Letting Go with Grace

Lead Change Blog

Leadership Development attachment business model collaboration customer employees grace Growth holding on impermanence leaders letting go talent Posted in Leadership Development It’s been a tough week.

William Miller on Business Model Innovation

Rajesh Setty

I have known Dr. William Miller (co-founder of Value Centered Innovation ) for a number of years and every conversation with him on business model innovation and beyond has been delightful and insightful. RS: Is the main purpose of a business model to define how the company will make money? WM: No business is an island, separate and independent from the society it operates in. RS: What are the main components of a business model?

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0410 | Alexander Osterwalder


Alexander Osterwalder is an entrepreneur, speaker, and business model innovator. In their book, Business Model Generation , he and Professor Yves Pigneur revealed the Business Model Canvas, a practical tool to visualize, challenge and re-invent business models.

2013 Trends and The Power of Women

Women on Business

I was recently asked to think about how 2013 trends will impact women in the work force and how women will impact the trends. Could I see the future as a projection of the strides I’ve been able to make, similar to what other women in business have done?

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10 Things Every Leader Should Challenge

N2Growth Blog

Innovation Leadership Success Business Models Forbes Leadership and the Status Quo Mike Myatt Mike Myatt ForbesNews Flash – innovation, growth and development cannot occur by pretending we live in a world that has long since passed us by.

0405 | Saul Kaplan


Saul Kaplan is the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Business Innovation Factory and the author of Business Model Innovation Factory. Saul Kaplan is the Founder and Chief Catalyst of Business Innovation Factory and the author of Business Model Innovation Factory.

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Five Strategies for Nonprofit Innovation


Nonprofits face a fundamental “business” challenge: they’re “nonprofits.” millions US nonprofits don’t support themselves through “competing” or creating better products, services, or business models. Social business is gaining steam. Create a sustainable business model.

Lessons from Amazonian Culture and Ecology for Talent Management

Lead Change Blog

Their business model is unique and there are so many lessons for our businesses and organizations from their story.

Lean Startup Conference Pre-Workshop

Mills Scofield

I''m excited to do a workshop on Business Model innovation before the Lean Startup Conference simulcast at Leandog in Cleveland on December 10th! Business Model Generation Cleveland Conference Culture Entrepreneurship Innovation Lean Startup Leandog Strategy

Innovating The Brick-and-Mortar Injustice Infrastructure

Mills Scofield

In a world filled with Pay-Day lenders that ruin lives, CGF is starting to making a difference by innovating the basic business model. It’s time for us to finally put poverty out of business for good. [1]

A Business Model for Bangladesh

Harvard Business Review

The true solution, we think, lies in understanding the changed nature of modern supply chains and identifying new business models better suited for managing them. We think the answer to that problem lies in the novel business model pioneered by companies like Li & Fung Ltd.,

Alan Gregerman on “Rethinking Employee Engagement”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Alan Gregerman Henry Chesbrough Lessons from the Sandbox open business model open people model Surrounded by Geniuses The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight [comma] Innovation [comma] and Success As I began to read Alan Gregerman’s recently published book, The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight, Innovation, and Success, I was again reminded of how deceptively complicated the word “stranger” is.

The Necessity of Strangers: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Gregerman Jossey-Bass/A Wiley Brand (2013) How and why it is imperative to engage, learn from, and collaborate with strangers As I began to read this book, I was again reminded of how deceptively complicated the word “stranger” is. The Necessity of Strangers: The Intriguing Truth About Insight, Innovation, and Success Alan S.

Six Ways to See the World through New Lenses—and Lead More Effectively

Leading Blog

This moment of clear-sightedness led to Ford's trimming its bloated portfolio of 97 models to just 20, selling off Jaguar, Land Rover, and Aston Martin in the process, and focusing on smaller, more fuel-efficient cars.

How Amazon Adapted Its Business Model to India

Harvard Business Review

That something was the very business model that had made Amazon an internet powerhouse in the U.S. How Digital Business Models Are Changing. With the former, Amazon couriers pick up packaged goods from a seller’s place of business and deliver them to consumers.

The Coming of the Clairvoyant Computer

Leading Blog

I've faced some tough challenges, such as which surgery to get, how to invest for my business, and even how to deal with identify theft. Prediction in Big Business — The Destiny of Assets. It's the unsalted, flavorless residue deposited en masse as businesses churn away.

Where J.C. Penney And Ron Johnson Went Wrong

N2Growth Blog

Penney’s didn’t need cool – they needed someone who understood the JCP culture, the JCP consumer, and the JCP business, all of which varied radically from Johnson’s Apple experience. The label of cool comes as a result of great business decisions and outstanding leadership.

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Why Marissa Mayer Will Fail At Yahoo

N2Growth Blog

A new chief executive must engender trust and confidence in the workforce, while going to school on understanding the culture and the business model. The key here is to have standards, and to apply well reasoned business logic. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

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The Fall of the Alphas

First Friday Book Synopsis

Martin’s Press (2013) This is another “time to be born, and a time to die; A time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.” The Fall of the Alphas: The New Beta Way to Connect, Collaborate, Influence—and Lead Dana Ardi St. ” Ecclesiastes As Dana Ardi explains, “Today’s American corporate world […].

Embrace the Business Model That Threatens You

Harvard Business Review

If your company is already well established and has smart management, it is likely that it will become a hybrid in the next ten years, blending its legacy business with a new business model that is rising to threaten it.

Time to Take (a Personal) Inventory

Kevin Eikenberry

Businesses take inventories regularly to re-calibrate, confirm, and set themselves up for a successful future. Based on your business model and procedures, the time(s) when you take these measurements may change. At certain times of the year (like the impending changing of the seasons), people often reflect and “take stock” (a clear reference to inventory) of [.]. Building Relationships Intention Leadership Learning Personal Development

Leadership Lessons from the Banking Upheaval

Great Leadership By Dan

While they may be good at dreaming up new financial products, they are not so hot when it comes to taking a completely fresh look at their business. By making it clear that the business is open to new ideas, leaders can help create a culture that stimulates them.

Romancing the Pitch…

Rajesh Setty

That advice (unintentionally) implies that everything else about the business is quite all right and all it requires is a pitch upgrade. The way the business was structured, it would fail the moment it started getting traction. A bad business model cannot be salvaged with a great story.

The Best Digital Business Models Put Evolution Before Revolution

Harvard Business Review

What, another clarion call urging executives to fundamentally rethink their business models through digital technology? The business media have had no shortage of these. And only 15% said digital was helping them to create new business models.

Are You Recognizing Your People’s Best Ideas?

Great Leadership By Dan

Xerox invented the personal computer but handed it off to Apple and Microsoft because the senior leaders didn’t understand how it fit into a business model built around making photocopies.

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Dan Pontefract : Part 2 of an interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Classroomachev [comma] Tear Down These Walls” “The Connected Leader Attributes” “The Connected Leader Chasm” “The Organization vs. Life Itself” “The Participative Leader Framework” Bill Breen Bill Gates Brilliant Mistakes Brooke Manville Chariots of Fire Collaboration Technologies Collaborative Leader Action Model (CLAM) Dan Pink Dan Pontefract: An interview by Bob Morris Flat Army: Creating a Connected and Engaged Organization TELUS the TELUS Leadership Philosophy and the Learning 2.0

The Clarity Principle

Leading Blog

Instead of leading we are being lead by the business we are supposed to be leading. The Clarity Principle states that clarity is derived from purpose, and purpose from a pivotal act of choice that leaders make about the business. Leaders often "duck their responsibility for choosing because they cannot accept the tradeoffs, risk, and loss that accompany and act of commitment to one definition of the business over the other."

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A Better Way to Think About Your Business Model

Harvard Business Review

The business model canvas — as opposed to the traditional, intricate business plan — helps organizations conduct structured, tangible, and strategic conversations around new businesses or existing ones.

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Amazon Constantly Audits its Business Model

Harvard Business Review

We are all accustomed to new offerings from Amazon.com: in fact, since its inception in 1995, Amazon has fundamentally changed its business model several times. Back then, Amazon’s operation was organized around a “sell all, carry few” business model: while offering more than a million books it actually stocked only about 2,000. All of these advances led to a reversal of the “sell all, carry few” business model, which morphed into “sell all, carry more.”

Blogging on Business Update from Bob Morris (Week of 6/3/13)

First Friday Book Synopsis

I hope that at least a few of these recent posts will be of interest to you: BOOK REVIEWS The Universe Within: Discovering the Common History of Rocks, Planets, and People Neil Shubin Finerman’s Rules: Secrets I’d Only Tell My Daughters About Business and Life Karen Finerman Converge: Transforming Business at the Intersection of Marketing […].

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Why Large Companies Struggle With Business Model Innovation

Harvard Business Review

This is especially true for business model innovations — when the new idea is not a product, service, or technology but a different way of engaging with the customers and earning revenue from them. Even the most brilliant business model innovation idea is just that: an idea.

At Last, a New Business Model for Tesla

Harvard Business Review

Almost four months back, on this blog, we called for Tesla to complement the path-breaking technology in the Model S sedan with an innovative business model to match ( Tesla''s Model S: Technology Outruns the Business Model ).

Can Groupon Save Its Business Model?

Harvard Business Review

Not long ago, there was this multi-billion dollar company called Groupon that was going to revolutionize the business of bargains, whose founders turned down a $6 Billion offer from Google. To turn its fortunes around after a long period of performing below (admittedly inflated) expectations, Groupon changed a core element of its business model sometime last year. The discounts available through Groupon coupons used to be subject to a host of restrictions, (e.g., “the

Broadcast TV Needs a New Business Model

Harvard Business Review

Broadcasters have had it tough in business model terms. Indeed, the New York Times recently noted that the profit model for broadcasters is under assault, citing "cracks in the citadel of TV profits." Upstart Aereo has a potentially devastating business model where, using teeny antennas, they snatch "free" content that broadcasters send over the airwaves, then charge customers subscription fees to have that content directed to their own TV sets.

Coming Soon from Chart Your Course: Build Your Business Boot Camp!

Chart Your Course

Build Your Business Boot Camp. My new Build Your Business Boot Camp will cover a comprehensive list of ways business owners, consultants, trainers and entrepreneurs can begin building and growing their business. Collaborative brainstorming on your business model.

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Competitive Advantage from the Bottom of the Pyramid


Ajay is a technologist and business strategist who often obsesses over issues that range from the impact of technology on disruptive business models to entrepreneurship and impact investing. The business model is subscription based and very affordable around $2 / month.

Trust in Leadership – 5 Key Practices to Earn Trust

Lead on Purpose

The article’s author asserts that old leadership models were based on power because business was essentially about competition. Today’s more collaborative, creative business models, on the other hand, require leaders with high emotional intelligence – business leaders who can build trust among their colleagues and employees. Daniela Baker from CreditDonkey is a small business blogger and social media advocate. Guest post by Daniela Baker.

5 Tips to Define Your Business Strategy – Literally


You want to ensure you’re driving the actions you want, which in turn lead to the business outcome you want. Be real: Describe how you’re thinking about the business today and where you want it to go as if you were talking directly to a front-line employee.

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How to Use Uncertainty and Surprise for Breakthroughs


Could we be overlooking – even resisting – one of the most essential catalysts of personal and business breakthroughs? But early on, CEO Scott Cook and his leadership team kept hearing that small businesses were using the product. Most leaders are taught to avoid uncertainty.

What Happened When Linkin Park Asked Harvard for Help with Its Business Model

Harvard Business Review

Technology has forced music artists to completely rethink the way they approach their businesses. The most successful artists in this new landscape have begun to look at new business models and new industries to strengthen their existing brands. A New Model.

Every Business Is (Or Should Be) a Social Business

Mills Scofield

Latest in HBR on Business Models in Social & "Regular" Ventures

How Investors React When Companies Announce They’re Moving to a SaaS Business Model

Harvard Business Review

Adobe’s radical transformation from a product-based business model to a service-based one raised eyebrows in the industry, with many software vendors now wondering how radically they should approach the SaaS model. For example, in 2014 IDC estimated that more than one-quarter of enterprise applications would be offered with the SaaS model by 2018, up from one-sixth in 2013. compared to new product launches with the SaaS model.

More Is Better, Until It’s Not


what makes it hard to manage more than one business model within. for black and white answers – but business rarely offers them. Collaboration is an important part of innovation. The days of the lone.

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