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. Many of these have different reporting lines with team managers who sometimes have different agendas for the success of the team.

Harnessing your team's competitive advantage

Coaching Tip

Here's the truth: When leaders and teams avoid, manage or defuse conflict, they wind up mired in politics, gossip, and back-channel maneuvering. Source: CrisMarie Campbell: The Beauty of Conflict: Harnessing Your Team’s Competitive Advantage. . Most of us avoid conflict like crazy. But what if harnessing conflict was our best chance to build championship teams that produce greatness?

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Pixar’s Competitive Advantage? A Connection Culture

Michael Lee Stallard

In most organizations only 25 percent of employees – the managers and the stars — feel included. Typically, the overwhelming majority of employees feel that senior management does not value them or their contributions.

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.

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. In most companies the overwhelming majority of employees feel that senior management does not value their opinions and ideas. The artists and technologists rebelled and started acting disrespectfully to production managers. 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. Prahalad , the brilliant management guru. [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. As a supervisor, if we try to “manage” other people’s feelings, we are not being effective. Be Honest with Yourself - As a leader, we spend the majority of our time developing strategy and managing others. Guest post by Nancy K.

How and why asking the “ultimate question” can create the ultimate competitive advantage

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bain & Company's Loyalty Practice Bain & Company’s Customer Strategy and Marketing practice Fred Reichheld Harvard Business Review Harvard Business School How and why asking the “ultimate question” can create the ultimate competitive advantage Net Promoter®system of management Profits Rob Markey The Loyalty Effect: The Hidden Force Behind Growth The Ultimate Question 2.0:

5 Leadership Signals that Turn Culture into Advantage

Skip Prichard

” Those words are printed on the back cover of Five Frequencies: Leadership Signals that Turn Culture into Competitive Advantage. Five Frequencies prescribes more than 20 practical Signal Boosts for turning culture into competitive advantage.

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. You’ve met thousands of managers and leaders in businesses around the world.

Recommended Resource – Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Strategy Driven

Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage. Act : How do we manage the journey? You just finished reading Recommended Resource - Beyond Performance: How Great Organizations Build Ultimate Competitive Advantage !

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 [.].

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?

Talent Wins

Coaching Tip

Most executives today recognize the competitive advantage of human capital, and yet the talent practices their organizations use are stuck in the twentieth century. Written for all leaders across organizations, TALENT WINS by Ram Charan, Dominic Barton and Dennis Carey, provides a much-needed framework for transforming how companies acquire, manage and deploy talent for today's agile, digital analytical, technologically driven strategic environment.

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. Act : How do we manage the journey?

Lessons in Management Innovation from Main Street

Management Excellence

During the past few years, I’ve marveled at the start-ups and small to mid-sized businesses in my community who didn’t need an army of consultants or MBAs to teach them the very relevant and important lessons that Reeves and Deimler share in their recent Harvard Business Review article, "Adaptability-The New Competitive Advantage.". Innovation Leadership Organizational Transformation Strategy Competitive Advantage Main Street Entrepreneurs Management Innovation

5 Insights to Managing Chaordic Tension

Leading Blog

Managing this tension is the key to success in growing and stable organizations—regardless of industry, size, years in business, or profit motive. Here are my five insights on how to manage chaordic tension: 1. C ONDUCTING your own orchestra. Running your own ship. Self-employment.

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. Managing innovations centrally, so that all the different partners are successful.

Your Customers’ Behavior Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

At a reception for JetBlue’s most frequent Mosaic flyers, I had the opportunity to listen to the airline’s top management discuss its ambitions to improve operations and enhance customer experience. That’s where value-added differentiation and competitive advantage come from.

Lead with a Coherent Strategy

Coaching Tip

By Guest Authors from Booz & Company : Partner, Paul Leinwand and Managing Director, Cesare Mainardi . The true source of competitive strength is what the company does , rather than what it sells.

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.

Companies Are Turning Drones into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

Heavy machinery company Caterpillar is reportedly exploring the use of drones for fleet vehicle management in the field, while drones are the cornerstone of Komatsu’s “Smart Construction” service, which can fully automate bulldozers and excavators.

How to Successfully Manage Opposing Strategies

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Roger Martin for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out other articles and resources, and/or sign up for a free subscription to Harvard Business Review’s Daily Alerts, please click here. * * * In my last blog I described how in [.].

Automation Won’t Replace People as Your Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

The reason Colvin’s argument is important is because he is speaking through the megaphone of Fortune magazine to the real audience that has to be convinced: the management community. Our hope is that many managers will be persuaded by the instructive examples Colvin offers.

All’s Fair In Love And Business: How To Be More Competitive

Strategy Driven

In business, there’s nothing more integral to success than being able to beat the competition. There’s competition in every industry, so how are you going to outshine your rivals and seal those deals?

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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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Asking for a Raise When You’re Afraid To

Lead from Within

He realized that he was managing a team of 140 people but making significantly less than new hires with teams of only 20 to 30 — and in one case, just five. That’s why it’s essential to boost your confidence with competitive research.

Developing Global Leaders Is America's Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

American companies and academic institutions possess unique competitive advantages in developing these global leaders. Let's examine the reasons why America possesses this important advantage: 1. It started 30 years ago with the progressive and unusual step (for that time) of shifting from local nationals as country managers to global leaders from other countries. to take advantage of America's talented leaders.

Leaders Can Turn Creativity into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

A second reason is that our assumptions about good management practices are out of date. Since the 1980s, management practices like the Toyota Production System that promote efficiency, quality, and scale have done wonders to lift the quality and profitability of global manufacturing. How can we foster creative competitiveness, especially in big, established corporate ecosystems? Nurturing a creatively competitive organization requires curiosity above all else.

Your Weakness May Be Your Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

I used to sell medical equipment,” she said, “and now I want to do project management for medical equipment companies.” Her vision of herself was cloaked in deficiencies: she didn’t have any project management experience on her resume, and her competitors surely would. As most hiring managers know, it’s incredibly rare to find a candidate that meets all your desired criteria. The key is changing your frame to focus on your advantages, not your shortcomings.

Big Data: Leveraging IT for Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

While much has been said about big data, little has been said about how big data will impact the act of managing. In this Harvard Business Review webinar, MIT research scientist and leading author Andrew McAfee discusses how big data can fundamentally transform management. McAfee outlines the opportunities for competitive advantage for organizations that understand and embrace big data. Data-driven decisions are better decisions.

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

Michael Lee Stallard

Rita McGrath, Part 1: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Bob''s blog entries Academy of Management Journal Academy of Management Review AXA “Discovery Driven Planning” BusinessWeek Columbia Business School Columbia Executive Education program Discovery-Driven Growth: A Breakthrough Process to Reduce Risk and Seize Opportunity Entrepreneurial Mindset: Strategies for Continuously Creating Opportunity in an Age of Uncertainty Financial Times Harvard Business Online Harvard Business Review Harvard Business Review Press Ian C.

In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

Your Team’s Time Management Problem Might Be a Focus Problem. The ability to focus is a competitive advantage in the world today. Productivity Time management Digital ArticleHuber & 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.

Cynthia A. Montgomery : An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

One of her recent assignments has been working with owner managers in the School’s flagship Owner/President Management program, an experience that changed her view [.]. Collis) Domenico De Sole Financial Times Gucci Group HarperBusiness Harvard Business Review HBS' flagship Owner/President Management The Strategist: Be the Leader Your Business Needs Kazuo Ishiguro Lao Tzu Management Science Michael E. Cynthia A.

The Need for Employee and Management Buy-In When Implementing Change

Lead Change Blog

He or she can set the strategic direction, sign off on policies and plans, and encourage a professional and productive atmosphere, but significant change is implemented by managers and employees often far removed from the CEO’s corner office. The CEO is only one person.

Can You Sell?

Coaching Tip

Business owners constantly worry about the selling function and how it affects their ability to manage the firm’s cash flow. It's sad that something as important to the economy as sales shows up as a footnote in the principles of marketing course at most graduate business schools," says Andy Zoltners, a professor at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. What is Your Competitive Advantage?

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Employee Motivation: A Powerful New Model

First Friday Book Synopsis

I have read and reviewed almost all of the anthologies of articles previously published in Harvard Business Review. Recently I re-read several that are relevant to books I am now reading and will soon review. Here’s one of the articles, co-authored by Nitin Nohria (recently appointed dean of Harvard Business School), Boris Groysberg (HBS) [.].

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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What Separates the Extremely Successful from the Pack?

First Friday Book Synopsis

Working Women Workplace Diversity: A Manager's Guide to Solving Problems and Turning Diversity into a Competitive AdvantageHere is an excerpt from an article written by Marcie Schorr Hirsch for Harvard Business Review’s “The Conversation&# series. To read the complete article, check out other resources, and sign up for a free subscription to HBR emsil Alerts, please click here. * * * Most people dream of succeeding. What success means is highly [.].

5 Ways to Manage Your Multigenerational Workforce

Chart Your Course

Managing a multigenerational workforce can be quite the task for business leaders. Finding a balance between these generations in the workplace can be a daunting challenge for some managers. Human Resource ManagementThis article was originally published by Vital Learning.

Leadership and Knowledge Management

N2Growth Blog

The operational advantage created through effective KM should allow an enterprise to effectively address current needs as well as to strategically drive innovation and forward planning. . By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth.

CEOs Should Be More Like NFL Quarterbacks

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by Roger Martin for the Harvard Business Review blog. To read the complete article, check out the wealth of free resources, and sign up for a subscription to HBR email alerts, please click here. * * * When Auburn’s Cam Newton was picked by the Carolina Panthers [.]. Bob's blog entries Aaron Rodgers and What Capitalism Can Learn from the NFL.

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