Marketing First, Technology Second

Strategy Driven

A major downside of living in a tech-centric society like ours is that many of us now use a technology-first lens to view the world around us. Too often, product managers are taking the easier route of emphasizing technical features and benefits instead of crafting a compelling brand positioning strategy that identifies and fills a perceived gap in the minds of consumers. That’s when Apple repositioned itself as the go-to computer brand for those who want to be creative.

Creative People Must Be Stopped

Leading Blog

Mostly people say they want big, new, creative ideas. They act like creative people must be stopped. We both lead and manage innovation, says Owens. Along this path, there will be a number of management activities that can smooth progress and make for a more efficient effort.” He writes: One of the most important leadership skills is to discern whether the person standing in front of you is asking for your help as a manager or for your attention as a leader.

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Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami?

Rich Gee Group

home about rich our team news our fans services executive coach business coach speaking inspire media knowledge books affiliates contact Rich Gee Group 203.500.2421 Are We Experiencing A Technology Tsunami? Over the past 25 to 30 years, technology has been zipping along the mainframe to desktop route and the entire tech institution has been riding along with it (and profiting greatly from it). How is technology changing for you?

Learn How to Be More Creative in Any Field and in Life

Strategy Driven

Just as IQ is an indication of your share of intelligence and EQ connotes your share of empathy, it is also possible to have a share of creativity, or CQ. A creativity quotient is not fixed. Anyone in any field—farming, law, plumbing, architecture, perfumery, real estate, medicine, education, and technology, to name a few—can learn to be more creative and apply creativity to be more successful in their work. Do you experiment with technology?

Influencing Creativity and Innovation


So what is your role in influencing creativity and innovation in others? We know it isn’t enough to simply add creativity to a list of values your organization espouses or to bring in consultants who get staff keyed up about innovating. Your best chance of having creative, innovative initiatives will occur with behaviors that: Encourage curiosity: Ask open ended questions, encourage forums where it is easy and safe to brainstorm, and model curiosity for others on your staff.

Different Ways to Promote Creativity in the Workplace

Strategy Driven

However, there are many other valuable traits that employees can bring to the office and that managers should embrace. One of the most underrated features that you should promote in your workplace is creativity. Creativity can have a multitude of benefits for you and your workers, such as increased output and a higher sense of enthusiasm. Here are some simple but effective ways to foster creativity among your employees.

How to Manage the Tsunami of Change

Lead Change Blog

With the onslaught of AI and other disrupting technologies, the workplace will undergo rapid changes. These changes are not just causing disruption to businesses, but are also becoming a big problem for the managers to face. Managers and their teams are feeling insecure, causing major health hazards. It is not just technology that needs to be focused on, but people need to be made comfortable with such changes. Leadership Change Change Management Collaborate Growth

Tips For Improving Your Small Business Using Technology

Strategy Driven

There are many advantages to using more technology solutions in your small business that are worth you learning more about. Improve your small business using technology by launching an attractive website and blog so consumers can learn more about you. You have control over the creative aspects and who sees your promotions, so you know your money is being spent wisely when using this tactic. You just finished reading Tips For Improving Your Small Business Using Technology !

5 Creative Ways To Make Your Resume Stand Out

Let's Grow Leaders

So ditch the old-school approach and leverage the latest technology to make your resume pop. They analyzed 3 million resumes and correlated them with managers ratings of “5 star.” ” Power words include: “experience”, “management,” “project.” Career & Learning career creative resumes infographic resumes resume You’re no ordinary candidate, so why settle for a yawner of a resume?

Sparking creativity in teams: An executive’s guide

First Friday Book Synopsis

To read the complete article, check out other resources, and register for free email alerts, please click here. * * * Senior managers can apply practical insights [.]. Capozzi McKinsey & Company Renee Dye Sparking creativity in teams: An executive’s guide The McKinsey Quarterly (April 20110) to perceive things differently we must bombard our brains with things it has never encountered What business are we in? Here is an article co-authored by Marla M.

Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone

Strategy Driven

Design Thinking: A Guide to Creative Problem Solving for Everyone seeks to assist in addressing a full spectrum of challenges from the most vexing to the everyday—whether you work in a design field or not. It renders accessible the creative problem-solving abilities that we all possess by providing a dynamic framework and practical tools for thinking imaginatively and critically. Implementing a strategic technology plan.

How to Manage Those Who Are Struggling to Perform Remotely

Lead from Within

There are specific things you can do to manage those who are struggling to perform remotely: Create a trusted dialogue. It could be that processes are too cumbersome, technology is breaking down, or they aren’t getting the information they need. If there is a systemic or management issue creating a problem, be the first to acknowledge your responsibility. The One Aspect Of Crisis Management That No One Talks About.

Put Your Phone Away And Look Up

Lead Change Blog

To me, the selfie stick is a metaphor for Corporate America’s creativity dilemma. Organizations seek ways to boost creativity. But myopia is an enemy of creativity, and what is more myopic than a selfie and a tiny screen? What creative process do they use to envision and actualize their themed areas? What leads a college graduate to apply for hourly work managing the queue of Ollivander’s Wand Shop? Feeling stuck in a creative rut?

Why You Should Consider SharePoint as a Business Technology Solution, part 1

Strategy Driven

Microsoft SharePoint is a multipurpose web application platform that makes communication, collaboration and content management more fluid and effective for many businesses. Content management is more fluid and effective for companies, keeping it in a centralised and synchronised position for all members to access. With efficient input / output management features, users can add, edit and delete the same documents, whilst maintaining version control.

Tame Your Technology and Get More Sleep

The Practical Leader

She learned from this painful lesson to master her technology and regain control of her time and life. She found her creativity, pro-activity, and wisdom increased. And it’s way too easy to allow our technologies to take over our lives. Highly effective leaders manage IT tools to leverage their effectiveness and improve their communications. They don’t let the tools manage them. Electronic tools are incredible.

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

Harvard Business

It seems beyond debate: Technology is going to replace jobs, or, more precisely, the people holding those jobs. Here are four ways to think about the people left behind after the trucks bring in all the new technology. Many executives may think themselves the wizard; enthralled by the idea that AI technology will allow them to shed millions of dollars in labor costs, they could come to believe that the best company is the one with the fewest people aside from the CEO.

Do you want to push your solution? Or implement creative, collaborative change?

Strategy Driven

To have greater success, you’d need to begin your initiative – whether it’s sales, change management, leadership, or negotiation – by facilitating the components of systemic change first. Or implement creative, collaborative change? ! Or implement creative, collaborative change? Relate Articles: A Technology Case Study: Implementing What the Customer Wants.

What Creativity in Marketing Looks Like Today

Harvard Business

What makes marketing creative? Is a creative marketer more artist or entrepreneur? Historically, the term “marketing creative” has been associated with the words and pictures that go into ad campaigns. Do these changing roles require a new way of thinking about creativity in marketing? We asked them for examples of creativity in marketing that go beyond ad campaigns and deliver tangible value to the business. Bring creativity to measurement.

How Senior Executives Find Time to Be Creative

Harvard Business

It’s creativity. And for that, you need highly creative employees. While much of the advice on becoming more creative is known, what’s harder to figure out is how busy executives actually find time to put it into practice. To find out, I spoke to some of the most innovative leaders across key industries, from technology to consulting to manufacturing. Research shows that we are at our most creative when we are in an unfamiliar environment.

How to Accelerate the Adoption of Digital Health Technology

Harvard Business

In 1997, health information technology and digitial health pioneer Warner Slack wrote his bold and prophetic book, Cybermedicine: How Computing Empowers Doctors and Patients for Better Care. Many anticipated that health information technology would reduce costs by limiting the duplication of tests and studies, but there is little evidence that it has accomplished this. Technology Research & development Healthcare Digital ArticleJamie Jones/Getty Images.

How Big Companies Can (and do) Innovate Like a Start-Up

Leading Blog

In Creative Construction , Gary Pisano says that when big organizations fail to innovate, the root cause is often related to “management practice and leadership than with organizational scale per se.” Creative Construction is the process of sustaining and rejuvenating an existing organization’s innovative capabilities. Creative construction requires a delicate balance of exploiting existing resources and capabilities without becoming imprisoned by them.”.

Measuring Creativity: We Have the Technology

Harvard Business Review

Managers are looking for answers to their problems that are both novel and relevant. Clearly, if you're going to be creative, you need to apply divergent thinking. About 850 books and articles popped up on the Thomson Reuters © WEB of KNOWLEDGE database when we searched for articles that correlated to 'creativity' AND 'marketing'. At least part of the explanation for this is that people feel powerless when it comes to creativity. Advertising Creativity

Blockchain Could Help Artists Profit More from Their Creative Works

Harvard Business

How technology is transforming transactions. How Blockchain Works Here are five basic principles underlying the technology. Combine this powerful new technology with an artistic community that values inclusion; integrity; transparency in deal making; respect of rights; privacy; security; and fair exchange of value, and you’ve got yourself a new ecosystem for motion pictures, video games, and other creative pursuits.

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Managing Virtual Teams: Three Keys to Success

Women on Business

Guest post by business strategy and management education expert Trish Gorman (learn more about Trish at the end of this post). Most of us realize that high-performing teams are not really “managed.” But in today’s global workforce, the task of managing virtual teams complicates the management process and throws additional challenges into the mix. Keeping three things in mind will help you move from serving as a glorified meeting manager to becoming a true team leader.

A Technology Case Study: Implementing What the Customer Wants

Strategy Driven

In order for any change to occur – whether it’s a decision to purchase a product, or an implementation to add new technology – whatever touches the ultimate solution must buy-in to the change. Sharon Drew explores what happens when he stumbles in the dark trying to bring his fellow managers, the internal tech team (which is responsible for the current site), and the CFO (to whom the tech team reports) on board.

How Good Leadership Can Impact Employees’ Innovative Behavior

Leading Blog

Besides helping them better handle workplace-related challenges, leaders evoke innovation and creativity and inspire them to reach their full potential. Despite this, many managers and leaders make the same mistake. According to a survey conducted by the employee engagement platform Achievers, 43% of respondents say their managers are OK in giving recognition, while one in five admit their managers are horrible in giving proper recognition. Creativity & Innovation

Managing Remote Employees: Lessons Ancient Rome and Today

Great Leadership By Dan

Social Media Manager. Telework Manager or Coordinator. Online Advertising Manager. Answer: They are staffed by employees that can do their work while their managers are in a different location. And if you’re a manager or aspiring manager, chances are at least one of them is going to work for you. They’ve all been around since the Roman Empire was managing 25% of the world’s population spread out over 6,500,000 square kilometers. Manage for results.

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Is Grumbling Your First Response To Cutbacks?

Lead Change Blog

If senior management cuts your budget, says no to replacing broken equipment, or reduces your headcount, what is the first feeling that wells up inside you? Adversity Offers A Chance To Get Creative – I once read that creativity is a product of boundaries and constraints, not unlimited budgets and freedoms. Self Leadership Change creativity downsizing Gratitude Leadership Management positive attitude Teamwork

December 2018 Leadership Development Carnival: A Year in Review

Lead Change Blog

We’re excited to share our leadership experts’ favorite posts from 2018 on the topics of communication, creativity/inspiration, development, engagement, productivity, and more. Dan McCarthy of Great Leadership provided Why Managers Don’t Listen (Poor Listener Syndrome): and the Cures! Dan shares: “ Listening is one of the most consistently lowest rated behaviors in 360 degree feedback assessments for managers. Creativity/Inspiration.

Possibility Maximizer: Management Improvement Carnival

Sales Wolf Blog

SHRM - Society for Human Resource Managment Indispensible for the HR Professional! Successories Motivational Products Talent Managment Magazine Testing and Assessments - An Employers Guide to Good Practices Testing and Assessments - DOL The Rainmaker Group - Possibility Maximization An amazing group of people commited to making a difference in the world they live - one soul, one organization, one Customer Experience at a time.   Ready to improve your management skills?

How the EMR Is Increasing Innovation and Creativity in Health Care

Harvard Business

This same mistake-proofing process and technology embedded in the electronic medical record (EMR) can move us a great distance toward safer, higher quality, and more affordable health care. Information technology has come late to health care delivery. But just as the cell phone, originally designed as a mobile communication device, has been adapted to an unimagined array of additional functions, the EMR is serving as a platform for innovation and creativity.

Measuring Creativity: We Have the Technology

Harvard Business Review

Managers are looking for answers to their problems that are both novel and relevant. Clearly, if you're going to be creative, you need to apply divergent thinking. About 850 books and articles popped up on the Thomson Reuters © WEB of KNOWLEDGE database when we searched for articles that correlated to 'creativity' AND 'marketing'. At least part of the explanation for this is that people feel powerless when it comes to creativity. Advertising Creativity TTCT

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. 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.

Human Resource (HR) Manager Challenges

Coaching Tip

In order to recruit and retain talented candidates, Human Resources management must match the process to the type and level of employee they are hiring – one size does not necessarily fit all. This is an important strategic process – e.g., you probably want to treat senior executives differently than the mass hiring of first-level employees though many organizations overuse technology and simply don’t. An Human Resource (HR) manager’s work does not end once a candidate is hired.

Data Can Enhance Creative Projects — Just Look at Netflix

Harvard Business

Orange Is the New Black isn’t just great television — it’s also an example of data-driven creativity in action. With the recent explosion of shows produced by Silicon Valley companies like Amazon, Hulu, and Netflix comes a fear that entertainment will increasingly be shaped by analysts crunching numbers rather than creatives following their artistic vision. Other elements of Netflix’s approach also favor greater creative freedom.

Dorothy Leonard: An interview by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

Abernathy Professor of Business Administration Emerita, joined the Harvard faculty in 1983 after teaching for three years at the Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has taught MBA courses in managerial leadership, corporate capabilities, new product and process design, technology strategy and innovation management. Dorothy Leonard, the William J.

Managing the “Great Expectations” of the Next Sales Generation

Women on Business

How do companies motivate and manage a generation of workers who grew up receiving awards and prizes for just showing up? That’s what one manager recently shared with me about how much time she spends getting new Gen Y team members on board. The paradigm shift to tap their creativity and technological savvy is not unlike moving from landlines to iPhones. Some Millennials lack time management skills because parents managed their calendars.

How Artificial Intelligence Will Redefine Management

Harvard Business

Many alarms have sounded on the potential for artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to upend the workforce, especially for easy-to-automate jobs. But managers at all levels will have to adapt to the world of smart machines. The fact is, artificial intelligence will soon be able to do the administrative tasks that consume much of managers’ time faster, better, and at a lower cost. ’ That’s the creativity, the curiosity [we need in managers].”

Five Minutes - a Key to Successful Time Management

Kevin Eikenberry

Consulting Speaking Training Products About Blog Home Blogs I Like Leadership Learning Subscribe Five Minutes – a Key to Successful Time Management by Kevin Eikenberry on January 28, 2011 in Decision Making , Leadership , Learning , Manage Projects , Personal Development Every leader I talk to tells me they are busy. Tagged as: five minutes , time management { 11 comments… read them below or add one } Crystal J. Our managers don’t leave.&#

Can Technology End Poverty?

Harvard Business Review

If you believe the hype, technology is going to help us end global poverty. Berkeley researcher Kentaro Toyama has a blog dedicated to calling out naïve or inappropriate uses of information and communication technologies (ICT). Calling himself the ICT4D jester (using the development jargon for "information and communication technologies for development"), he has no shortage of material. To do that, it's vital that technology be suitable and relevant to the lives of its users.

15 Key Lessons On Managing Change


Home Go to Guest Posts Disclaimer 15 Key Lessons On Managing Change Change, they say, is the only constant. With rapid globalization and advent of technology, the rate of change in society and in organizations has just multiplied. We may not be ‘change management experts’, but having a set of thumb rules always helps when dealing with change (because at some point, we have to face/manage/lead a change).

Fueling Business Process Management with the Automation Engine that Can!

Strategy Driven

Organizations deploy automation technologies as the primary resource in their Business Process Management. Gone are the days were BPO meant Business Process Outsourcing, with Robotic Process Automation technology fueling new millennium enterprises, BPO has taken on a new meaning, Business Process Optimization. Fortunately, today’s business leaders have numerous technologies and solutions available in order to effectively manage and integrate their entire enterprise.

There Will Always Be Limits to How Creative a Computer Can Be

Harvard Business

Inevitably, “ artificial intelligence will soon be able to do the administrative tasks that consume much of managers’ time faster, better, and at a lower cost.” ” But, when it comes to more complex and creative tasks such as innovation, the question still remains whether AI can do the job better than humans. ” To add to that, my colleague Lee Spector and I have developed a mathematical proof that shows the limits to how creative a computer can be.

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