Management

Setting a Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal (BHAG)

by Matthew E May Over at the American Express Open Forum Idea Hub, I’ve posted “How to Set a BHAG.” A BHAG is a Big, Hairy Audacious Goal, and it’s a term coined by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras. I’m constantly asked about the challenge of complacency — you know, things are going well, but there’s a comfort setting in, ...

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Broken Trust

This is the final post in a three part series on trust. The first post was an interview with Chris Brogan, the second was on creating a No Spin Zone, and today’s post is on the topic of Broken Trust. Some of my work happens to be in the field of crisis management, and given the recent calamity surrounding what ...

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Stop Procrastinating – 2 Minutes or Less

When I think about procrastination, I think first of bigger projects. I have a column to write, a proposal to finish, a report to publish. The real time-suckers are the much smaller projects. If you read an email and don’t take action right away, you’re procrastinating. If you see an interesting article or blog post and don’t do something with ...

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A No Spin Zone

Status Quo - The Big Lie

As a follow-up to my interview last week with Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author of “Trust Agents”, I felt that it was only appropriate to take a closer look at the topic of trust. My feeling is that business should be a no spin zone because trust really does matter. However in the wake of some of the ...

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Innovation Perspectives – An Innovation Progression

This is the fifth of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” Here is the next perspective in the series: by Mark Roser Having consulted in the new product and innovation areas of major pharmaceutical companies and commercial transportation companies over the past 12 years, and ...

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Making Innovation Happen in the Downturn

What should innovation leaders do make things happen in times like this to? Let me present you with some ideas and hopefully you can add more advice on this in the following discussion. Here are eight quick tips: 1. Align With Executives You need to have a better alignment between the innovation strategy and the overall corporate strategy. One way ...

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Innovation Perspectives – The Innovation Buck Stops Here

This is the second of several ‘Innovation Perspectives‘ articles we will publish this week from multiple authors to get different perspectives on “Where should innovation reside?” On the heels of Steven Todd’s kickoff, here is another perspective: by Jeffrey Phillips Braden Kelley has asked a number of us to respond to the question “Who owns innovation and where does it ...

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The Impact of Trends on Business

Today’s post was inspired by a witty piece authored by Wally Bock on the topic of fads. If you’re not familiar with Wally’s work, I’d recommend checking him out on a regular basis. When you looked beyond the humor, Wally made some great points about the impact (or lack thereof) of the latest fads, trends, business theories, gimmicks, concepts conveyed ...

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Innovation – Elite Unit or Crowdsource?

A classic dilemma for companies is determining the best way to foster innovation. There are many good books with different approaches. Clayton Christensen’s “Innovator’s Dilemma” has influenced a generation’s thinking about innovation. He focuses management and entrepreneurs’ attention on the Big I: ‘disruptive innovation’. One outcome of the popularity of Christensen’s book is the awareness people have that entrenched business ...

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Equality & Team Building

In recent months I have observed a decent amount of politically correct discourse on the topic of team building and equality. The gist of the argument seems to be that for teams to be productive, employees have to feel ’empowered’ by having an equal voice. I can sum-up my feeling on this in one word – ‘ridiculous’. To be blunt, ...

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