Failure: The Competitive Advantage

Lead from Within

Failure gives us the competitive advantage, it opens the door unto everything we need to know. The post Failure: The Competitive Advantage appeared first on Lolly Daskal.

High Performance Teams; A Competitive Advantage

Coaching Tip

High-performing teams are increasingly a competitive advantage. Steve Jacobs: The Behavior Breakthrough: Leading Your Organization to a New Competitive Advantage . A good way to build teams is through self-assessments and exercises that provide deep self-reflection and relationship evaluation. Actually, team building is not just about the team; it''s about looking inside ourselves to understand our default behavior. .

The Fall of Competitive Advantage and the Rise of Transient Advantages

LDRLB

For too long the business world has been obsessed with the notion of building a sustainable competitive advantage… I’m not arguing that it’s a bad idea—obviously, it’s marvelous to compete in a way that others can’t imitate… But it’s now rare for a company to maintain a truly lasting advantage.

Competitive Advantage from the Bottom of the Pyramid

LDRLB

In a world where global competition is absolute, companies are looking at new ways to gain sustained competitive advantages. [Editor''s Note: This is a guest post from Ajay Swamy.

3 Ways Pixar Gains Competitive Advantage from Its Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

If any doubt existed that Disney’s magic was back, it was put to rest with the 2013 release of the blockbuster movie Frozen. With 70 percent of American workers disengaged today, Pixar and Disney Animation provide a model for engaging and energizing employees by making culture a competitive advantage. The post 3 Ways Pixar Gains Competitive Advantage from Its Culture appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard. As seen on Fox Business.

Microsoft Office: A Competitive Advantage that Needs to be Mobile

Coaching Tip

One of the major strategic plays, set in motion by the purchase of Nokia Corporation''s mobile-phone business, is to take their Microsoft Windows Office competitive advantage to the mobile marketplace of smartphones and tablets. High Performance Teams; A Competitive Advantage.

The most MEANINGFUL competitive advantage

Rajesh Setty

The most meaningful competitive advantage is. Caring at scale is a clear competitive advantage because so many people out there pretend to care. If you can get there, you have the most meaningful competitive advantage!

March 2013 Leadership Development Carnival

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Welcome to the March 2013 Leadership Development Carnival! As a bonus, Jennifer includes an infographic of a 2013 survey by The Institute for Corporate Productivity that demonstrates how critical of an issue change is for today’s organizations.

First Look: Leadership Books for June 2013

Leading Blog

The End of Competitive Advantage : How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business by Rita Gunther McGrath. Here''s a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in June. How to Change Minds : The Art of Influence without Manipulation by Rob Jolles. Icons and Idiots : Straight Talk on Leadership by Bob Lutz. The Great Degeneration : How Institutions Decay and Economies Die by Niall Ferguson.

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2013 Best Summer Reads

LDRLB

Perhaps this year you’ve been extra busy, and need to catch up on some of 2013’s good new releases. The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business by Rita Gunter McGrath. Summer is fast upon us.

Don’t Leave a Dead Bird on your Doorstep!

N2Growth Blog

This happens when employees fail to understand their role in the context of the competitive environment. Even though her job is bigger now, the CEO still has a duty to establish that same competitive context. Have you communicated the context of your competitive environment?

0415 | Eric Lowitt

LDRLB

Eric Lowitt is a globally recognized expert in the fields of competitive strategy, growth, and sustainability. He is the author of The Collaboration Economy: How to Meet Business, Social, and Environmental Needs and Gain Competitive Advantage.

0416 | Rita Gunther McGrath

LDRLB

She is the author of The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business. In this interview, we discuss the end of sustainable competitive advantage and a the new strategy playbook for establishing a transient advantage.

0417 | Rita Gunther McGrath

LDRLB

She is the author of The End of Competitive Advantage: How to Keep Your Strategy Moving as Fast as Your Business. In this interview, we discuss the end of sustainable competitive advantage and a the new strategy playbook for establishing a transient advantage.

Is There a Place for Love in Leadership?

Michael Lee Stallard

By 2013, the most current year data is available, the percentage of single-person households soared to 27.4 Love is a powerful source of competitive advantage. “A company is stronger if bound by love than by fear.”

The McKinsey Quarterly: The Most Popular Articles (First Q 2013)

First Friday Book Synopsis

STRATEGY Six social-media skills every leader needs: Organizational social-media literacy is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage. Bob''s blog entries The McKinsey Quarterly: The Most Popular Articles (First Quarter 2013 In case you missed them, these articles have been most popular with The McKinsey Quarterly‘s readers in the first quarter of this year. You are cordially invited to read them today and join the conversation.

Six social-media skills every leader needs

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a brief excerpt from an article co-authored by Roland Deiser and Sylvain Newton for The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company, in which they explain how and why organizational social-media literacy is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage.

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The End of Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

In her latest book, Columbia Business School professor Rita Gunther McGrath has taken on the very concept of sustainable competitive advantage. In a world without sustainable competitive advantage, the new path to winning means capturing opportunities quickly, exploiting them decisively, and then moving on once they are exhausted. It''s all about learning to thrive in a transient advantage economy.

Tilt: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Tilt: Shifting Your Strategy from Products to Customers Niraj Dawar Harvard Business Review Press (2013) How and why downstream, customer-led activities and preferences will dominate the competitive landscape in the future Niraj Dawar offers an exceptionally thoughtful and thought-provoking examination and explanation of what could be viewed – what indeed I view – as a […].

In Collaboration We Trust

Lead Change Blog

In a world of extreme connectedness, collaboration is rising as a strategic and practical way to gain a competitive advantage. Posted in Team Dynamics [link] Collaboration is the new way to work. Walls are being removed and collaboration points are being designed into workplaces.

Beyond corporate social responsibility: Integrated external engagement

First Friday Book Synopsis

Obviously, companies must incorporate interaction with stakeholders into decision making at every level of the organization. That’s much easier said than done, however. Here is a brief excerpt from an article co-authored by John Browne and Robin Nuttall for The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company, in which they explain how and why traditional [.].

Invest in Proprietary Data for Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

Translating those insights into profitable new and improved services and sustained competitive advantage is another matter altogether. Without such data it is simply too easy for competitors to let you do the hard work of innovation, then copy your insights and erode your competitive advantage. It is difficult to sustain a competitive advantage via infrastructure technologies. Companies should seek to create advantage via proprietary data structures.

Gain Competitive Advantage—by Questioning Old Habits

Harvard Business Review

Competition Customers Research Freek Vermeulen , associate professor at London Business School, explains how the newspapers improved sales by debunking an industry myth.

Three Counterintuitive Tips To Enhance Your Creativity

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

Creativity is the seed of innovation and, in the business world, innovation is the seed of competitive advantage. Guest Post by David Burkus We live and work in a world of complex problems, and few people would argue that we can solve those problems without a lot of creativity.

What 10-Foot Noodles Have to Do with Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

"A properly integrated business model forms the essence of a company''s competitive advantage," my colleague Mark Johnson advises. To find some measure of lasting advantage in today''s markets requires companies to look for non-obvious ways to innovate. Competitive advantage from devising products and services that have more features or do more things fades seemingly overnight. Competition Innovation

Leadership and Memorial Day

N2Growth Blog

While not all great business leaders have served in the military, those of you who have worked to develop the leadership traits mentioned above understand the advantages you derive from a having a military leadership state of mind. By Mike Myatt , Chief Executive Officer, N2growth .

Autism's Competitive Advantage, and Challenge, in the Workplace

Harvard Business Review

Ironically, a cure for autism likely obliterates the disorder''s competitive advantage in the global marketplace. Talk about turning a bug into a feature. SAP, the German software giant, announced that it hopes to hire hundreds of autistics as talented programmers and product testers. The firm told the BBC that by 2020 perhaps 1% of its global workforce of 65,000 would be people with autism.

100% Of Companies Have This Problem

N2Growth Blog

I encourage you to not let apathy, negative experience based upon results of bad process or flawed implementations, or the fear of the unknown keep you from benefiting from the numerous advantages created by good process engineering. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

Good Business Needs an Angle

CEO Blog

Something that you have competitive advantage in. I repeatedly push businesses to have competitive advantage. Some interesting stuff: An article on Medium on the next big thing (s). I enjoy Bob Sutton''s blogs. I am finding the Facebook entry into video ads interesting.

Marissa Mayer’s Big Play for Good Reason

In the CEO Afterlife

The competitive advantage lies in how Yahoo’s employees work together to fulfill Marissa Mayer’s strategic vision. At the risk of adding to my reputation as yesterday’s man, I’m fully supporting Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer’s ban on working from home.

Leadership Begins With Humility

Tanveer Naseer

For institutions, determining Point A is not much different; it is making an assessment and taking an inventory of its strengths and weaknesses, including its competitive advantages and intelligence, and then determining the nature of its market and its market position.

061: The Myths of Creativity: The Truth About How Innovative Leaders Generate Great Ideas | with David Burkus

Engaging Leader

Creativity is the starting point for all innovation, and most organizations rely on innovation to create a competitive advantage. Creativity is the starting point for all innovation, and most organizations rely on innovation to create a competitive advantage.

People are Job 1

Leading Blog

Trustworthy leaders succeed in the marketplace because their trustworthiness provides them with two key competitive advantages: first, they benefit from the cooperation of employees with each other, across departments, and throughout the organization as a whole; and second they engender a deep, strong commitment among employees to the long-term success of the company, its mission, and its vision as expressed by the leader.

The Most Overused Word in Business

In the CEO Afterlife

The “steel” in strategy is its capacity to set the stage for an organization to achieve ironclad competitive advantage. Selling Coke at a price above competition destroys the retailer’s strategic positioning. Strategy has to be one of the most misused words in business.

How to Overcome the 3 Organizational Barriers to Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

In today’s hyper-competitive business climate, why would companies ignore such a no-brainer opportunity to kick the competition’s #%$@?

What is Your Innovation Style?

Great Leadership By Dan

Guest post from Shoya Zichy: Innovation is critical to an organization''s growth and competitive advantage. Yet in a recent survey of 5,000 only 1 in 4 people believe they are living up to their creative potential.

Leadership Lessons from the Banking Upheaval

Great Leadership By Dan

Because if failure is always seen as a sign of weakness rather than a by-product of striving hard for success, people will be less likely to develop the kind of breakthrough new ideas that could provide much-needed competitive advantage.

Desert Island Challenge

Survive Your Promotion

Lacking claws, body armor or fangs, our brains are our primary competitive advantage from a species survival perspective. Imagine for a minute that you are standing on the soft white sand of a beach.

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Beyond those benefits, great listening has some other advantages that aren’t immediately apparent for a leader. Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival !

Loyalty 3.0: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

How to Revolutionize Customer and Employee Engagement with Big Data and Gamification Rajat Paharia McGraw-Hill (2013) How to establish and then sudtain a stakeholder loyalty and engagement program that drives a competitive advantage for your enterprise According to Rajat Paharia, the title of this book refers to the Holy Grail of stakeholder loyalty […]. Loyalty 3.0:

Change Behavior with Performance Coaching

Coaching Tip

Build upon the four cornerstones of sustainable high performance--direction, competence, opportunity and motivation--Jacobs shows how new behaviors improve results , increase ROI and impact your competitive advantage. " Have you ever seen a winning team that had no coach?

Engaging Culture One Conversation At A Time

Tanveer Naseer

He similarly questions the routine use of layoffs, which he describes as “trading skills, experience, future capability, and competitive advantage for short-term cash.” The following is a guest post by contributing editor of strategy+business Sally Helgesen. The intense focus on corporate change during the last decade has given us a greater appreciation of the role that culture plays in organizations.

World Innovation Forum - The Pressure to be Insightful

CEO Blog

And polishing strengths is a great way to gain competitive advantage. I am spending the day in NYC at World Innovation Forum. I am a "blogger" so get to sit in the press gallery. At the same time, there is high pressure to be insightful in Tweets (#wif2013) and Blogs. And there will be lots of blog posts today. I spend some of my time on short term issues and some on longer term. I consider going to a seminar day like today as a "long term" use of time. It inspires me.