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Create Slides People Will Remember

Create Slides People Will Remember | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Nancy Duarte, author of the HBR Guide to Persuasive Presentations, explains how to avoid PowerPoint hell. For examples of great and not-so-great slides, see Nancy's blog post, Do Your Slides Pass the Glance Test?
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Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest

Where the Digital Economy Is Moving the Fastest | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Based on the performance of countries on the index during the years 2008 to 2013, we assigned them to one of four trajectory zones: Stand Out, Stall Out, Break Out, and Watch Out.

Stand Out countries have shown high levels of digital development in the past and continue to remain on an upward trajectory.
Stall Out countries have achieved a high level of evolution in the past but are losing momentum and risk falling behind.
Break Out countries have the potential to develop strong digital economies. Though their overall score is still low, they are moving upward and are poised to become Stand Out countries in the future.
Watch Out countries face significant opportunities and challenges, with low scores on both current level and upward motion of their DEI. Some may be able to overcome limitations with clever innovations and stopgap measures, while others seem to be stuck.
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Ronald Lifton's curator insight, Today, 8:00 PM

Follow the trends but do not ignore the past.

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Inside Adobe’s Innovation Kit

Inside Adobe’s Innovation Kit | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
As I write about in my book, The Myths of Creativity, many organizations unknowingly stifle innovation by requiring ideas to move up through levels of management before getting any investment. This might control costs, but as research led by Wharton’s Jennifer Mueller suggests, many people have a subtle bias against innovative ideas. Mueller’s team found that people often claim to want new and creative ideas, but when presented with those ideas in an uncertain environment and asked to evaluate them, the more novel ideas often get a lesser rating.
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The Seven Rules to Successful Presentations -- INSEAD

The Seven Rules to Successful Presentations -- INSEAD | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Communicating needn’t be a frightening experience. There are some simple rules to take the stress out of presenting that revolve around you. Type “presentation skills tips” into Google and you’ll return around 73 million hits. There’s a lot of advice out there about what makes a great presentation. I’d like to focus instead on what makes a presentation great. There’s a very subtle difference and it centres on you, the person doing the presenting, because you need to be the captain of the ship.

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Venture Capital trends report: record-setting year in 2014

Venture Capital trends report:  record-setting year in 2014 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The latest EY Global Trends Report and accompanying Insights Deck show that 2014 was an exceptional year, with funding at levels not seen since 2000. Bryan Pearce, Global Leader, Entrepreneur Of The Year™ and Global Venture Capital Advisory Group sat down to talk about the record year VC had in 2014 and what to look for in 2015.
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DoD Wargaming Push To Study Tech Capabilities

DoD Wargaming Push To Study Tech Capabilities | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The Pentagon's top military leadership has been given their marching orders to move out on an ambitious wargaming plan to rescue a skill set that has "atrophied" in recent years, according to an internal Feb. 9 memo issued by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work.The wargaming effort fits into an increasingly expansive, interlinked Defense Innovation Initiative (DII) spearheaded by Work and chief weapons buyer Frank Kendall to push the bureaucracy and industry to think critically about how and where the US technological advantage is slipping.The memo stressed that as part of his desire to "reinvigorate" wargaming in the department, "effort must be made to incorporate commercial and defense industry expertise into the larger wargaming effort" in order to "ensure its vitality and flexibility.

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Gamification Can Help People Actually Use Analytics Tools

Gamification Can Help People Actually Use Analytics Tools | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Gamification means using motivational techniques like those the videogame industry has put to such effective use. Anyone with teenagers in the house knows that they will spend long hours on their own, trying to get to the next level of their favorite game.Can these motivational concepts and techniques encourage decision makers to use new analytical tools and collaborate with each other — both to improve the tools and to better their ability to make more informed decisions? We don’t yet have much evidence to answer that question. But early signs indicate that it might work.

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CIA to launch private app store next month

CIA to launch private app store next month | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The Central Intelligence Agency just stood up a private cloud environment on infrastructure built by Amazon Web Services and, taking a cue from the private sector, is getting ready to launch an app marketplace next month. When it goes live, the initial offering will include a few hundred applications specifically designed to meet the Intelligence Community's needs, according to CIA CIO Doug Wolfe.Marketplace will offer a suite of mission-specific apps for the Intelligence Community.

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Information versus intelligence

Information versus intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

I just finished reading an older book about Ultra. Ultra, of course, was the code name for a British effort to defeat the German World War II cipher machine known as Enigma The author was heavily involved in the Ultra project, actually communicating intelligence from Ultra directly to Winston Churchill and other senior US and British government and military officials. The book offers a few lessons about intelligence that still apply today, particularly to CI.

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Five Great Questions to Ask When a Team is Stuck

Suppose your team is stuck.   The group has discussed two main options for moving forward, but it can't agree on which course of action to pursue.  Two factions have emerged, and the dialogue has become contentious.     People have become entrenched in their positions.  What types of questions can you ask as a leader to help the group become unstuck?  Here are five great questions you might pose to the group.

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Ellen Langer on the Value of Mindfulness in Business -- making better decisions

Ellen Langer on the Value of Mindfulness in Business -- making better decisions | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

This approach runs counter, of course, to the highly focused, take-no-prisoners approach to leadership prevalent in many companies today. The executive’s attention is supposed to be streamlined and free of distractions so that he or she can pay attention only to what is important. But in practice, that means tackling most problems as rapidly and mindlessly as possible, just to get them out of the way. Langer argues that distractions, when approached with the right frame of mind, are sources of opportunity. Langer recently spoke with strategy+business in her office in Cambridge, Mass., about the theory and practice of mindfulness in business.

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Primary or secondary?

Primary or secondary? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
"Primary intelligence must be built on a basis of secondary intelligence" says Baljit Singh in his presentation here at Pharma CI. The terminology primary/secondary can as always be discussed but I cannot agree more with the conceptual statement.
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Network Intelligence: Your Company Can’t Thrive Without It

If you want innovation at your company, you can’t just rely on the information and ideas circulating in the brains of your current employees. There are more smart people outside your company than inside it. So encourage your employees to be active on social media and leverage their collective professional networks in order to access the brains of smart people everywhere. We call this process “network intelligence,” and it’s a key part of a company’s alliance with its people. Learn the secrets of network intelligence in this presentation.

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Strategy Drivers for International or Global Business


This is the second installment of a five -part series on global corporate leadership . This article focuses on Environmental Factors

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Brand success in an era of Digital Darwinism | McKinsey & Company

Brand success in an era of Digital Darwinism | McKinsey & Company | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The Internet has become an indispensable tool for marketers, yet there are still gaps in understanding its role in shaping how consumers choose among brands. With the help of a powerful data set, we have been studying the relationship between the level of digitization across the consumer’s decision journey and the likelihood that a consumer will select a brand after considering and evaluating its qualities. We compiled data on 1,000 brands across a wide range of product categories, covering 20,000 consumer journeys and 100,000 touchpoints along them.1 The research paints a vivid picture of the factors involved in a consumer’s purchase choice (also known as brand conversion). Overall, the landscape exhibits what we and others call Digital Darwinism:
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A virtuous cycle for top-line growth | McKinsey & Company

A virtuous cycle for top-line growth | McKinsey & Company | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Rethinking the fundamentals of sales-channel practices and organizations will take determined leadership with an appetite for cultural change. Our experience points to three areas where greater coordination and more aggressive use of information can differentiate strategy.
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EY - Power transactions and trends, 2014 review and 2015 outlook

EY - Power transactions and trends, 2014 review and 2015 outlook | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
2014 was a pivotal year for the global power and utilities (P&U) sector, with rise in deal value and volume. This trend is expected to continue in 2015 with market reforms driving increased activity.
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Managing supplier risk in the transportation and infrastructure industry | McKinsey

Managing supplier risk in the transportation and infrastructure industry | McKinsey | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
The issue of counterparty credit risk is increasingly a topic of heavy discussion across all industries. Yet there are large differences in risk-management sophistication: while advanced methods for managing and mitigating risks are applied in both the power and financial-services industries, many other industries still lag behind
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Sentiment Analysis: Extracting Meaningful Information While Not Oversimplifying Your Data

Social Media Today webinar as part of their Best Thinker webinar series, this time on the topic of: Sentiment Analysis: Extracting Meaningful Information While Not Oversimplifying Your Data. This webinar was sponsored by Tracx and featured: Munish Gupta (@guptamun) is the Director of Marketing Analytics at Dell and Eric Berkowitz (@tracx) is VP Solutions Engineering at Tracx. We discussed the history of sentiment analysis and where we are heading in the future.

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3 Reasons No One Listens to Anything You Say

3 Reasons No One Listens to Anything You Say | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Have you ever had the feeling that you were moving your mouth but no one could hear the sounds coming out of it? When you speak with people, they nod politely but are looking for the exits while they do. They check their Blackberry and have “urgent” calls come in every time you’re talking to them. Your emails never get replied to. Most importantly, the things you want to get done never seem to generate traction. Don’t worry – the problem is not you personally per se. It’s the information you’re putting out there (or not putting out there for that matter). What I’ve found is there are three major reasons people aren’t listening to you.

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Great Failures in Competitive Intelligence

Rand's presentation from SEMPDX's Searchfest 2015 on how to avoid the common mistakes in competitive analysis and competitive intelligence.
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Going Beyond Basics: Strategic and Tactical Intelligence for Decision Support --- seminar June 13


Building on the sold- out CE courses for the last three years on the basics of Competitive Intelligence (CI), this course will move beyond the question of what CI is, and will instead focus on both strategic and tactical elements of the profession. This course introduces and builds on practical techniques info pros can use in support of many typical CI projects throughout a company life/product cycle and daily operation. Strategic and Tactical approaches will be shared on an alternating basis with in-session exercises, "take-away" templates, and lots of time reserved for discussions/questions.

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Harvard Business School hopes to fundamentally change online education with its new $1,500 pre-MBA program

Harvard Business School hopes to fundamentally change online education with its new $1,500 pre-MBA program | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

This week, Harvard Business School launched an innovative new online education program to the public that it thinks is so far ahead of free online courses that it's worthy of a $1,500 price tag. The 11-week pre-MBA program called CORe accepts about 500 students and is taught in the school's signature case-study method. The first official session started on Feb. 25, and applications are open for spring and summer sessions.

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Five Keys to Strategy in the Age of the Hack

Five Keys to Strategy in the Age of the Hack | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

consumers should realize that their concern should not be whether their information will be hacked—it’s simply too late for that. We have all been compromised or can be easily. Rather, it is most important to know if and when this could happen, so that you can take effective countermeasures. That’s a game changer both for individuals and businesses. How do you shape your strategy for the age of the inevitable hack?

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Cape Town Workshop: Introduction to Competitive Intelligence – 11 March 2015 | Organisation of South African Law Libraries

Introduction to Competitive Intelligence, a complementary and necessary skill for Librarians and Information Specialists. .You are invited to the Competitive Intelligence workshop with our speaker, Mzoxolo Gulwa.

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Use Your Sales Force’s Competitive Intelligence Wisely

In the wrong hands, the knowledge gleaned from your salespeople can have a negative impact on sales and market share. The sales force has abundant information about the initiatives and products that your competitors are planning and, therefore, the kinds of choices that your customers will be facing in the near future. That competitive intelligence can not only help individual salespeople become more effective, it can also help your company make better strategic decisions. But research I conducted with Douglas E. Hughes of Michigan State University and Adam Rapp of the University of Alabama shows that in the wrong hands, competitive intelligence can have a negative impact on sales and market share. So if you acquire information from customers, you’d better use it well, or it may hinder, rather than help, your sales efforts.

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