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How to Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption

Skip Prichard

That’s one reason I was interested to talk with Leo Tilman and General Charles Jacoby, who co-wrote a new book, Agility: How to Navigate the Unknown and Seize Opportunity in a World of Disruption. and is an expert on risk, strategy, and finance. Navigate through Change.

How To Create Lasting Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Understanding how to leverage the influence factor can make a defining difference in your ability to drive change, build cohesive teams, and to successfully implement strategic vision. As a leader your “Influence Quotient” is the IQ you need to pay attention to.

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Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a result of our conversation, I decided to dust-off an old post, give it a few updates, and pass along my thoughts, which can be best summarized as “ Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation. “ It is my hope to help dispel the myth that ideas are inherently good things.

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How to Build a Brand | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Unless you are a very large enterprise it is unlikely that you have the time, money, staffing, or external professional relationships to execute a brand management strategy such as the one outlined above. Solid advice that anyone interested in marketing and branding should pay attention to.

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How to Make Your Management Process More Agile

Strategy Driven

In contrast to startups, which often experiment until they gain their footing in the market, established businesses are notoriously slow to change. That’s how you maintain your competitive edge. Competition to find and recruit new talent.

Brand Exposure

N2Growth Blog

Have you figured out how to apply the laws of scarcity to brand management? Whether you’re assessing the strength of a personal or corporate brand, finding the appropriate level of brand exposure is key to sustainable growth in brand equity. As I stated above, having an underexposed brand, or what I like to refer to as having a brand in stealth mode, means that you really don’t have much of a brand.

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The Power of an Enemy

In the CEO Afterlife

Maurois was alluding to the notion that those engaged in war, hate the enemy. For most of my career, I operated within intensely competitive arenas where fractions of market share points were worth millions of dollars. Nimbleness will get your ideas to the future first.

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How to Launch a Product Like a Rock Star

Strategy Driven

A great distribution plan to sell it. A well formulated Go-To-Market Strategy. In a perfect launch, all of these components are vital to a successful launch. It took years for Apple to gain traction despite offering what critics consider to be a superior operating system.

Why Germany Dominates the U.S. in Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Reading the headlines, you might think that the most urgent question about national success in innovation and growth is whether the U.S. Germany does a better job on innovation in areas as diverse as sustainable energy systems, molecular biotech, lasers, and experimental software engineering.

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2011 ASA Deming Lecture by Roger Hoerl – Need Any Country be Poor?

Deming Institute

I’d like to focus on a few areas of Dr. Deming’s career that perhaps are under appreciated, not talked about as much as some other areas. I also want to talk about Deming’s emphasis on the big picture, the big problems.

The Best Leadership Books of 2019

Leading Blog

Books like Helping People Change and The Power of Bad , have the power to change forever how we work with others and address the things that hold us back. Grace is a tough concept to sell in today’s environment. Because our brains are wired to focus on the bad.

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Getting Past a Career Setback: An Example and a Test

Harvard Business Review

Managers often think about their careers in terms of winning and losing. But what about those whose careers are sidetracked or derailed when passed over for a key assignment or big promotion? Are these “losers” out of the running for career advancement, or can they regain their footing, refocus their sights, and continue to rise? Very few managerial careers proceed upward in a straight line. The lesson here is that careers aren’t just about “winning.”

How to Tell Your Boss You Have Too Much Work

Harvard Business Review

So how do you tell your boss you simply have too much to do? No one wants to come across as lazy, uncommitted, or not a team player. How can you protect your image as a hard worker while saying uncle? No matter how busy you are , it can feel exceedingly difficult to talk to your boss about your heavy workload. The reason is twofold, according to Julie Morgenstern, productivity expert and author of Never Check E-Mail in the Morning.

Entrepreneurship: Transforming Nothing into Something

Coaching Tip

By Scott Adams, the creator of " Dilbert ," abstracted from How to Get a Real Education in The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2011. The first thing you should learn in a course on entrepreneurship is how to make yourself valuable. That's how value is created.

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‘Upskilling’ a top priority for the decade ahead

HR Digest

Expert Q&A with Jason Tyszko on how to raise the skills of your employees to meet upcoming automation challenges. . To be precise, my mistake. To many, automation is an exciting prospect because it promises progress beyond human capabilities.

Design Matters

N2Growth Blog

Whether it is aesthetic, functional, creative, process, innovative, intellectual, technical or applicational…design matters. Are you likely to adopt a new software application that is poorly designed? Are you likely to read a piece of collateral material that is poorly designed?

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How to Reduce Primary Care Doctors’ Workloads While Improving Care

Harvard Business Review

There is still a need for accountants and face-to-face meetings, but typically accountants now require such visits for only the more complicated cases that can’t be managed with software or a call. Health care has proved resistant to a similar transition, although everyone would benefit. While some aspects of care clearly require doctor and patient to be in the same place at the same time, many demonstrably don’t. Barriers to Transformation.

July 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the July Leadership Development Carnival. We’re excited to share posts from leadership experts from around the globe on the topics of communication, development, engagement, team building, and more. Unlimited contributed How and When to Apologize. Sean Glaze of Great Results Team Building provided TWO Powerful Questions to Use Instead of Asking “What’s Wrong?”. They must tap multiple intelligences to ensure sustainable success.

5 Telltale Signs of Fear-Based Leadership

Strategy Driven

Despite clear and overwhelming evidence of fear’s debilitating impacts, many leaders still resort to stoking people’s anxieties to get work done. Consider these facts: According to Human Resource Executive magazine, roughly one-third of U.S. They cry, “Who caused this to happen?”

First Look: Leadership Books for August 2019

Leading Blog

Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in August 2019. Transforming Legacy Organizations : Turn your Established Business into an Innovation Champion to Win the Future by Kris Østergaard. Companies that fail to invest stagnate and fall behind.

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But My Business Is Different… | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I cannot even begin to count the number of times I’ve had a CEO tell me that certain immutable business principles just don’t apply to his/her business because, “this business is different.&# How about competing for the attention of your prospects and clients?

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Best Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If you are a regular reader of this blog and feel it has added value to your growth and development as a leader I would greatly appreciate your vote. That said, you should also reach out to Kevin Eikenberry as he is currently taking nominations for next years contest.

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18 Most-Anticipated Big Idea Books of 2018


One of my New Year’s Resolutions this year is to read 100 books. (I So naturally, one of the first things I wanted to do in the new year is assemble a reading list of sorts. I’ve read a few of these already in their advance copy form, but I’m looking forward to seeing all of these in print this year. We’re each giving away signed copies of our most recent books, plus one grand prize winner will also get an Amazon kindle to fuel their book habit. Click here to enter.

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Facing Challenges | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

My question is this: have you taken the time to do the necessary planning? Regardless of where you are in your life and your career, I can promise you one thing; you will consistently be faced with challenges and obstacles along the way. How can I make the most of this situation?

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Fight or Flee—How and When to Decide

Joseph Lalonde

M ost entrepreneurs, business owners and innovators have faced failure in the course of their lives and careers. At some point, they have found it necessary to muster the courage to accept the inevitable and begin anew. When to Decide. How to Decide.

Leadership Matters

N2Growth Blog

The company has grown through a long series of mergers and acquisitions to place itself among the world leaders in the production of many commodities, including aluminium, iron ore, copper, uranium, coal, and diamonds. I have been extremely fortunate to have had a very varied career.

Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While much has been written about corporate vision, mission, process, leadership, strategy, branding and a variety of other business practices, it is the engineering of these practices to be disruptive that maximizes opportunities. How did Microsoft not keep Google at bay?

Leaders: Born or Made? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While there is a very simple answer to this question, most people are so entrenched in their beliefs that no amount of reason or logic will alter their opinions. They were those unflappable individuals that seemed to just have that “it&# factor.

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Loyalty vs. Tenure | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If your organization confuses loyalty and tenure there is trouble on the horizon…If your business rates tenure higher than performance as a measure for employee evaluation, it is time for you to consider updating your talent management practices and procedures.


N2Growth Blog

They typically represent clients, partners, vendors, supporters, those that frequently provide comments on the N2growth Blog or those that tend to be otherwise respected by N2growth. Web magazine targeted to senior financial executives.

Drinking the Talent Kool-Aid | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Even worse is when those sound-bites are used in an attempt to make statements which embolden a corporate position that doesn’t really even exist to begin with. then you are likely just paying lip service to the value of talent.

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Statesman vs. Politician | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

mid-term elections staring us right in the face, I thought it would be an interesting time to examine the difference between statesman and politician. Our country was founded by great statesmen, and somewhere along the way we turned our nation over to a bunch of self-serving politicians.

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Leadership & Initiative Overload | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Fact : bright, talented executives with a bias to action will often take on more than they should. This is the definition of presence, and it is only when we operate in the present that real creativity, growth and innovation occur. It's like going to the food bar hungry.

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The Heart of a Warrior

N2Growth Blog

As we approach this 4th of July weekend I can’t help but think of our founding fathers and the sacrifices they made when they fought to establish our country’s freedom. The word “passion” comes from a Latin root which means quite literally to suffer.

Leadership & Emotional Control | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

There has been no shortage of information published on the topic of Emotional IQ or what’s referred to as EQ in recent years. After all, being in touch with your emotions, as well as being in tune with the emotions of others is an important trait for any leader to possess.

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Leveraging Down for CEOs | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Think of any top performing CEO and you’ll find that to the one, they possess an uncanny ability to focus on highest and best use activities. To this day I’m amazed at how many CEOs still own tasks, roles, projects, and responsibilities that should be delegated to others.

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Efficient vs. Effective | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

So much so, that I have really come to cringe every time I hear the word efficiency. It’s not really that there is anything wrong with becoming more efficient, but what I find is that far too many executives major in the minors when it comes to efficiency.

Toxic Work Environments | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While these articles tended to stir the pot a bit, they were in my opinion mostly missing the mark. In the text that follows you’ll find the truth about toxic cultures… A toxic work environment thrives off of everything that great leadership stands in opposition to.

World Business Forum – Top 10 Speakers | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In yesterday’s recap of Day one, I gave a detailed breakdown of each speaker presentation, but today I thought I’d do something a bit different…Since everyone seems to like a list, I decided to rank the top ten speakers from both days. Love to receive your thoughts.

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Genuine Success: Vitality, Service, & Outstanding Performance

Tony Mayo

Biography of Werner Erhard, the Source of Executive Coaching How to Conduct a "Customer Listening Session" Twitter Log XII Spidertown by Abraham Rodriguez, Jr. Leadership : the ability to get things done with and through other people. Want to improve ROI & speed growth.

Why Businesses Fail | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

The truth is that even leaders who don’t fail make bad decisions from time-to-time. The fact of the matter is that senior executives who rise to the C-suite do so largely based upon their ability to consistently make sound decisions.

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Vision and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

I don’t do so in an attempt to torture you with redundant thought, but rather because I believe it is a message that is often taken far too lightly by chief executives. Put simply, I believe that leadership absent vision is a train-wreck waiting to happen.

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How Dumb Is Your Business?

N2Growth Blog

Posted on October 13th, 2010 by admin in Operations & Strategy By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth How dumb is your business? At the risk of drawing the ire of corporate elitists, I submit to you that the dumber your business is, the better off you are.