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.

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. Pixar could see these guys were driven to make great films but knew they didn’t have access to the kind of technology Pixar had so they went after them. The post 3 Ways Pixar Gains Competitive Advantage from Its Culture appeared first on Michael Lee Stallard. As seen on Fox Business.

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Competitive Advantage from the Bottom of the Pyramid


Ajay is a technologist and business strategist who often obsesses over issues that range from the impact of technology on disruptive business models to entrepreneurship and impact investing. [Editor''s Note: This is a guest post from Ajay Swamy.

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

Steve Farber

Technology. 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. And 67 percent said technology will create greater value in the future than people. Technology is important. In fact, I’d argue keeping ahead of the technology game is merely table stakes. Love is the real competitive advantage.

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

Steve Farber

Technology. 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. And 67 percent said technology will create greater value in the future than people. Technology is important. In fact, I’d argue keeping ahead of the technology game is merely table stakes. Love is the real competitive advantage.

Why Customers Leave

Skip Prichard

And to be honest, it wasn’t hard to get people talking, and certain themes took shape very quickly: speed of service, restriction of access, rigidity of policies, complexity of technology, easy of process. Blame it on stiff competition. (And How to Win Them Back ). .

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.

Your Customers’ Behavior Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

This point was powerfully reinforced when listening to Nadia Shouraboura , former head of Amazon’s Supply Chain and Fulfillment Technologies and founder of Hointer , an innovative “digiphysical” retail startup , at an Intel roundtable on the future of retail experience.

Companies Are Turning Drones into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

In the oil industry, for example, what used to be weeks of inspection work now takes just days, thanks to drone-based thermal imaging and gas “sniffer” technology to inspect oil rigs and pipelines. Information & technology Digital Article

Automation Won’t Replace People as Your Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

To a large extent, he’s speaking directly to us humans, who may well lack confidence that we can continue to provide a superior value proposition relative to advancing technology. But optimizing asset utilization isn’t enough to sustain a competitive advantage.

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.

Big Data: Leveraging IT for Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

McAfee outlines the opportunities for competitive advantage for organizations that understand and embrace big data. Information & technologyData-driven decisions are better decisions. And big data now makes data-driven decisions possible in a big way. While much has been said about big data, little has been said about how big data will impact the act of managing. Until now.

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. 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. There, he introduced the contrasting notions of "infrastructure" and "proprietary" technologies. And network lock-in may help them maintain that advantage for some time.

Leaders Can Turn Creativity into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

Technological innovations like high speed trading and digital marketing enable competitors to emerge, thrive, and disrupt companies far faster than ever before. 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?

In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business Review

Technology has undoubtedly ushered in progress in a myriad of ways. I spend most of my time assuming the world is not ready for the technology revolution that will be happening soon.” The ability to focus is a competitive advantage in the world today. Huber & Starke/Getty Images. “Always remember: Your focus determines your reality.”

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.

Revolution from the Edge

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is an excerpt from an article written by John Hagel III, part of the Edge Perspectives with John Hagel series, one that offers an on-going “exploration of emerging innovations on a broad array of edges that are rising up to challenge the core.&# To read the compolete article and check out other resources, please [.].

Robert S. Becker: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

He advises clients on learning strategy, leads the implementation of instructional technology and produces engaging interactive multimedia content. Becker Sir Rupert Hart-Davis Spencer Johnson the Blended Learner blog The Brook Kerith the design genius of Steve Jobs that is channeled by Apple The Design of Business: Why Design Thinking is the Next Competitive Advantage Tim Brown Tom Lockwood University of Reading in England Winston ChurchillRobert S.

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. IT management Operations Technology IOMS

3 Ways to Ready Your Leadership Team for Digital Transformation

CEO Insider

Companies must integrate technology into their business models in order to thrive. This requires 21st-century business leaders who can rethink the role of technology to enhance the customer experience, create competitive advantages, and drive productivity.

What Robert Greifeld Can Teach You About Getting Your Organization On Track

Leading Blog

Overhaul Technology 5. To address the technology gap at Nasdaq, Greifeld went outside to buy winners—smart acquisitions. Business leaders should always cultivate an attentive disposition toward outsiders, especially in industries impacted by technology.

Knowledge Is Power. Data Isn’t.

In the CEO Afterlife

Thanks to technology, we have access to an endless source of data at our fingertips, at any place and at any time we choose. Technology gives us more and more data, but analyzing and understanding ‘more and more’ is arduous and time consuming.

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Will Artificial Intelligence Take Your Job?

Leading Blog

Of course, people have always worried that technology would take over their job. Gutenberg’s press probably created more social upheaval than any technological advancement has yet to do today. To maintain your advantage, you need to always be learning too.

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

Harvard Business Review

Kodak was so blinded by its success that it completely missed the rise of digital technologies. So, another explanation is that Kodak invented the technology but didn’t invest in it. Don’t answer the question with technologies, offerings, or categories.

Today’s Leaders All Share These 5 Traits – A Digital Mindset

N2Growth Blog

The best leaders have a propensity for looking for ways to leverage digital technology for competitive gain.If It’s the only way you can help your business leverage data and information technologies in the pursuit of growth and profitability. Digital technology and media are omnipresent in business nowadays. Today’s leaders need a thirst to understand all the capabilities that technology has to offer and get energized by the art of the possible.

The Pace of Technology Adoption is Speeding Up

Harvard Business Review

By analogy, firms with competitive advantages in those areas will need to move faster to capture those opportunities that present themselves. This second graph, by Michael DeGusta of MIT’s Technology Review, presents similar results.

N2Growth Helps Businesses Combine Strategy & Innovation for a Consumer-First Approach to Digital Transformation

N2Growth Blog

Digital technology continues to transform both the retail and consumer experience. To stay competitive, brands must innovate and transform. Additionally, led the successful exists of a few advertising technology startups, then joined IBM as Watson was taking-off.

Can Lending Technology Revive America???s Small Businesses?

Harvard Business Review

Small businesses are also instrumental to our innovation economy; small firms produce 13 times more patents per employee than larger firms and employ more than 40% of high technology workers in America. The potential of new technology to fill the gaps in small business lending is high.

Building Trust: A Leadership Imperative

Lead Change Blog

However, new research by Accenture has quantified the impact of trust on a company’s competitiveness. Technology, social media, and the digital economy have resulted in trust incidents becoming increasingly visible to the general public. A joint report developed with the United Nations Global Compact found that 88 percent of investors see sustainability as a route to competitive advantage.

What’s Your Leadership AQ?

Lead Change Blog

AQ is defined as “the ability to adjust course, product, service, and strategy in response to unanticipated changes in the market”— and indeed, the Harvard Business Review characterised it as “the new competitive advantage.” These companies have failed to innovate and stay ahead of the rapid changes in technology, and so have fallen by the wayside.

Trying not to Lose is Different than Trying to Win

Great Leadership By Dan

Anticipating and preparing for change is the essence of competitive advantage. The leaders who dominate in this new era will not only understand the changes affecting them, but they will seize them, master them, and use them to their advantage to achieve ever-higher performance.

How Deloitte Consulting LLP and Salesforce Are Using Technology to Transform the Employee Experience - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DELOITTE’S CONNECTME AND SALESFORCE

Harvard Business Review

We’re focusing today on how new challenges and new technologies are changing human capital management, and how to ensure that this key resource becomes a sustained competitive advantage for your company.

7 Things That Drive Your Core Strengths and Make You Unique

Lead Change Blog

Your Advantages – there are things in life that have given you a competitive advantage. They are what they are – advantages. No 2 people’s advantages are the same – so rule out comparison or self-pity. At your core there exists a unique set of abilities.

Taking Charge of YOUR Learning


Organizations are in a state of constant flux with business models becoming obsolete, new models emerging and new technologies disrupting businesses/individuals.

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Key Tips for Bridging the Generational Divide in the Workplace

Leading Blog

Their assuredness and technological expertise have radically changed office dynamics. Millennials bring a specific set of game-changing technological skills to the workplace, yet Boomers often have no idea what these tools are, what they do or how they’re changing the business landscape.

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Being Smart is Not Enough

Leading Blog

He writes in The Advantage : In this world of ubiquitous information and nanosecond technology exchange, it’s harder than it has ever been in history to maintain a competitive advantage based on intelligence or knowledge….I Being smart has become a commodity. It's permission to play, says Patrick Lencioni.

In Praise of the Fast Company

In the CEO Afterlife

Should every company be striving for the form of strategic advantage that has become the hallmarks of Amazon, Google and Facebook? For sure, in the tech world, it’s hard to imagine success without quick and continuous technology improvement. Intense Competition Remains a Fact of Life.

Audience Mind-Meld: Real-Time Data Makes It Possible

Strategy Driven

There is a way to find out what audiences are thinking in real time: Audience response technology. Polling technology can allow presenters to embed questions directly into a PowerPoint presentation and enable audiences to respond using keypads or smartphones.

Some Ideas To Help Accelerate Your SWOT Analysis

Six Disciplines

The purpose of using the SWOT tool is to uncover or reveal the organization''s competitive advantages, and what opportunities (sales, profitability) to capitalize upon. Operations (facilities, capacity, distribution channels, supply chain, costs, use of technology). Technological (pace and changes in technology). Competition (industry leaders, number of competitors, fragmentation/consolidation).


Advanced Analytics Are Crucial to Digital Transformation - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DXC TECHNOLOGY

Harvard Business Review

Organizations that thrive on change use data and analytics as a competitive asset. Those that successfully harvest vast troves of data can improve productivity; make faster and more accurate decisions; reduce costs; increase competitive advantage; discover new business models and innovations; and better engage customers, employees, and partners. Core technologies such as cloud, mobility, modern applications, and networks continue to evolve.

Want to Cut Complexity? Kill Your Darlings.

In the CEO Afterlife

Optimists favor ‘ doing more with more ,’ placing bets that higher sales and profits will pay for the added investments in headcount or technologies; we’ve all been there at one time or another. There are plenty of generic strategic choices to drive a business forward.


N2Growth Blog

ADVANTAGE STRATEGY. A move toward the Advantage Strategy Paradigm begins with the adoption and commitment to a set of principles that guides all executives in the decisions and actions they take related to developing, planning, and executing strategy. Here are the five principles that guide Advantage Strategy: #1. To achieve real competitive advantage and sustained breakthrough results, strategy must become the job of every employee, not just a handful of senior executives.

The World of the 21st Century CEO

In the CEO Afterlife

History has shown us that the best performers were those who made the right strategic moves to create a future in which their company would enjoy significant competitive advantage. It’s going to get worse, even with advances in communications technology.

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