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Just Call Someone Already

Just Call Someone Already | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

The way people shun the telephone is getting ridiculous. Much worse than the inefficiency of using e-mail to set up phone calls are the missed opportunities and unnecessary misunderstandings that come when we use e-mail instead of phone calls. That happens far more often than is prudent. We use e-mail to avoid conflict. We use it to avoid feeling uncomfortable.

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How To Say “This Is Crap” In Different Cultures

All this can be interesting, surprising, and sometimes downright painful, when you are leading a global team: as you Skype with your employees in different cultures, your words will be magnified or minimized significantly based on your listener’s cultural context. Managers in different parts of the world are conditioned to give feedback in drastically different ways. So you have to work to understand how your own way of giving feedback is viewed in other cultures.

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This Diagram Shows Cornell's Revolutionary Method For Taking Notes

This Diagram Shows Cornell's Revolutionary Method For Taking Notes | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Research shows the brain only remembers information if you show it that the info is important. So by giving yourself the opportunity to quiz yourself regularly, you can load that information into your memory for whenever it might need to be recalled.
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As Benefits Cuts Loom, Prepare to Work Longer

As Benefits Cuts Loom, Prepare to Work Longer | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Benefits cuts in multiemployer pension plans that the U.S. Congress authorized last week have been a long time coming. Many plans have been in a precarious state for years. They endanger the survival of the federal Pension Benefit Guaranty Corp. (PBGC) that provides them with a safety net. Some 1 million employees in 200 pension plans may see benefits cuts of up to 50% in a tiered program where younger workers could be hit the hardest. In order to protect their retirement savings, today’s workers will have to stay longer in the workforce, save more and expect less in pension benefits, according to Olivia S. Mitchell, Wharton professor of business economics and public policy

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Economic Conditions Snapshot, December 2014: McKinsey Global Survey results

Economic Conditions Snapshot, December 2014: McKinsey Global Survey results | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Geopolitical instability persists as a top risk to global growth, as it has been all year—and especially in North America. Yet few executives say it will affect their companies’ plans for 2015. Geopolitical concerns remain paramount as a risk to growth for executives, whose optimism for the global economy in early 2014 has faded over the course of the year. This is particularly true in North America, where respondents to McKinsey’s newest survey on economic conditions are most glum about the world economy’s prospects—even as they report consistent improvements at home.1 Despite these concerns, few executives say geopolitical issues will meaningfully affect their companies’ strategic and financial-planning decisions for 2015. But heading into a new year, respondents anticipate other problems on the horizon: volatile exchange rates and oil prices (more acute concerns among emerging-economy executives) and cybersecurity attacks, which respondents in North America are the likeliest to expect as a potential economic shock in the next 12 months.

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Asia Pacific Economic Outlook December 2014 -- Deloite

Asia Pacific Economic Outlook December 2014 -- Deloite | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

This edition gives a near-term outlook for China, Japan, Philippines, and South Korea. China faces questions around both short- and long-term growth. In Japan, the debate over increasing the sales tax has been put to rest. The Philippines is emerging as one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. And growth in South Korea picks up amid challenges. Read the report online, or download the PDF.

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Global review 2014 -- EY

Global review 2014 -- EY | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Change is inescapable. Whether you view change as good or bad, it’s how you respond to it that matters. You can see this change in the global economy, which is constantly shifting. While there are some bright spots, the financial crisis continues to cast a long shadow, and the recovery has been far from uniform. You can see this change in regulation, where government is taking a bigger role in business and people’s lives. Regulatory change is re-shaping industries and increasing the complexity of operating across borders. We’ve seen this change in the accounting profession with the passage of the EU audit legislation, which will have a tremendous impact on many of our clients. And you can see this change in technology, where more and more devices are connected to the internet and nearly everything we do generates vast amounts of data that can be mined for insight. The businesses that can use that data effectively are becoming more efficient, innovative and responsive to the market.

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The most intelligent groups aren’t just a bunch of smart people

The most intelligent groups aren’t just a bunch of smart people | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
We found that there is indeed a single statistical factor for group intelligence that predicts how well the group will perform on a wide variety of tasks. We called this factor “collective intelligence,” and it is only moderately correlated with the average individual intelligence of people in the group. In other words, having a bunch of smart people in the group doesn’t necessarily lead to a smart group. Instead, we found three other factors that predict collective intelligence.
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Think Tank Review - Issue 19/2014

Think Tank Review - Issue 19/2014 | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
We have found a number of papers that seek to map the new, more ‘political’ EU landscape of late 2014, with papers on the distribution of committee offices in the European Parliament, and on the new Commission, as well as the role of individual commissioners. On the economy, we signal several papers around the G20 and other global governance structures, as well as one by Daniel Gros, who argues against the assumption that there is an investment gap in the EU.
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What Happens When All Employees Work When They Feel Like It - HBR

What Happens When All Employees Work When They Feel Like It - HBR | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

A five-day work week consisting of eight-hour days happens to be the social norm in many of our societies at present, but I have long thought that a company that disrupts that kind of social norm in its industry could potentially build a momentous competitive advantage out of it. Let me give you an example

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Stop Using Battle Metaphors in Your Company Strategy - HBR

Stop Using Battle Metaphors in Your Company Strategy - HBR | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
So, what is strategy? It’s fundamentally the movement of an organization from its present position to a desirable but inherently uncertain future position. The path from here to there is both analytical (a series of linked hypotheses about objectives in a market; where we do and don’t play among our opportunity spaces; and what this means for the customer value proposition, sales tasks, and other activities) and behavioral (the ongoing coordinated efforts of people who work in different functions but must align for effective strategy execution). And the trail always begins with customers
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Social media: Moving from intelligence to influence

Social media: Moving from intelligence to influence | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Many of those same tools and techniques used by businesses are being adapted and applied to social media intelligence-gathering. Coupled with the thousands of international requests for user data that social media companies receive monthly, you begin to get a feel for the value in the collection, analysis and correlation of the information from these sites contain. That is far from where the use of social media intelligence stops. Last week I was introduced to a software product/service that moves counter-intelligence to a whole new level.

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Five Debates about Competitive Intelligence that will never be resolved

Five Debates about Competitive Intelligence that will never be resolved | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

the same issues and topics were repeated at every conference. Thinking about this later, it struck me that some debates never die. Like the origin of the species, or left brain vs. right brain. While this may appear to be a waste of time, I think it’s great! Else we might not have anything to argue about – or discuss at conferences, or in linkedin groups! So, I’ve put together a small list of debates that we competitive intelligence professionals endlessly engage in, and which will probably never be truly resolved.

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Intrapreneurs, Catalysts, Champions, etc: The Changing Needs Within Innovation Development

Intrapreneurs, Catalysts, Champions, etc: The Changing Needs Within Innovation Development | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
n part three of this series Anthony Ferrier considers why organizations are seeking ways to identify, engage and drive their employees towards innovative activities, with titles such as Intrapreneaurs, Innovation Catalysts, Innovation Champions, etc.
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MIT to Pioneer Science of Innovation

“Innovation – identified by MIT economist and Nobel laureate Robert Solow as the driver of long-term, sustainable economic growth and prosperity - has been a hallmark of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since its inception.” Thus starts The MIT Innovation Initiative: Sustaining and Extending a Legacy of Innovation, the preliminary report of a yearlong effort to define the innovation needed to address some of the world’s most challenging problems. Released earlier this month, the report was developed by the MIT Innovation Initiative, launched a year ago by MIT President Rafael Reif.
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What an Infiniti Would Look Like if There Were No Laws of Physics

What an Infiniti Would Look Like if There Were No Laws of Physics | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
You’d probably design something like the Infiniti Concept Vision Gran Turismo, a frankly ludicrous concept “car” designed by the automaker for the Gran Turismo 6 video game on the PlayStation 3. If the company is to be believed, the wild design shows what a “high performance Infiniti could look like in the future.” And to their credit, it actually looks a lot like the 550-horsepower Q80 Inspiration concept, one of the prettiest cars at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.
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Negotiating Deals From a Position of Powerlessness: INSEAD

Negotiating Deals From a Position of Powerlessness: INSEAD | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
When you are negotiating a deal it pays to have viable alternatives to fall back on – or at least that’s what most people think. New research suggests that being powerless can be liberating and help you achieve better deals.
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Digital Double-Down: How Digital Transformers will Leap Ahead - Accenture

Digital Double-Down: How Digital Transformers will Leap Ahead - Accenture | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Accenture commissioned a survey of 1,041 C-suite executives or board members from 20 countries representing 12 major industries on the prospects for the global economy and how digital transformation is impacting their core industry and the way they run their businesses. The research reveals that some companies are intensifying their efforts to drive digital transformation and accelerate ahead of their peers by emphasizing growth as the focus of their investments.
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US Economic Forecast: Volume 2 Issue 4 -- Deloitte

US Economic Forecast: Volume 2 Issue 4 -- Deloitte | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
There are plenty of reasons why actual economic growth might be better or worse than Deloitte’s forecasted baseline. The Deloitte forecast, therefore, includes four different scenarios to illustrate different possible future paths of the US economy that are worth thinking about. Deloitte’s economic forecasting team places subjective probabilities on each of the scenarios.
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Mercyhurst University's Tom Ridge School Hosts Fourth Global Intelligence Forum

From public health challenges like Ebola to the effect of climate change on food safety in the coming decades, international experts in public health, higher education, business and traditional intelligence will gather in Dungarvan, Ireland, for the fourth biennial Global Intelligence Forum – The Dungarvan Conference July 12-15, 2015. Sponsored by the Tom Ridge School of Intelligence Studies and Information Science at Mercyhurst University in Erie, Pennsylvania, the conference comes on the heels of highly successful summits. Panelists for this year's expanded forum – "Intelligence-Informed Decision-Making to Build a More Secure Future" – will address how leaders can effectively establish intelligence practices to enhance decision-making as they address pressing global concerns.

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6 Essential Sources to Use for a Competitor Profile

6 Essential Sources to Use for a Competitor Profile | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
So, you have to profile a competitor. You have the research scope and you are ready to start. What now? The essential six sources of information for starting any competitor profile are now uploaded as a handy guide in our free resources section.
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Case Study: Can One Business Unit Have 2 Revenue Models? - HBR

Case Study: Can One Business Unit Have 2 Revenue Models? - HBR | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

, “Don’t you see that both of you are constantly wriggling away from your revenue models to meet this or that customer need or to respond to competitors? This random reactivity is crazy.” “The only thing crazy,” Isolde replied, “is imposing a single, rigid structure that’s going to hamstring us when we need to be nimble, flexible, and ingenious to keep up with a dynamic marketplace.”

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How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge - HBR

How to Prevent Experts from Hoarding Knowledge - HBR | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
Lack of time or resources can, of course, constrain knowledge transfer. But one barrier to passing deep smarts along to the next generation that is often unaddressed is the expert’s inclination to hoard knowledge. Financial incentives, personal ego, and discontent or frustration with the company are three of the top reasons individuals choose to keep their expertise to themselves. But they’re also three issues that managers can actually change.
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Innovation Excellence | The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking

Innovation Excellence | The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

concept of strategy with you in this article and hopefully give you some basic principles which will help you to create your own customized strategic planning process. The best advice in strategic thinking is that you cannot copy others, you have to create something that fits the unique circumstances that your organization is in.

tools are only one of a number of strategies that can add value or that no single system will in perpetuity provide all the value that is needed in a dynamic competitive environment.Since 1900, there have been at least 14 major strategies that organizations have pursued (some of these have been pursued simultaneously). Beginning with 1900 and in approximate sequence these include:
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David Hain's curator insight, December 21, 6:36 AM

'All models are wrong, but some are useful.' ~ George EP Box.  Heres a useful framework for strategic implementation 

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Research: 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders - HBR

Research: 10 Traits of Innovative Leaders - HBR | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it

Then we interviewed each leader by phone, together with the leader’s boss and a number of direct reports and peers, to ask for concrete examples of what the leader did that caused him or her to be perceived as highly innovative. The colleagues were also asked how this leader differed from other leaders they’d served. When we combined the interviews with the 360-degree feedback, 10 distinctive behaviors emerged that set this group apart as innovation leaders. They are listed here in descending order of importance. These leaders: Display excellent strategic vision

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How to Use Competitive Intelligence to Gain an Advantage

How to Use Competitive Intelligence to Gain an Advantage | Strategy and Competitive Intelligence by Bonnie Hohhof | Scoop.it
In a world in which knowledge is power, what you don't know can hurt you. The good news: It's not so hard to find out what your rivals are up to. Some savvy (and perfectly legal) snooping—otherwise known as competitive intelligence—can drive your strategy, soothe your fears about the future, and give your company a competitive edge. In the pages that follow, we will show you how to mount an operation and wring key data points from reluctant sources. We will also explore the often murky line between what's ethical and what isn't
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Foglino's curator insight, December 21, 6:58 PM

Conduct is the new word. Gaining competitive advantage through competitive intelligence has always been a good objective.