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If you don’t like how things are done, tell a different story

A typical marketing and sales person recently asked me why I don’t place ads on my blog to generate additional revenue. Being that this blog gets between 6K – 9K visits/month, I’m in a very good position to do so (I have gotten requests from companies to place ads). But, I don’t want to place [...]

Q&A: Group Partners on How Visualization Provides Strategic Ways To Solve Business Challenges

Why We Think Visually from John Caswell on Vimeo. To be great at strategy and innovation, you must be able to work through an interconnected system. And, as the pace of change exceeds our ability to grasp what is happening around us, a better approach is needed for developing strategy and innovation. A visual approach [...]

Innovation starts with needs but it doesn’t end there

Businesses, either new or “me-too’s”, set out to fulfill a need in the marketplace. Whoever fills this need in a better way, usually is rewarded with profits for a long time. But, profits does not a sustainable company make. Though this particular story I’m about to tell you doesn’t talk about billions of dollars in [...]

Why is competitive advantage temporary?

An often asked question. Yet, there are those who think that competitive advantages are everlasting. Competitive advantage, it seems to me, has become an instrument of finance. As in, how can our company accumulate hoards of cash to become sustainable? The defining metric for said advantage is profits. That is a mindset, I believe, of [...]

Strategy doesn’t inspire people. Conviction does.

Before strategy, have an opinion. Everyone wants a strategy, but not many have an opinion. I’ve talked about this before, purpose matters. And although I don’t like repeating the same message over and over again, I’ve got a feeling this is never going to end. A real opinion, to me, is a stretch thought about [...]

The 12 enemies of adaptability

The twelve enemies of adaptability as curated by Hack Management participants: Click image for larger size. Source: Hacking HR to Build an Adaptability Advantage

HBR’s 10 Must Reads: The Essentials

Last week I shared with you HBR’s 10 must reads on innovation. Today I’ll share HBR’s 10 Essential must reads. Again, just click on the link and voila!