Team Engagement Brings Competitive Advantage

Lead Change Blog

There is a lack of employee engagement and productivity as accuracy levels decrease, absenteeism increases, motivation is lacking and an unhealthy degree of competitiveness exists. Team members make your company’s success and in an era that is so focused on technological advancements effective teamwork is your biggest competitive advantage. The post Team Engagement Brings Competitive Advantage appeared first on Lead Change.

Leadership Love is a Competitive Advantage

Jesse Lyn Stoner Blog

The post Leadership Love is a Competitive Advantage appeared first on Seapoint Center for Collaborative Leadership.

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. .

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.

Leading Supply Chain Strategies — From Cost Centre to Competitive Advantage

Leading Strategies

This presentation will demonstrate how leading supply chains can deliver a sustainable competitive advantage, with a focus on creating free cash flow, reduci…… Supply Chain

Gian = Leadership: Timeless Advice on Competitive Advantage

Linked 2 Leadership

Authentic Leadership Leadership Lessons Learned Leadership vs. Management Practical Steps to Influence competition competitive advantage donald krause leadership rob wolfe sun tzu the art of war the art of war for executives In his book, The Art of War for Executives, author Donald G. Krause provides interpretations of author Sun Tzu’s writings from The Art of War to help business leaders use the material in everyday business situations.

Pixar’s Competitive Advantage? A Connection Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

At the Technical Academy Awards ceremonies held in Hollywood, the Associated Press reported that it wasn’t the host, actress Jessica Biel, who attracted the most attention. Instead, it was an understated, bespectacled, computer engineer named Ed Catmull.

3 Ways Pixar Gains Competitive Advantage from Its Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

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.

Stragility Is The Key To Competitive Advantage That Lasts

Eric Jacobson

Achieving Stragility is the key to competitive advantage that lasts," they add. " Stragility is the term for strategic, agile, people-powered change that enables organizations to thrive amidst relentless turbulence and uncertainty," explain Ellen R.

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 Fall of Competitive Advantage and the Rise of Transient Advantages


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.

Continuous Improvement Programs Offer Competitive Advantages On Key Financial Metrics

Six Disciplines

Such resources include competitive analysis, market focused business analytics and information about customers' forward-looking strategies. IndustryWeek recently reported on a survey it conducted with TBM Consulting about the impact of continuous-improvement programs on three financial metrics: anticipated revenue growth, operating income growth, and cash flow over the past year.

When speed is not a decisive competitive advantage

First Friday Book Synopsis

I agree with Verne Harnish that speed can sometimes be a decisive competitive advantage. Bob's blog entries learn when -- and when not -- to rely on speed Mastering the Rockefeller Habits Verne Harnish When speed is not a decisive competitive advantageIt has saved countless gazelles when lions are in the area. However, as he and Dan Weston would point out, on other occasions, as this brief film clip suggests….

6 Strengths to Cultivate as an Entrepreneur

Women on Business

Female Entrepreneurs Small Business business skills Collaboration competitive advantage entrepreneurs female entrepreneur professional development risk mitigation small business successful entrepreneurs woman entrepreneur Women Business Owners We''ve Moved! Update your Reader Now.

Competitive Advantage from the Bottom of the Pyramid


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.

Why Design Thinking Is the Next Competitive Advantage

Leading Blog

Your Customers’ Behavior Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

That’s where value-added differentiation and competitive advantage come from.

Niche can be a Competitive Advantage

CEO Blog

In that, I talk about the advantages of being small (like the Canrock Ventures fund). I have been a niche player all of my life. I choose small markets and learn to be dominant in them. I prefer to be big in a small market. Working in a niche allows focus on specialties.

Are You Using APIs to Gain Competitive Advantage?

Harvard Business Review

Not so apparent, however, is the fact that they excel at using Application Program Interfaces (APIs) to drive competitive advantage. But such opportunities for competitive advantage are now becoming available to all companies. Steven Moore.

Competitive Advantage: Employees Who Know They Can Make A Difference

What Do You Want From Them

Step 5 of my inspiration recipe called for "Make others believe that they can make a difference.. Thats an ingredient you cant buy at Wal-Mart. Let me approach this from a personal experience : A few years ago, my husband was diagnosed with adult ADHD. ADHD is linked to low levels of the neurotransmitters Dopamine and Norepinephrine. This results in, for example, inattention, distractibility, difficulties with planning and sequencing.

Why Understanding Belief Systems is Critical for Leadership

C-Level Strategies

If, as George Bradt asserts, culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage , then this is absolutely critical to the long-term success of our business!

Building a Connection Culture

Coaching Tip

One of the most powerful and least understood aspects of successful organizations is how employees' feelings of connection, community, and unity provide a competitive advantage. In " CONNECTION CULTURE: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy, and Understanding at Work ," author Mike Stallard explains how we can be intentional in creating and sustaining connection cultures.

What CEOs Really Think About Values and Culture

C-Level Strategies

Teams and culture are a competitive advantage. Culture is the only sustainable advantage. Being an introvert is truly an advantage in business and leadership if you know how to leverage it, and if you remain true to yourself.

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Give Your Business a Competitive Advantage with this 4-Letter Word

Steve Farber

A recent study by Korn Ferry found that 63 percent of the 800 leaders they interviewed said technology will be their firm’s greatest source of competitive advantage within five years. Love is the real competitive advantage. What does it look like when it’s a competitive advantage? It’s just damn good business. I know this to be true. I also understand a broader reality: Many leaders don’t buy it.

A Culture of Voice

Coaching Tip

A culture of voice occurs when each employee experiences the safety, confidence, and trust they need to contribute their fullest, resulting in open, honest, and healthy communication, innovative problem solving, knowledge transfer, and real potential for a sustainable competitive advantage.

Your Weakness May Be Your Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

The key is changing your frame to focus on your advantages, not your shortcomings. If you can make your case with confidence, you can use scarcity to your advantage and position yourself as a desired, limited resource. But I pressed my advantage: I knew very little about bicycling, I told them, but the board could teach me.

In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

The ability to focus is a competitive advantage in the world today. Huber & Starke/Getty Images. “Always remember: Your focus determines your reality.” ” Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn shares this advice with Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, but in our hyper-distracted work world, it’s advice that we all need to hear. Technology has undoubtedly ushered in progress in a myriad of ways.

When Everyone Is Doing Design Thinking, Is It Still a Competitive Advantage?

Harvard Business Review

And I’d argue that in order to create sustained competitive advantage, businesses must be not just practitioners, but masters of the art. True competitive advantage requires non-obvious solutions executed in elegant ways.

The Law of Reciprocity

Coaching Tip

What is a reciprocity advantage and how can an organization achieve this? A reciprocity advantage is the new, complementary business you create by sharing your assets to unlock additional growth potential--it''s a new competitive advantage. Grounded in research, " The Reciprocity Advantage " by authors Bob Johansen and Karl Ronn, argues that this strategy will enable companies to grow more and faster than ever before.

162: Competitive Advantage — 4 Ways to Leverage Relationships at Work | with Todd Davis, FranklinCovey Chief People Officer

Engaging Leader

How many times have you heard a leader say, “Our people are our greatest asset”? You’ve probably even uttered it a few times yourself. It’s a nice sentiment, but really doesn’t tell the full story.

Give Your Business a Competitive Advantage with this 4-Letter Word

Steve Farber

A recent study by Korn Ferry found that 63 percent of the 800 leaders they interviewed said technology will be their firm’s greatest source of competitive advantage within five years. Love is the real competitive advantage. What does it look like when it’s a competitive advantage? It’s just damn good business. I know this to be true. I also understand a broader reality: Many leaders don’t buy it.

7 Practices of Alan Mulally that Helped Ford Pass Competitors

Michael Lee Stallard

government financial aid — provides an outstanding example of how to gain competitive advantage through organizational culture. In addition to implementation issues, BPRs include strategic topics such as the economy, labor supply and competitive developments. A Connection Culture provides an enormous competitive advantage for organizations. If you want to drive your team ahead of the competition, implement these practices from Alan Mulally’s playbook.

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Approach to Innovation

Coaching Tip

This low-risk, high-reward strategy is an approach to innovation that all companies should recognize and apply when it will give them a competitive advantage. This approach focuses on three key elements: Creating a family of diverse innovations around a central product that make that product more appealing and competitive. Today's conventional wisdom says to survive, companies must move beyond incremental innovation and invest in radical, disruptive innovation.

Lead with a Coherent Strategy

Coaching Tip

They then hone a distinctive system of capabilities – one competitors can’t match – that will enable the company to deliver on its value promise and sustain lasting competitive advantage. . The true source of competitive strength is what the company does , rather than what it sells.

When Do Shared Values Become a Competitive Advantage?

The Idolbuster

Peters argues (as do many others) that strong company values give a competitive business advantage. Chapter 3: The Real American Idol Part 8. In the last post , I used the McKinsey 7S model to explain the importance of shared company values to corporate culture. Tom Peters’ book “In Search of Excellence” introduced the 7S model to the broader business community when it was first published in 1982.

Standing Out In Business – The Era of the Brand

Strategy Driven

Organizations will need to look deep inside themselves to find those unique characteristics which differentiate them from the competition and leverage these differentiators to become the preferred choice of customers and prospects. From over two decades of experience, we have identified eight primary factors which contribute to standing out from the competition when it comes to marketing.

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Organizational health: The ultimate competitive advantage

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a brief excerpt from another outstanding article from The McKinsey Quarterly, published by McKinsey & Company, in which co-authors Scott Keller and Colin Price explain why organizations must build the capacity to learn and keep changing over time to sustain high performance, To read the complete article, check out other resources, register to […].

0417 | Rita Gunther McGrath


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.

Companies Are Turning Drones into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

Backed by cloud services and big-data techniques, the unprecedented data gathering capabilities of drones have the potential to radically alter the competitive dynamics of the information landscape.

3 Ways to Tap Into the Power of Community

Michael Lee Stallard

Smart leaders are developing a competitive advantage by creating a sense of connection and community among employees and customers. Founder Will Dean designed Tough Mudder to be team-oriented rather than competitive. As seen on SmartBlog on Leadership.