Archive for: November, 2011

Change will happen whether you like it or not

Companies are still scrambling with the rise of social networks like Twitter. If people think you suck they’ll gladly express themselves and let everyone else who listens to them. Oh and by the way, this happens in real-time.

This is the type of change most companies have not embraced.

But you know what, this change in communications was going to happen eventually the moment we had access to the internet. Social networks simply accelerated the process. All change tends to break with existing convention and social networking is no different.

There are other changes happening because of the internet, that of ‘easy access to information’. As content creation and information sharing accelerates, knowledge creation is accelerating.

Innovation posts of the week: How to use social media for innovation

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People don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it

Yesterday I went to TEDex TijuanaSalon at Cety’s University in Tijuana. While three of the four speakers talked about entrepreneurship, it was the speaker in a video from a previous TED that got the most applause. The people who organized the event apparently wanted to add more content and so decided to play Simon Sinek’s video for the audience.

Simon Sinek wasn’t there in the flesh, but his talk about how great leaders inspire action was by far the best talk everyone got to see yesterday. Anyways, I thought it would be great to revisit the main message of his talk: People don’t buy what you do, people buy why you do it.

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Innovation posts of the week: Fire all the managers

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Innovation makes things cheaper

Dippin' Dots Flavored Ice Cream

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Believe it or not I’ve heard business owners tell me that if they’re innovating, they want to charge a high price. First of all, a truly innovative ideas makes it’s benefits accessible to as many people as possible. This means the cost of entry for the customer is lower, not higher.

Case in point: Dippin’ Dots.

Supposedly they were the ice cream of the future. Not so. They filed for bankruptcy a few weeks ago. Sure the technology behind it is pretty cool but it doesn’t make the product more delightful than the traditional creamy ice cream.

Dippin’ Dots doesn’t dramatically change the customer experience either. Eating ice cream the old fashioned way, with a cone, is still an irresistible experience.

Are You Indispensable at Work?

This is a guest post by Robert B. Tucker

In a time of economic disruption, unprecedented downsizings, budgetary cutbacks and the constant pressure to outsource more and more routine functions (and the employees who perform them), advice on professional survival always seems to convey the same tired message: Be visible. Don’t make enemies. Brown nose the boss. And work even harder.

In reality, you are already working hard. Simply working harder will not be enough, and may lead to a burnout. Relying solely on your functional skills and expertise will not be enough to make you difficult to replace. And your years of experience on the job may not have the cachet they once did either.

The good news is there is something you can do to take charge of your career if you’re willing to consider it. Based on research and interviews with 43 standout employees whom peers, bosses and colleagues identified as indispensable, I believe the only way to become more valuable to your organization – and have incredible job satisfaction in the process – is to focus on mastering a new set of strategic skills.