High Performance Teams; A Competitive Advantage

Coaching Tip

High-performing teams are increasingly a competitive advantage. Anyone who has ever participated in any type of group project within an organization knows that success and morale are heightened when team members relate well with each other. Steve Jacobs: The Behavior Breakthrough: Leading Your Organization to a New Competitive Advantage .

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 Incredibles, Bird and Walker’s first project at Pixar, was a homerun. As seen on Fox Business.

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. They are not outcomes that happen after a five-year project. To scale your ability to care.

Picasso and Project Management

Strategy Driven

So what does any of this have to do with Project Management? The common theme from the above is with projects themselves. Just like art, there are projects that have major impacts on society, like the Sistine Chapel (Pyramids, Moon landings, etc.). While other types of projects are more the paint by numbers type. Projects (and Project Managers) also have many different ways to reach the end goal. Projects are works of art and not scientific theory.

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – The Ugly Truth About Partisan Public Project Labor Agreements

Strategy Driven

While we voice concerns about debt and spending, we also need to be mindful of the state of employers, particularly small business and their struggles to remain competitive and viable. Bush’s prohibition on the requirement for project labor agreements on federal projects.

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. You contribute by organizing the new projects and developing efficient systems that ensure the work or product is completed with precision and accuracy.

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.

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. While the mention of project management conjures images of schedules, charts, documents and process, my encouragement is to consider it from a slightly loftier altitude.

The Strategy Confusion

LDRLB

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.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 7 of 7

Strategy Driven

We at the Human Potential Project are not naïve dreamers who think the transition to this new way of working will happen on its own or overnight. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage. Silent Killer #6: Modern Indentured Servitude.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 5 of 7

Strategy Driven

No matter how impressive or ‘efficient’ an IT system claims to be, it will never replace the passion, joy, creativity, and spontaneity of people – all of which are essential to generating competitive advantage. Silent Killer #4: Worship of Information.

Leadership actions that are not an option for leaders.

Strategy Driven

Don’t focus on task or project completion. Rather, think what will happen AFTER the project is completed. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage. “Where’s the action? Where’s the game?”

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 3 of 7

Strategy Driven

EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage. Silent Killer #2: Not Listening. To truly listen does not mean merely hearing or paying attention. Listening is a specific type of active interpretation that shapes our realities.

The Big Picture of Business – Achieving the Best by Preparing for the Worst: Lessons Learned from High-Profile Crises, part 4 of 4

Strategy Driven

They can be turned from disasters into opportunities to project corporate strengths. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage. Thinking Through the Strategies. Crisis management is so much more than handling of the media.

Blurred Lines: Setting Healthy Boundaries at Work

Strategy Driven

Be warned, toxic people don’t like boundaries because they want to shift responsibilities according to their mood or the project. Set a limit on the amount of time you spend beyond the hours needed to complete projects. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

IT Organizations Built to Last

Strategy Driven

Ajay Kaul, managing partner at AgreeYa Solutions , brings over 25 years of experience in sales, staffing, and IT project management for clients throughout the world. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

To bid or not to bid? That is the question.

Strategy Driven

Especially as it relates to their actual experience and their projected needs. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage. “They get bids for everything and always take the lowest bid.”. They send out an RFP and I can never speak to the decision maker.”. “We’re

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The Advisor’s Corner – Can Failure Be My Friend?

Strategy Driven

TEST : pilot test new ideas and projects and welcome mistakes and failures that show up. We can choose to look at failures, at least in our daily lives, as life practice, learning, a pilot project, as experimentation, or even a legitimate part of any innovation process.

Why Your Employees Count as Much as Your Clients

Strategy Driven

For example, in a climate of fear and micromanagement, a sales person might focus on the projected revenue of a prospective client, the anticipated results and closing date that were promised to the boss. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 1 of 7

Strategy Driven

We are facing a new world – one that calls for new approaches to generating consistent competitive advantage. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

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Salespeople have questions. Jeffrey has answers.

Strategy Driven

What you need to do is look at the sales cycle and parenthetically look at the dollars, but they have to be compared to what you projected those dollars to be. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

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6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 4 of 7

Strategy Driven

They not only kill productivity and profitability, they also kill the generative moods of ambition, confidence, and trust that are essential to building consistent competitive advantage. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 2 of 7

Strategy Driven

In this newly-emerging business world, one key component for generating competitive advantage is being able to consistently design and deploy the generative moods of ambition, confidence, trust, and esprit. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

How the best differ from the rest PART II

Six Disciplines

Underlying this rating is the greater use of long-term technology plans aimed at delivering competitive advantage. Ill-defined projects are a guaranteed formula for failure. All these factors together give top-performing small businesses the great advantage of being able to utilize outside talent when needed. Disciplined Approach to Business. For some people, the old-fashioned idea of being “disciplined” is a turn-off. But that’s not so for the top performers.

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6 Silent Productivity and Profitability Pitfalls, part 6 of 7

Strategy Driven

EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage. Silent Killer #5: Suppressing Innovation.

StrategyDriven Editorial Perspective – Panic of 1907 vs Great Recession of 2008

Strategy Driven

This year, 2013, marks the 100th anniversary of the Federal Reserve System, and central bankers are taking a historical perspective. A July 2013 Congressional research report articulates a challenge for today’s central bankers.

Recommended Resources – AMA Business Boot Camp

Strategy Driven

Manage projects; from setting scope and selecting a team to delivering on-time, on-budget results. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage. AMA Business Boot Camp : Management and Leadership Fundamentals That Will See You Successfully Through Your Career.

Recommended Resources – AMA Business Boot Camp

Strategy Driven

Manage projects; from setting scope and selecting a team to delivering on-time, on-budget results. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage. AMA Business Boot Camp : Management and Leadership Fundamentals That Will See You Successfully Through Your Career.

The Continuum and the Marketplace

Strategy Driven

One might think that the two parks are locked in a win-lose competition for Sunshine State vacationers, but that’s not necessarily true. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

The Advisor’s Corner – Am I an At-Risk Leader?

Strategy Driven

’ There are two kinds of world view attitudes people project in the world—those who think and act through the lens of abundance, and those who think and act through a lens of scarcity. EVALUATE how StrategyDriven gives you a competitive advantage.

Retain Your Top Performers

Marshall Goldsmith

The “intellectual capital” brought in by high-knowledge employees will be a major, if not the primary, competitive advantage. As the perceived value of key knowledge workers increases, the competition to hire these workers will intensify. Young leaders engage in an “action learning” project in which they work on real-life problems facing the firm.

The Invisible Power of Competence Plus Calmness

Rajesh Setty

One of the keys to gain unfair competitive advantage is to practice being calm and one of the keys to being calm is to not be on a quest for gaining unfair competitive advantage. Think about someone who is competent AND calm.

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How to decide what to learn next

Rajesh Setty

A degree in three disciplines gave ZERO advantage to the person referred above. Every single day you are learning as you work through your projects. So “learning” encompasses both what you do explicitly and what projects you are engaged with.

How to Sell Your Ideas

Rajesh Setty

Ultimately merit of the idea counts but a good opening gives you a competitive advantage for sure. The Thank You card project for Sankara Eye Foundation by Foresight Plus was designed to sell an idea and happy that it worked out great. Getting new ideas is reasonably easy.

Exit an Unprofitable Line of Business

Harvard Business Review

Rita Gunther McGrath , author of The End of Competitive Advantage , explains how to identify and abandon a declining project, product, or business. Strategy

Complimentary Resource – How to Leverage SRM For Supply Chain Resiliency

Strategy Driven

Strong supplier relationships can provide a competitive advantage but are often not cultivated effectively. In today’s competitive environment, that is no longer sufficient. Strong supplier relationships can provide a key competitive advantage.

A Board Director's Perspective on What IT Has to Get Right

Harvard Business Review

Over the last 30 years I have served a large range of organizations as either a director or a trustee with the specific role of helping them exploit IT for competitive advantage. The biggest opportunities for these companies are simplification and horizontal integration projects.

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Emerging-Market Engineers Power Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

We are suggesting that companies like Otis who embrace such external brilliance will have a compelling competitive advantage over those innovators who continue to look exclusively inward.

Seizing Opportunities When Advantages Don't Last

Harvard Business Review

I''ve been researching what allows companies to be successful even when their competitive advantages are short-lived — a phenomenon I call transient advantage. How do they manage from one wave of transient advantage to another? The people at Regus, like their founder, recognize that any given competitive advantage is temporary. Facing short-lived advantages is a way of life. Competition Execution Strategy

Innovation Isn't an Idea Problem

Harvard Business Review

The same uncertainty that triggers the need for companies to innovate may also be triggering executives to be rejecting the discoveries that could help them gain a competitive advantage. In addition to the investment, employees also volunteer to work on project ideas they support.

Is There Hope for Small Firms, the Have-Nots in the World of Big Data?

Harvard Business Review

After our project ended, they went back, as one firm owner put it, to “Square One.”. A manager of a large food company told a member of our team that even the limited, experimental government funding of data and analysis for our research project was unfair.

What Social Entrepreneurs Can Teach Your Company's Future Leaders

Harvard Business Review

This striking gap signals an opportunity for companies: Secure a competitive advantage by building your employees' ability to succeed in the increasingly complicated labyrinths of today's — and tomorrow's — markets.

IT Doesn't Matter (to CEOs)

Harvard Business Review

For a brief period, as they were being built into the infrastructure of commerce, all these technologies opened opportunities for forward-looking companies to gain real advantages.

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