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7 Key Habits of Super Networkers

7 Key Habits of Super Networkers | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Effective networking isn't a result of luck -- it requires hard work and persistence. What does it take to be a super networker? Here are seven of the most important habits to develop.

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Diversity doesn’t mean what you think it does

Diversity doesn’t mean what you think it does | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

We tend to think of diversity in terms of skin colour or gender – but true diversity encompasses different points of view. Spotting threats. Diversity also helps your team see threats in the environment. You are probably hypersensitive to the types of risks that have affected you in the past–humans are pretty darn good at learning from things that went disastrously wrong. Unfortunately, you’re probably pretty bad at anticipating problems that haven’t happened yet.

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Competitive Intelligence in Morocco

The business environment is highly complex in Morocco, and we examine the current situation with regard to competitive intelligence (CI) activities there. Morocco lacks competitiveness, as much of its industrial base has long been focused on import substitution, rather than on competitive exports. This study is mainly exploratory in nature. A questionnaire was administered to CI experts in organisations to determine the current state of CI in Morocco. (academic)

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Early warning (part 6) competitive intelligence

Early warning (part 6) competitive intelligence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

In the context of competitive intelligence and early warning, this is probably a good model to consider. That is, when looking at the long-term consequences of actions being taken by competitor, or someone else in the competitive landscape, first determine, through analysis, what is the most likely explanation for what you see. But also then determine what is the most dangerous explanation consistent with what you have seen, that is, dangerous to your company’s operations or even its very existence.

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What is competitive intelligence? | MBA blog

What is competitive intelligence? | MBA blog | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The goal of CI is to have some kind of change. It usually comes in two flavours: 1) the intelligence adds to something – for example, a market entry strategy, assumptions on current industry trends or competitor’s strategies; 2) It allows decision makers to gain insight that helps them make better decisions – for example; “Our marketing is not working in the Asia Pacific market. What we need is the right people to do networking and negotiations.”

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Why it is important to align top level management in companies

Why it is important to align top level management in companies | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The problem underlying the groupthink phenomenon is a narrow-mindedness that precludes the decision-making group from considering diverse alternatives. In order to get aligned, an executive team needs to learn to have an open, honest discussion about the company's future and alternative courses of action. Without straight talk and good listening skills, potent debate is not possible. Team members must learn to effectively push against and pull from each other in order to both have mutual understanding of where things currently are, as well as make effective decisions and fully commit to a course of action

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5 LinkedIn Features You Might Have Missed

5 LinkedIn Features You Might Have Missed | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

LinkedIn is the social network for professionals, a place to have an online resume, connect with people from your industry or potential employers, and read relevant news. Most people only use LinkedIn's main features, but the social media platform also has very useful ones, sometimes hidden or not as much promoted to its users, who are therefore missing on very useful functionalities.

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Think Tank Review - Issue 15/2014

Think Tank Review - Issue 15/2014 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The July Think Tank Review is out, referencing papers published in June 2014. Our special focus this month references a number of papers on migration, borders and asylum. Others look at migration flows from the East into the Visegrad countries. In June, we also found many think tanks working on social policy concerns, and several of them focus on public attitudes. As usual, a lot of attention goes to the UK, both from the angle of the approaching referendum on Scottish independence and, more generally, on the UK’s relationship with the EU. In the external relations section, Ukraine continues to be a major focus. The forthcomin Cardiff NATO Summit is reflected in a number of publications by think tanks on both sides of the Atlantic. The Think Tank Review is based on the monitoring of more than 250 worldwide think tanks active on EU affair

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Indix, the Google of products

Indix, the Google of products | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Competitive intelligence can be hard to come by particularly in complex markets crowded with products from many manufacturers. To solve this kind of problem Indix is building what they plan to be the “world’s largest product database”.  As an Indix user you can create alerts for product price drops, competitors running out of stock, new products, and so on, as well as generate reports, search for products, and import and export data

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Estefanía Aguilar's curator insight, July 22, 12:04 AM

I guess it will have a anglosaxon bias, but anyway

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Check Out These Top 5 Business Longreads from the New Yorker

The New Yorker is making its archives free online for the next few months, starting Monday. Use that time to read some of its best business stories. #3 Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen wrote The Innovator’s Dilemma, which became a sacred text to many startups. In this 2012 profile, Larissa MacFarquhar examined Christensen's impact on business, innovation and disruptive technology. (She also laid the groundwork for colleague Jill Lepore's June takedown of "the disruption machine," as popularized by Christensen.)

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How Intelligence-Minded is Your Marketing Organization?

How Intelligence-Minded is Your Marketing Organization? | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


Big data, predictive analytics, digital marketing, and the digital age are two-edged swords. They present exciting new capabilities in addition to myriad challenges in our capacity to derive their full potential. Being intelligence-minded is about reaping the full potential of your company’s intelligence. What holds us back from our potential are the usual suspects of the people, process, and technology trinity.  While technology tools abound, the people and process aspects of being intelligence-minded are often under-served.

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Intelligent intelligence

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


PREDICTION is difficult, as Niels Bohr once observed, especially about the future. But that has not stopped a huge industry that promises to do so from springing up.  Governments are as keen as anyone to know the future, and one of the main jobs of intelligence agencies is to arm them with forecasts about how the world will look months or years from now. In a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, David Mandel, of Defence Research and Development Canada, and Alan Barnes, a former intelligence analyst for the same country, take a stab at an answer. They analysed more than 1,500 intelligence forecasts produced by a nameless (but presumably Canadian) agency, covering the period from March 2005 to December 2011.


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INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute

INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute was launched in 2007 as a result of the strong interest around the globe in the theory of blue ocean strategy. Today the Institute thrives as an intellectual hub with its Institute Executive Fellows coming from the best schools across the globe. The Institute is under the direction of INSEAD professors W. Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne.

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Keep Time and Emotion from Killing a Negotiation

Keep Time and Emotion from Killing a Negotiation | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Time and emotion — these are the two things most often wasted during a negotiation. We simply spend too much time on items that don’t really matter, because we let our emotions override any semblance of logic. It is a natural human response to act negatively, reactively, and emotionally to any negotiation points that are counter to one’s pre-disposed positions. It is also poor negotiation practice. The mere fact of having a position lies at the root of why we get caught up in the drama of a negotiation, rather than focusing on the plotline or ending (i.e. goal) toward which we are striving.

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The Emerging Clusters Model: A tool for identifying emerging technologies across multiple patent systems

The Emerging Clusters Model: A tool for identifying emerging technologies across multiple patent systems | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Emerging technologies are of great interest to a wide range of stakeholders, but identifying such technologies is often problematic, especially given the overwhelming amount of information available to analysts and researchers on many subjects. This paper describes the Emerging Clusters Model, which uses advanced patent citation techniques to locate emerging technologies in close to real time, rather than retrospectively.Patents in emerging clusters consistently have a significantly higher impact on subsequent technological developments than patents outside these clusters.The Emerging Clusters Model may be a useful tool for identifying interesting new technologies as they emerge.(academic)

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Competitive Intelligence Practices in Brazil: an Exploratory Study

Competitive intelligence (CI) as a strategic management tool is essential for organisationsin developing countries. This article provides an overview of the current state of CI in Brazil. Only 46.1 per cent of the organisations copde above average with changes in the external environment and the majority strongly agreed that the CI function assists to quantify/qualify strategic choices. The respondents do not use sophisticated analytical techniques to analyse data.  Organisations in Brazil should seek to engage proactively with the global environment by revising their strategic priorities. They need to redress critical competitiveness issues, most notably the establishment of the CI function as a strategic tool. (academic)
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Dusting Off Intranet Metadata and Search

Dusting Off Intranet Metadata and Search | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

the success of communicating content on a one to many basis — or an n to m basis, as you may have a small body of publishers or content creators putting out information to the company — relies on findability. In order to consume information, your employees have to find it. You can help them do this in many ways: from the structure of your portals and intranet sites, through the creation of indexes and site maps, to the thorough application of metadata to the content items. .

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Competitive Intelligence Tool – WhatRunsWhere

Competitive Intelligence Tool – WhatRunsWhere | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

One of the most used web application utilizing competitive intelligence is Whatrunswhere.com, using this application you probably would discover several new sources to route traffic to your website or application so as to more efficiently monetize your advertising campaigns and to know what strategies are being used by competitors . Whatrunswhere.com has tracking capabilities across MSN Content Network, AdBlade, Quigo or Adsonar, Pulse360, Google Adwords Content Network and others totaling to 18 display networks and 6 text ad networks. WhatRunsWhere allows you to search for banners as well as the text ads. All you have to do is select the networks from the given list, the timeline for which you want the search to be performed and the keyword to be included

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Why Your Brain Plays Down Risk

Before the last time you took a risk, you probably didn't think the action was all that risky. It's not because you were being stupid--although some risk-taking certainly can be so--it's because your brain is circuited to downplay risk. Srini Pillay, an assistant clinical professor at Harvard Medical School and the CEO of executive coaching firm NeuroBusiness Group, writes about the neuroscience behind estimating risk in the Harvard Business Review. "So many of us fall prey to unforeseen risks, believing that they came out of nowhere or that they could not have been anticipated," he writes. "While this may be true in some cases, most of the time risk blindness occurs due to the way our brains are wired." If you feel like you are taking too many risks when making decisions that affect your company, read Pillay's tips below.

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How To Become A Top Business Thinker

How To Become A Top Business Thinker | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it


What makes for a top business thought leader? “The starting point has got to be the ability to communicate,” says Crainer. “The other elements are curiosity, diversity of thinking, and a willingness to embrace ideas no matter where they are.” If you aspire to have your ideas heard, here are three qualities the best business thinkers share,

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Jacob M Engel's curator insight, July 22, 3:42 AM

My mentor and highly acclaimed  author Roy Cammarano believes that effective communications is the foundation of any effective organization.

Jean-Guy Frenette's curator insight, July 22, 7:36 PM

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The Role of Think Tanks in Shaping Policy Making

The Role of Think Tanks in Shaping Policy Making | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

 The role and influence of think tanks on policy making is attracting increasing political and academic attention. Thus, in the run-up to the July edition of the Think Tank Review, we would like to draw your attention to few studies further exploring this subject.

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Reinventing the Chief Marketing Officer: An Interview with Unilever CMO Keith Weed

Reinventing the Chief Marketing Officer: An Interview with Unilever CMO Keith Weed | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

A marketing revolution is under way and nowhere is that more visible than in the CMO’s transforming role. Unilever CMO Keith Weed embodies this new order as an architect and leader of the firm’s plan to double revenue while halving its environmental impact. In this edited interview, Weed describes a new breed of marketing organization, and the CMO’s increasingly strategic role.

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The Internet Should've Killed Weird Al. It Only Made Him Stronger

The Internet Should've Killed Weird Al. It Only Made Him Stronger | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
That an accordion-playing parodist has become one of the most enduring musical acts of our time is, well, a little weird
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10 Steps to Quality CEO Decision-Making

10 Steps to Quality CEO Decision-Making | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The buck shouldn't always stop with the CEO but, when it does, there are practical ways to come to the best decision. Quality and speedy decisions elevate the productivity of an organization. CEOs must not only make good judgments themselves, but also grow the decision-making abilities of his or her team, facilitate decisions that support the corporate strategy, and build buy-in for final decisions. Here are 10 steps for CEOs to facilitate better decisions across the organization.

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The Right Way to Present Your Business Case

The Right Way to Present Your Business Case | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

You’ve already put a great deal of work into preparing a solid business case for your project or idea. But when it comes to the critical presentation phase, how do you earn the support of decision makers in the room?  How do you present your case so that it’s clear and straightforward while also persuasive?

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INSEAD - Research@INSEAD

INSEAD - Research@INSEAD | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

At the heart of INSEAD's international reputation as "The Business School for the World" is the relevance and rigour of its research, teaching and learning materials. The experience and talents of our faculty combine to create world-class research results as well as teaching excellence. The result is top-notch educational programmes, and cutting-edge research that extend the frontiers of business knowledge. INSEAD's prolific research output both identifies current trends in today's demanding business world, and explores principles that guide longer-term success. Research@INSEAD displays INSEAD's latest research

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