Introducing 100 Coaches: Pay It Forward Champions

Marshall Goldsmith

I am very excited to announce the selection of the 100 Coaches in our pay-it-forward project! For those of you who haven’t heard of the project, here is a little back story. I made a 30-second video about the project for LinkedIn. World authority on project management.

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The $300 House: The Performance Challenge

Harvard Business Review

Kudos to Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar for taking a moment to reflect on Affordable Housing Institute founder David Smith's observation that markets alone will never successfully house any nation's poorest people. The $300 House: The Challenge. The Financial Challenge.

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The $300 House: The Corporate Challenge

Harvard Business Review

Editor's note: This post is one in an occasional series on Vijay Govindarajan's and Christian Sarkar's idea to create a scalable housing solution for the world's poor. As Robert Freling (another contributor to this series ) has so elegantly demonstrated with Solar Electric Light Fund projects, it's possible to create a simple solution that simultaneously takes on multiple fundamental issues.

Negotiating Innovation and Control

Harvard Business Review

The company's core control mechanisms — the means by which it decides how to allocate resources, start and stop projects, and so on — were organized to do one thing: minimize mistakes. Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble suggest that companies can consciously manage the balance between the "performance engine" (that minimizes mistakes) and the "discovery team" (that encourages experiments) by being clear about what core capabilities should be forgotten and borrowed.

It's Time to Rethink Continuous Improvement

Harvard Business Review

As innovation thinker Vijay Govindarajan says , "The more you hardwire a company on total quality management, [the more] it is going to hurt breakthrough innovation. Sure it's important to inject discipline into product and service development, but not so much that it discourages creativity. Too many continuous improvement projects focus so much on gaining efficiencies that they don't challenge the basic assumptions of what's being done.

The $300 House: The Sustainability Challenge

Harvard Business Review

Editor's note: This post is one in an occasional series on Vijay Govindarajan's and Christian Sarkar's idea to create a scalable housing solution for the world's poor. I was pleased to discover the $300 House challenge and I applaud the efforts of Vijay Govindarajan and Christian Sarkar. My passion for a sustainable future led me to quickly say yes when asked to collaborate on this important project.

Whatever Happened to the $300 House?

Harvard Business Review

The idea to design and build a $300 house first appeared here on the HBR site in August 2010, in a post by me (Vijay Govindarajan) and Christian Sarkar, and then again as one of several ideas in the HBR Agenda 2011. What reverse innovation lessons might be learned by the participants in such a project? At the same time, the $300 House project initiated an international online design competition for the project. The Development of a Business Plan.

The $300 House: The Urban Challenge

Harvard Business Review

Editor's note: This post is one in an occasional series on Vijay Govindarajan's and Christian Sarkar's idea to create a scalable housing solution for the world's poor. This development plan can be scaled to build 3 million or 30 million units per year, if needed.

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Great Innovators Create the Future, Manage the Present, and Selectively Forget the Past

Harvard Business Review

To deal with this problem, over the course of thirty-five years of working with and doing research in corporations around the world, I have developed a simple, practical framework that recognizes all three competing challenges managers face when leading innovation. Vijay Govindarajan.

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The $300 House: The Marketing Challenge

Harvard Business Review

Editor's note: This post is one in an occasional series on Vijay Govindarajan's and Christian Sarkar's idea to create a scalable housing solution for the world's poor. The $300 House: The Challenge. The Financial Challenge. The Design Challenge. The Energy Challenge. The Co-Creation Challenge.