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.

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. 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.

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.

In a Distracted World, Solitude Is a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business

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.”

Leaders Can Turn Creativity into a Competitive Advantage

Harvard Business

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?

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.

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.

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. Technology has dramatically changed our expectation of what fast, convenient and “broad selection” means. Blame it on stiff competition. So, the bigger issue is where do we find competitive advantage? (And How to Win Them Back ). .

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. As both a technology and retailer innovator — not unlike Amazon! That’s where value-added differentiation and competitive advantage come from.

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. In our highly competitive economy, managers may be too easily seduced by the apparent advantages of automation. Southwest operates in an industry that has long been obsessed with asset utilization as the key to competitiveness. Therefore, they cease to provide 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. As we highlighted in an earlier article , APIs are a technology that allow firms to interact and share information with other firms at an unprecedented scale, taking advantage of the far-reaching progress in digitization and the rising influence of software in our day-to-day lives. How do the exemplars use APIs for competitive advantage?

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.

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 [.].

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.

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. Umpqua created and set up an exhibition at its headquarters in Portland, Oregon, focused on designing human-centered experiences, products and technological tools. Design thinking has come a long way since I wrote about it here in 2008.

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. Digital transformation is no longer optional for businesses — it’s mandatory.

Kodak’s Downfall Wasn’t About Technology

Harvard Business

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. That criticism perhaps held in early iterations of Kodak’s digital cameras (the $20,000 DCS-100, for example), but Kodak ultimately embraced simplicity, carving out a strong market position with technologies that made it easy to move pictures from cameras to computers.

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

Harvard Business

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.

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

Harvard Business

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.

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. Then they build on that advantage by keeping things simple to maintain clarity. Rather, it is using judgment at the right time and in the right place to seize the competitive edge.

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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.

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. Ever since, artificial intelligence or cognitive technologies as it is often referred to, have been slowly developing in capability and application. Third, massive automation will not take place based on our experience from previous generations of technology.

How Sales Leaders Can Reclaim the Advantage in a Virtual World

Next Level Blog

I’ve been collecting some best practice ideas that can help you and your team reclaim competitive advantage in a virtual world. Many of the sales leaders I’m talking with this summer are working on how to help their teams raise their games in the virtual world we’re living in.

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. That transformation requires adopting new digital technologies in every aspect of business — from product design and operations to customer service and marketing. In contrast, other leaders focus so much on long-term strategies that they miss the opportunity to create competitive advantage by pulling the future forward.

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.

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. Many people suggest that rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up, but is it really, across the board? The answer seems to be yes.

Are there Benefits of Cloud Computing for Businesses?

Strategy Driven

And for any business that is looking to use technology, and see if it offers any value, won’t have to look too far from cloud computing in terms of getting a good return on their investment. Strategic competitive advantage. This helps to give you a strategic competitive advantage over any competitors, especially those that have not yet got on board with those kinds of cloud technology. If you’re fairly new to business, then there is a lot to learn.

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.

8 Steps to Becoming a Better Leader Within Your Petrochemical Business

Strategy Driven

Making sure that you embrace helpful software and technology, such as field service software for your operatives , shows your employees that you care about proper management systems and anything which can make their jobs a little easier. Step 6: Stay on Top of the Competition.

Looking Back: Best New Leadership Book Of 2016

Eric Jacobson

James Dallas More specifically, Brown covers much more than tasks, timing and technologies. James Dallas has more than 30 years of experience bridging the gap between strategy and execution, using IT for competitive advantage, and developing leadership. Flashback to 2016.

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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. As business theorist Arie de Gues said in his 1988 HBR article titled “ Planning as Learning ”, “We understand that the only competitive advantage the company of the future will have is its managers’ ability to learn faster than their competitors.”.

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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. While every leader plans and communicates their strategy before the competition begins, once in the race, it’s often necessary to make split-second decisions to redirect efforts.

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. Since the onset of the financial crisis, and particularly during the economic recovery, there has been significant growth in innovative alternative sources of loan capital to small businesses, driven by technology. Finance Small/medium business Technology

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. There are external resources – money, influential friends, community, technology, etc. At your core there exists a unique set of abilities. We refer to them as strengths. These are not difficult to discover.

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).



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.

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. Whether you sell information or cremation, the common thread for success is sustaining an advantage. The means to this end isn’t limited to technology breakthroughs. Intense Competition Remains a Fact of Life.