Management

What the World Cup is Telling Us

Have you been watching the World Cup? I am a huge soccer fan and really enjoy the World Cup because it’s such a fascinating international spectacle. Plus, it never fails to serve up some interesting lessons that have real application in the business world. For example: Life isn’t always fair. The U.S. team was victimized more than once by highly ...

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When Should Management Push Enterprise 2.0 Adoption?

After the Boston edition of the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, IBM’s Rawn Shah wrote a great follow-up post outlining ten observations from the event. A couple points that I found myself agreeing with wholeheartedly were: Adoption is about transforming human behaviors at work – More folks are starting to recognize that it is not trivial to bring communities and other social ...

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Who Owns Cost?

I’ve heard product cost is designed in; I’ve heard it happens at the early stages of product development; And, I’ve heard, once designed in, cost is difficult get out. I’m sure you’ve heard this before. Nothing new here. But, is it true? Is cost really designed in? Why do I ask? Because we don’t behave like it’s true. Because was ...

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7 Reasons Why Your Firm Can't Innovate

I was meeting with a group that is interested in fostering innovation in the state where I live and we were talking about the reasons why organizations don’t innovate. We talked about the lack of strategy and cultural barriers and a number of other reasons. There are hosts of very smart people writing books and research papers on this very ...

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Leadership Defined

What’s your definition of Leadership? In thinking about the comments I’ve received from readers on the topic of leadership I noticed an interesting paradox…while many of you vehemently disagree on the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of different leadership styles, most of you are in total agreement on the qualities and attributes possessed by great leaders regardless of style. In further ...

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Our Misguided Focus on Patents

Is it patented? Can we patent that? We need a @#!$%& patent and we need it now! You hear that a lot these days. Everyone wants to be part of the new economy, the thinking economy, and patents are the key, right? No. Patents are the results of something – good, old-fashioned innovation.

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The Complexity Wakeup Call

The world is only going to get more complicated and move faster. Will you be one of the few keeping up? Have you responded to the wakeup call that has been sounding for business leaders? For the past few years I’ve been talking about and sharing with anyone who will listen – clients, seminar and learning session attendees, keynote audiences ...

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How Successful Are You at Change?

The success rate for business change has not materially improved for 20 years in spite of increasing investment in management training and development. I was recently talking to a global multinational that undertook a full review of how good they really were at changing their business – new processes, new products, restructuring, etc. They employed an external company to do ...

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The Learning CEO

“The Learning CEO” is a phrase I coined a number of years back to help my clients understand the high correlation between actionable, applied knowledge and success as a leader. As an advisor to CEOs, there is little doubt that I’m passionate about CEO development. There is one simple reason why…it works. Great CEOs are like a sponge when it ...

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Planning for Disruption – Walgreens versus Netflix

According to Crain’s Chicago Business, “Walgreen’s Same Store Sales Nearly Flat.” Walgreen’s has been Locked-in for 3 decades. Build more stores. Simple. Just like WalMart did for many years. Demand seemed insatiable, until there was a store on almost every corner. Build stores, turn the product fast and keep people coming in for prescriptions or something on sale. Their Success ...

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