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What Is a Business Model?

What Is a Business Model? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

A look through HBR’s archives shows the many ways business thinkers use the concept and how that can skew the definitions. Lewis himself echoes many people’s impression of how Peter Drucker defined the term — “assumptions about what a company gets paid for” — which is part of Drucker’s “theory of the business.”

 
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If all of this has left your head swimming, then Mark Johnson, who went on in his book Seizing the White Space to fill in the details of the idea presented in “Reinventing Your Business Model,” offers up perhaps the most useful starting point — this list of analogies, adapted from that book ... 

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The Pros and Cons of Doing One Thing at a Time !

The Pros and Cons of Doing One Thing at a Time ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

If you attack the tasks sequentially, you finish the first one in just three days, the second in six, the third in nine, and so on. In fact, you complete five of the six earlier than if you had been working on them in parallel (the sixth one wraps at the end of Day 18, same as in the first scenario). So at least two of the assigners are extremely happy and impressed, and overall five of the six assigners are happier than if you had juggled their tasks !

Fouad Bendris's insight:

It’s more efficient, but juggling tasks can spark creativity ... 

The idea that it’s better to finish your tasks in sequence than to jump around from one to another is very hard to accept, at least for me.

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Lori Wilk's curator insight, January 22, 4:51 PM

If this is not what we've been doing so far , it sounds like a great #organizational #tips to begin the new year. I like the suggestions about how to be more #efficient and #effective in #business.. 

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Leadership in turbulent times !

Leadership in turbulent times ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Whatever the weather - Captain is on board ;() 

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A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression !

A Second Chance to Make the Right Impression ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

ition at a prominent university. During his daylong visit to campus, he had lunch with a senior faculty member (let’s call him Bob) who had final say over the hire. After their food arrived, Bob said of his meal, “You know, this is great. You should try this.” Even though Gordon knew it was a dish he wouldn’t like, he felt pressured to have a bite so as not to offend his potential future boss. The lunch continued pleasantly, with Gordon enumerating his accomplishments and Bob responding positively. Gordon was therefore more than a little surprised when he didn’t get the job ... 

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The way we see one another can be irrational, incomplete, and inflexible—and largely automatic !

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Crucibles of Leadership !

Crucibles of Leadership ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

As lifelong students of leadership, we are fascinated with the notion of what makes a leader. Why is it that certain people seem to naturally inspire confidence, loyalty, and hard work, while others (who may have just as much vision and smarts) stumble, again and again? It’s a timeless question, and there’s no simple answer. But we have come to believe it has something to do with the different ways that people deal with adversity. Everyone is tested by life, but only a few extract strength and wisdom from their most trying experiences. They’re the ones we call leaders ... 

Fouad Bendris's insight:

The skills required to conquer adversity and emerge stronger and more committed than ever are the same ones that make for extraordinary leaders ! 

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Why Sales Ops Is So Hard to Get Right !

Why Sales Ops Is So Hard to Get Right ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

According to “Spin Selling” author Neil Rackham, when Xerox first established a sales operations group in the 1970s to take on activities such as sales planning, compensation, forecasting, and territory design, group leader J. Patrick Kelly described his responsibilities as “all the nasty number things that you don’t want to do, but need to do to make a great sales force ... 

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Strategies that use both internal and external (outsourced) resources enable sales ops leaders to build and manage these diverse capabilities cost-effectively !

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Overcoming the Peter Principle !

Overcoming the Peter Principle ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Management journals would not exist if managers were always perfect, so it’s no surprise that HBR has long been exploring the reasons behind manager incompetence and whose responsibility it is to compensate – the boss or the subordinate. Nowhere was the problem stated more acutely, it could be argued, than in the wicked 1969 satire, The Peter Principle. Taking the form of a serious work of business research, complete with entirely fake examples, it purported to have discovered the root cause of manager incompetence: Everyone in an organization keeps on getting promoted until they reach their level of incompetence. At that point they stop being promoted !

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What underlies these later discussions is the assumption that if most leaders are also subordinates, most subordinates are also leaders, with power of their own that they can bring to bear on their bosses ... 

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LinkedIn vs Facebook : la guerre des réseaux sociaux aura lieu !

LinkedIn vs Facebook : la guerre des réseaux sociaux aura lieu ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Facebook préparerait une déclinaison business de son réseau social. L’information augure d’une confrontation directe avec le champion incontesté du segment, LinkedIn, dont le cours de Bourse a d’ailleurs vacillé après la révélation du projet. Les ambitions de Facebook sont révélatrices d’au moins quatre enjeux.

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Un pavé dans la mare qui corrobore l'enormité des enjeux mercantiles mais plus encore la fragilité actuelle de l'étroite frontière entre les RSP - Reseau Sociaux Professionnels ! 

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Problem Resolution's Paradigm !

Problem Resolution's Paradigm ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Hunting moore's law in problem solving  ... The easiest way  ;()

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Use Novelty to Reignite Drive !

Use Novelty to Reignite Drive ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Think of a time when you got to pursue something new, perhaps a new assignment to turn a team around or a new job to revamp your company's software. Did you feel on top of the world? If you're like most people, you felt a boost of enthusiasm. But what about a few months or years later? Even if you were meeting your goals, did you feel as though you were going through the motions, putting another square peg into another square hole? I bet you did, because it's our human nature !

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Use Novelty to Invigorate ;()

We all have a 'seeking' emotional system that is responsible for our motivation, and it is ignited by novelty ... 


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What Makes a Leader?

What Makes a Leader? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
Evaluating Emotional Intelligence

Most large companies today have employed trained psychologists to develop what are known as “competency models” to aid them in identifying, training, and promoting likely stars in the leadership firmament. The psychologists have also developed such models for lower-level positions. In short, the numbers are beginning to tell us a persuasive story about the link between a company’s success and the emotional intelligence of its leaders. And just as important, research is also demonstrating that people can, if they take the right approach, develop their emotional intelligence !

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IQ and technical skills are important, but emotional intelligence is the sine qua non of leadership ;() 

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Can we solve everything with Big Data ?

Can we solve everything with Big Data ? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
Fouad Bendris's insight:

Big Data doesn’t replace Big Ideas !

It’s what you do with the data that matters ;() 

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Find out how you could help Enterprise Policy makers?

Find out how you could help Enterprise Policy makers? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Even a good story is not enough to cleverly scaffold policy ;()

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Becoming Manager !

Becoming Manager ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Prerequisites are not what we have in mind ;() 

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Banks Are Now Handing Out Loans to People They'd Normally Shun !

Banks Are Now Handing Out Loans to People They'd Normally Shun ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
Before Jeff Stewart could credibly advance the notion that your Facebook friend network could—or even should—help you get a loan, he had to prove the system worked and was reliable. It took a long time. I first met him in 2012, a year after he’d launched Lenddo, pitching it as a new way for people…
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As Internet companies, telecoms and banks all attempt to bring banking to this new group of borrowers, however, the competition is heating up ... 

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Data and Science Don't Necessarily Make a Good Data Scientist !

Data and Science Don't Necessarily Make a Good Data Scientist ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
In the coming year, demand for the services of individuals who can understand, analyze, interpret data - known as "data scientists" - will increase exponentially. So what makes a good data scientist? To help companies in desperate need of data scientists, today's blog post identifies the top traits that hiring managers and executives selecting appropriate analytics vendors should seek.
Fouad Bendris's insight:

The world of analytics and big data is changing rapidly !

New technologies, new use cases and new platforms are springing every single minute -The skills that someone has right now will only go so far. A great data scientist keeps pushing their own envelope and the envelope of her organization ... 

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The use of oxymoron's in Psychology !

The use of oxymoron's in Psychology ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Open-minded would be the cornerstone in this complex world ;() 

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Happy New Year 2015 !

Happy New Year 2015 ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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Cheers to a New Year and another chance for us to get it right ;() 

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Resilience: The Must-Have Strength For Entrepreneurs !

Resilience: The Must-Have Strength For Entrepreneurs ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Resilience is a one of the defining skills and behaviors of people who make it, according to Jeffrey Pfeffer, author of Power, and Jim Collins, author of Good to Great,writes Denise Brosseau, author of Ready to be a Thought Leader? How to Increase Your Influence, Impact, and Success. Some of you may say that you don’t have the resilience gene. It’s not in your nature to bounce back after adversity. As it turns out, you’re only half right. Fifty percent of our propensity for happiness is based on genetics, which we ! can’t influence very much

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Be grateful for what you have
Even when facing very painful events, try to consider the stressful situation in a broader context recommends the American Psychologist Association. Celebrate life’s little wins, advises Norville. That could be just getting out of the house. Research finds that grateful people recover faster from setbacks ... 

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Michel CEZON's curator insight, December 29, 2014 4:31 AM

Great stories about resilience and "intentional activity". Lessons learnt:
- Be grateful for what you have
- Be mentally tough
- Know your purpose
- Nurture yourself
- Paint me a survivor, not a victim

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The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking !

The Eight Dimensions of Strategic Thinking ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

I would like to describe a model for developing an effective strategic planning process. Most organizations do a poor job at planning and even poorer at execution. One of the major reasons that most strategic development plans fail is that most strategy models are one or two dimensional. SWOTs, Boston Consulting Matrix and the famous 7S model are all deficient in that they are not comprehensive and holistic. Most models oversimplify the Zeitgeist that is out there in the social and economic environments impacting organizations. Too many models deal with only a few of the key dimensions that affect organizations ... 

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The paradox of planning is that only by trying to predict the unpredictable will an organization be able to eliminate many of the uncertainties that the future will surely bring - People that cannot understand such paradoxes generally do not make very good strategic planners !

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The Inescapable Paradox of Managing Creativity !

The Inescapable Paradox of Managing Creativity ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

Of course, the picture above is just a sample – individual leadership styles and organizational needs will vary. When leading innovation, your challenge is to help your organization move appropriately, depending on context and shifting priorities, between “unleashing” and “harnessing” on each of these six scales in a process of continuous recalibration !

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Finally, the paradoxes help explain why leading innovation requires something other than conventional, command-and-control leadership – a different way of thinking about the role of the leader. It takes a powerful leader to unleash and harness innovation ... 

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Make Me An Offer I Can't Refuse: Smart Use Of Customer Data !

Make Me An Offer I Can't Refuse: Smart Use Of Customer Data ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
Have you ever called a company about your account and had to input your account number? When you finally get a person on the line, you are then asked, “What is your account number?” If you’re like me, that’s one of your pet peeves. Why don’t they know it? I [...]
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Consumers know what a company knows about them and if companies don’t put that information to use intelligently, reputations will suffer. They expect the companies that serve them to be smart ... 

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Digital World and associated Challenges !

Digital World and associated Challenges ! | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it
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 The new paradigm of Ephemeral Happiness !

" Citius - Altius - Fortius "  ;() 

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Are You Using Data To Analyze The Past Or To Create A New Future?

Are You Using Data To Analyze The Past Or To Create A New Future? | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

n Nate Silver’s Five Thirty Eight manifesto, he argues that the plural of anecdote is data.  It is through compiling and analyzing observations that we transform ordinary experiences into scientific conclusions. Yet the concept of data is still relatively new.  According to Google’s Ngram, the use of the word only began to be heat up in the 1960’s. 

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The Poverty Of Historicism

In the 1930’s, Karl Popper began to speak out against excessive reverence of the past in a paper called The Poverty of Historicism, which was later published as a book.  He argued that, in fact, there was no reason to believe that future will look like what came before it !

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Being Happy at Work Matters ;()

Being Happy at Work Matters ;() | Strategy & Governance | Scoop.it

People used to believe that you didn’t have to be happy at work to succeed. And you didn’t need to like the people you work with, or even share their values. “Work is notpersonal,” the thinking went. This is bunk. Disengaged, unhappy people aren’t any fun to work with, don’t add much value, and impact our organizations (and our economy) in profoundly negative ways. It’s even worse when leaders are disengaged because they infect others with their attitude. Their emotions and mindset impact others’ moods and performance tremendously. After all, how we feel is linked to what and how we think. In other words, thought influences emotion, and emotion influences thinking !

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Just trying to get through the day isn’t enough !

Added up, brain science and our organizational research are in fact debunking the old myths: emotions matter a lot at work. Happiness is important. To be fully engaged, people need vision, meaning, purpose, and resonant relationships ... 

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