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.

Pixar’s Competitive Advantage? A Connection Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

Contributing to the inclusiveness that reaches across the organization is Pixar University, the in-house professional-development and employee education program that offers numerous courses related to filmmaking, the arts, health and other topics of interest to Pixar employees.

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High Performance Teams; A Competitive Advantage

Coaching Tip

High-performing teams are increasingly a competitive advantage. Becoming aware of our personal reactive tendencies is crucial if we want to make sense of our toxic behaviors, understand why we have permitted these gremlins to continue, and develop a plan for taming them. Increasingly, organizations count on teams to develop products and deliver services to their customers.

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. Here are a few examples: Office design that encourages community and conversations - Pixar’s office design builds community and contributes to developing informal ties and the flow of knowledge across the organization. As seen on Fox Business.

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.

Are You a Candid Leader? 4 Ways to Build Clarity, Trust, and Competitive Advantage

Great Leadership By Dan

With an increased demand for transparency, building trust through authenticity is more critical than ever for individuals and organizations to keep their competitive edge. Avoid the Feedback Sandwich - When giving a performance evaluation where development is needed, do you typically start with what your employee does well, followed by areas for improvement, and wrap up with what you like about their work? Guest post by Nancy K.

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. BOTTOMLINE: Continuous improvement programs such as Six Disciplines (Baldrige, and others), offer companies a way to continually assess their business performance, improve processes, develop organizational learning and leadership, and improved alignment of activities to goals

September 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the September 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Development. Development. Anne Perschel of Germane Coaching and Consulting provided Developing Team Norms, Why it Doesn’t Work and what to Do Instead.

Is There a Place for Love in Leadership?

Michael Lee Stallard

They may live far away from family members or have few close friends because they are not involved in church or community organizations where most friendships are developed. Developing and tracking metrics helps keep these objectives top of mind so people don’t lose sight of their importance.

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. Each has developed a vocal and rapidly expanding following. . As seen on SmartBlog on Leadership.

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Understanding Michael Porter: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Understanding Michael Porter: The Essential Guide to Competition and Strategy Joan Magretta Harvard Business Review Press (2011) How and why organizations can achieve and then sustain competitive advantage, especially in turbulent and uncertain times Although this book offers – in my opinion — the single best introduction to the major insights of Michael Porter, other [.].

July 2017 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the July 2017 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Jane Perdue of The Jane Group provided How to develop deep diversity with 9 learning styles. Adaptability is no longer just a competitive advantage. Leadership Development Leadership Management

Shape Your Company’s Future

Skip Prichard

Are you staying ahead of the competition and creating a sustainable advantage? He’s also a sought-after speaker on subjects ranging from competitive advantage to strategy to leadership. What role does culture play in creating competitive advantage?

February 2015 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Welcome to the February 2015 edition of the Leadership Development Carnival! Leadership will play an increasingly important role in how political and corporate leaders will tackle these competitive forces.” Outsmart the competition by being an explainer.”

Don’t Leave a Dead Bird on your Doorstep!

N2Growth Blog

By Brian Layer , Chair, Organizational Development, N2growth. 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.

Book Review: “Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage” by Scott Keller and Colin Price

The Practical Leader

In Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage Keller and Price reinforce the decades of accumulating research showing that roughly 70% of organizational change programs fail.

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. Mulally frequently speaks about the vision and factors it into decision-making, including in discussions to evaluate new product development priorities. Mulally talks about the importance of developing a collective point of view. A Connection Culture provides an enormous competitive advantage for organizations.

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Why Customers Leave

Skip Prichard

How did you develop the list? . Blame it on stiff competition. So, the bigger issue is where do we find competitive advantage? (And How to Win Them Back ). . Customers have endless choices today. With a single click, you can lose them.

High Performing Organizations

Coaching Tip

Despite the diverse range of industries--business, sports, technology, finance, education, and the arts--each of these successful institutions share a common bond: they are world-class industry leaders and have repeatedly outperformed their competition. "At At the heart of every institution whose advantage has endured lies an organizational model that works more effectively than its competitors," say authors Brian MacNeice and James Bowen in their new book, POWERHOUSE.

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. Develop the ability to empathize.

Developing Global Leaders Is America's Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

As global companies focus their strategies on developed and emerging markets, they require substantial cadres of leaders capable of operating effectively anywhere in the world. American companies and academic institutions possess unique competitive advantages in developing these global leaders. The ability to develop global leaders strengthens American companies and the U.S. Let's examine the reasons why America possesses this important advantage: 1.

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. Developing these complementary innovations, so that they work together as a system to achieve a single goal or promise.

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. Develop Leadership Skills: A Mobile Reference Guide.

28 Leadership Development Recommendations for your Individual Development Plan

Great Leadership By Dan

Welcome to the September edition of the Leadership Development Carnival ! Chris Edmonds , from Driving Results Through Culture , says that every leader needs to have " Serve my employees " as their #1 target in their individual development plan. So my development tip is this.

Alternative Development Best Practice 2 – Organizationally Developed Options

Strategy Driven

It’s hard to find an executive who doesn’t believe that his or her people are significant assets and a competitive advantage for the company.

Lead with a Coherent Strategy

Coaching Tip

Winners, on the other hand, define the fundamental identity of the company by developing a clear idea of what they do best and how they create value for customers. The true source of competitive strength is what the company does , rather than what it sells.

Companies Are Turning Drones into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

If a company can identify potential benefits, it can then consider whether to consolidate drone program development across multiple business units or subsidiaries, so as to concentrate investment dollars and strengthen data analytics.

Asking for a Raise When You’re Afraid To

Lead from Within

Develop a sense of urgency. That’s why it’s essential to boost your confidence with competitive research. Take an honest look at your own achievements and the competitive landscape. Lead From Within Competitive Advantage Confidence Harvard Business Review HBR Raise Salaries

New Approaches to Leadership Development: A New VUCA Filter

Great Leadership By Dan

This new definition revolves around appreciating employees and, done right, can become your greatest competitive advantage. leadership development Lorraine Grubbs VUCU

Leaders Can Turn Creativity into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

and other developed economies. What we need is a shift in emphasis from operational competitiveness toward creative competitiveness — the capacity of organizations and society to create, embrace, and successfully execute on new ideas. How can we foster creative competitiveness, especially in big, established corporate ecosystems? Nurturing a creatively competitive organization requires curiosity above all else.

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. The key lies in developing and exploiting "proprietary data" — data that you and you alone possess. 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. And there can be solid advantage therein.

Relationship Excellence: Chick-fil-A's Competitive Edge

Michael Lee Stallard

In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

The ability to focus is a competitive advantage in the world today. Leadership development and training opportunities exist to enhance your ability to understand yourself better, to reflect, and to grow. Don’t let the tempo of work get in the way of good development opportunities (once in a while). Huber & Starke/Getty Images. “Always remember: Your focus determines your reality.”

Developing Competitive Advantage in the Cloud: Qualitative Findings

Harvard Business Review

How can managers generate competitive advantage from their cloud investments? A consolidated and standardized technical platform provides a good foundation for fast deployment and competitively priced cloud services. Finally, our findings suggest that cloud-based models offer advantages for some applications and to some clients but not others.

Can You Sell?

Coaching Tip

Even if the students choose not to go into selling, they need multifunctional expertise to get into general management," says Doug Raftery, Procter & Gamble's vice president of consumer business development. What is Your Competitive Advantage? Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric, once said, "If you don't have a competitive advantage, don't compete."

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Rita McGrath, Part 1: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Rita Gunther McGrath, a Professor at Columbia Business School, is regarded as one of the world’s top experts on strategy and innovation with particular emphasis on developing sound strategy in uncertain and volatile environments. Her ideas are widely used by leading organizations throughout the world, who describe her thinking as sometimes provocative, but unfailingly stimulating. […].

The Essential Advantage: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Essential Advantage: How to Win with a Capabilities-Driven Strategy Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi Harvard Business Review Press (2011) The strategic power of coherence According to Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi in the first chapter, to achieve and then sustain a competitive advantage, a company “must be resolutely focused and clear-minded about three critical [.].

How to Overcome the 3 Organizational Barriers to Leadership Development

Great Leadership By Dan

You would think that given the rock-solid evidence that organizations with great leadership consistently outperform those that don’t that EVERY organization would be heavily invested in the development of its current and future leaders.

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

Harvard Business Review

Helping determine their professional development and best interests becomes a welter of conflicting interests. Ironically, a cure for autism likely obliterates the disorder''s competitive advantage in the global marketplace. What does "professional development" mean if it runs the real risk of making a colleague or employee less valuable to the enterprise? Talk about turning a bug into a feature.

No More Excuses – Leadership Skill Development from Sam Silverstein


I will follow your tips to develop my leadership skills. Good luck and make accountability your competitive advantage! Pandy Tomko on How to Optimize Your Team-based Learning & Development Mindy Bortness on Important leadership & team content you can apply immediately.

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Leadership Development Carnival: June 2014 Edition


Welcome to the June 02nd 2014 Carnival of Leadership Development. I am thankful to carnival leader Dan McCarthy for allowing me to host this event - a wonderful collection of very practical insights on Leadership Development. Namaste!

Building Trust Develops Team Cohesiveness

Strategy Driven

The growing reality in retrospect is that these same principles not only made me an effective leader, but they enabled me to develop something in the workplace that every organization strives for but often struggles to achieve: team cohesiveness. With consistency, trust will be developed.

How Leaders Can Help Develop Customer Service Strategies

Tanveer Naseer

To become a successful customer focused business, your leadership must develop a holistic strategy that impacts every department, and revolutionizes the way you do business. It’s generals that craft military tactics, so it must be your executives that develop a business strategy. Here are a few tips in developing a customer service strategy from the top down: 1. Develop a CRM strategy A CRM is a somewhat tricky piece of technology.