discovery, Self Serve Business Intelligence or what Forrester Research’s James Kobielus calls BI 3.0.” BI 3.0 is about enabling decision-makers throughout an organization to independently explore, create and analyse BI content quickly, while simultaneously:

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Content Shock Therapy: A Completely Biased Diagnosis of LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform

Content Shock Therapy: A Completely Biased Diagnosis of LinkedIn’s Publishing Platform | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

t’s been a few weeks since LinkedIn first opened their publishing platform to the plebs. The question I’m dancing around is even with the best professional content properties, the best machine-learning algorithms and the largest professional network, why is LinkedIn having a tough time increasing their engagement numbers?

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Improve Decision-Making With Help From the Crowd

Improve Decision-Making With Help From the Crowd | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Most decisions in organizations are made by escalating them up the management hierarchy — and it’s usually the highest paid person in the room’s opinion (“HIPPO”) that prevails. The HIPPO model of decision-making will likely always be with us. But with the rise of digital technology, and with it the ability to get immediate feedback from customers and communities, crowdsourcing has become a powerful alternative for driving important decisions. The challenge is finding the right ways to introduce crowdsourcing into your management processes so that it opens up and democratizes decisions, harvesting the accumulated thoughts and perspectives from your customers and across your organization — but without bogging things down.

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5 Must Ask Questions When Choosing CI Software

5 Must Ask Questions When Choosing CI Software | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Choosing the right competitive intelligence software solution can seem like a daunting decision making process. You have a set of unique requirements for an “ideal” software system and you’re searching for the best match. There are a number of CI software vendors all claiming that they have the perfect solution for your CI needs. So, how do you narrow down the selections?.

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