Complimentary Resource – Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth

Strategy Driven

Economist: Smart SMBs Fine-Tuning the Engines of Growth. In return, these small businesses often look to governments for assistance, from cutting bureaucratic red tape to providing financial incentives such as tax breaks. by Symantec Corporation.

Two thought-provoking perspectives on the “crisis of capitalism”

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here are brief excerpts from two articles featured by McKinsey & Company. I suggest you read them in the order in which they appear here, then click where indicated to read each in its entirety. I presume to suggest, further, that you register to receive email updates on other resources that are also available at [.].

Three SEO Considerations When Choosing Your Next Hosting Company

Strategy Driven

Some brands may even find their hosting costs reduce when they switch, because plenty of operators are looking for new business and offer attractive incentives to the right customers. Let’s start with a couple of statements about hosting.

From Yurt to Beer Cooler: Adventures with Duct Tape

Mills Scofield

Though broad in scope, this first official assignment had a built-in incentive to succeed (past simply surviving the class’s first crit); representatives from Duck Tape would actually be coming in to view our creations. Two weeks ago, a few of us adults got to play!

How the Imagined “Rationality” of Engineering Is Hurting Diversity — and Engineering

Harvard Business Review

Just how common are the views on gender espoused in the memo that former Google engineer James Damore was recently fired for distributing on an internal company message board? Research we’ve conducted shows that while most people don’t share Damore’s views, male engineers are more likely to. ” Students are taught engineering purity, Cech found , so their commitment to public welfare declines significantly over the course of their engineering education.

They seemed so normal in the interview…

Survive Your Promotion

We finally terminated him but not before he annoyed some major clients, frustrated his fellow engineers, and absorbed countless hours of management time in coaching and attempts to resolve his performance issues. Survive Your Promotion!

The Internet-Connected Engine Will Change Trucking

Harvard Business Review

You’re driving down the road and the “check engine” light appears on your dashboard. But if you decide to keep driving, you risk something far worse happening to your engine – and your livelihood. DTNA’s engines continuously record performance data and send it to their Detroit Diesel Customer Support Center (CSC). It takes strong top-down leadership — a combination of persuasion, incentives, mandates, and examples — to make this kind of change happen.


Why Your Online Presence Needs Maximizing

Strategy Driven

Google is the number one search engine that all Internet users have on hand should they need to locate a business or have a question that needs answering. Add an incentive, a voucher code or a freebie, and focus on customer experience.

The Art of Perfect Timing

Leading Blog

For example, we question whether or not the incentives we have chosen are the right ones, but we don’t consider what those incentives became important at that particular time. We say timing is everything. And it is. But most of time it just seems like good luck.

How a Website Can Drive Your Business Forward

Strategy Driven

Your Business Will Show Up In Search Engines. Now that we collect data on what consumers search for (as well as where, when and how they spend their time and money online) we can tailor online content to ensure it shows up in search engine results.

I just remembered you… | Rajesh Setty

Rajesh Setty

About Portfolio Resources eBuzz Blog Home Blog Uncategorized I just remembered you… RSS Feed I just remembered you… By Rajesh Setty on Sat 09 Aug 2008, 11:17 PM - View Comments Since last week, I have been receiving requests about the new search engine Scour. It is the next gen search engine with Google/Yahoo/MSN results and user comments all on one page. HELLO THERE AND WELCOME. You are a new visitor to this blog.

3 keys to improve your employee engagement, featured at CIO online

ReImagine Work

Incentives and recognition are the way to go.” ” There’s a place for videos, recognition programs and incentives. Have you seen headlines like these? “5 ways to boost employee engagement with video.” ” “Want increased employee engagement?

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They Don’t Get It, Do YOU?

Lead Change Blog

The Combustion Engine. Incentives of Choice. The Golden Rule for Businesses has been proven by Science. We use science every day to save lives, invent revolutionary products and services that change the world. The Wheel. The Nail. The Compass. The Printing Press. The Telephone.

The Future of Cities Depends on Innovative Financing

Harvard Business Review

Of course, this approach might cost the issuer (the city) more money if it has to make good on an incentive fee — but it’s only due if the incentive is earned. Engineering, Construction & Infrastructure ArticleToday’s mega-cities have a footprint problem.

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5 Ways to Generate More Sales Leads

Strategy Driven

If someone is willing to give you their email address in exchange for a piece of content or another incentive you’re offering, that means they’re more likely to convert into a customer.

Strategic planning must change with the times

N2Growth Blog

Engineering and creating sustainable advantage is the focus of the new paradigm for strategy management, detailing how the intersection of intelligence and innovation come together to deliver and sustain superior financial performance and value creation.

Preparing Local Economies for the Future - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DELL AND INTEL®

Harvard Business Review

Civic leaders knew the formula for attracting industry: They had to provide financial incentives, a strong transportation system, a solid infrastructure, and community services such as public schools.

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How to Improve the Speed of Your Hiring Process

HR Digest

Based on the recent workable data, hire rates is at 51 days for IT roles and 60 days for engineering roles. You will need to create a suitable referral incentive program to stimulate the full participation of your employees. The current candidate-driven market is affecting how hiring managers must work to access top quality talents. Job openings continue to outnumber the qualified talents available as the unemployment rate hit its lowest point.

Time Management Systems

Survive Your Promotion

So next time your boss drops in and asks you to create an ROI analysis for a tool you want to buy, don’t spend hours sweating over excel – head over to your favorite search engine and see if someone has already done your work for you. Survive Your Promotion!

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How to Help Your Business Survive

Strategy Driven

They can also help with SEO, or search-engine optimization , so that your website stands out online! That could be through a promotion, a VIP offer or an ongoing incentive program.

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Three Simple Tips to Start Solving Problems in Your Business Today

Steve Farber

David Conley found himself on a team of experts who were attempting to design satellite superstructures, a challenge not specifically covered while earning his college degree in nuclear engineering. The incentives the company paid them was far less than the cost of recruiting services, and the results were even better: a plethora of well-suited, talented new employees and virtually no headhunter fees.


What’s Your Time Worth? Why Pricing Matters

N2Growth Blog

The use of solid research, segmentation, and sound business logic in the engineering of your pricing model will pay long-term dividends. By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth. Are you shooting yourself in the foot with your pricing strategy? How much is your time worth?

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Prerequisites for Change Adoption

Change Starts Here

About twenty years ago, I was an engineering co-op student at Delco Electronics (now Delphi), an automotive electronics company that at the time was a subsidiary of General Motors.

Are You Building A Business Or A Job?

Tanveer Naseer

Be sure to give them a cash incentive if the business is sold (and a stay bonus to help you with the transition) and ask them for their discretion. I was tired of our endless tech problems, our inability to find enough talented engineers who wanted to work, ultimately, on blog and CrunchBase software. And when we did find those engineers, as we so often did, how to keep them happy. It’s certainly not an engineering-driven company.

Are You Building A Business Or A Job?

Tanveer Naseer

Be sure to give them a cash incentive if the business is sold (and a stay bonus to help you with the transition) and ask them for their discretion. I was tired of our endless tech problems, our inability to find enough talented engineers who wanted to work, ultimately, on blog and CrunchBase software. And when we did find those engineers, as we so often did, how to keep them happy. It’s certainly not an engineering-driven company.


Survive Your Promotion

On one side of the fence are the people (most notable engineers and entrepreneurs) who are strongly of the opinion that compromising the “right way” ruins the product. Survive Your Promotion!

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Kevin Murphy’s Presentation: Application and Lessons of Deming’s Perspective on Leadership

Deming Institute

After graduating from the Deming Scholars program at Fordham University he worked for GE Aircraft Engines. When GE decided to sell off the units providing engine and airframe accessory services, Kevin participated in a management buyout of the company that is now part of Triumph Accessory Services. Kevin also discusses the problems with contingent incentives (awards, etc.).

Why Dr. Deming’s Work is So Important to Me

Deming Institute

I don’t think I learned anything about Deming or his work as an undergraduate Industrial Engineering student from 1991 to 1995. It was one of my first experiences with teamwork and intrinsic motivation being squashed by extrinsic incentives and competition. Guest post by Mark Graban.

Why Sleepy Leaders Are Bad Leaders


Inside the laboratory, the results were replicated with an intriguing twist: the researchers provided students with an incentive to steal answers to a test they took. It’s a tempting thought: the more we work, the more productive we are. For those in senior leadership, it can be irresistible.

Five Jobs Made More Effective With Change Management

Change Starts Here

Yet, without a change management approach, HR tends to work within a transactional role, attacking problems reactively with policies, training, incentive programs, and memos. Jobs that focus on process improvement, such as industrial engineers, Six Sigma Black Belts, and operations managers, are usually redesigning people’s jobs.

It's 7PM – Do you know where your employees are?

Survive Your Promotion

Despite the fact that this guy was only a so-so engineer, his reputation for being a hard worker and loyal employee resulted in his promotion to management. Survive Your Promotion!

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Launching a new product

Lead on Purpose

Their newest online certificate, A Systems Approach to Product and Service Design is authored by Professor Peter Jackson, Director of Systems Engineering at Cornell University. This is an awsome incentive that could motivate a lot of people!

The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

Design and re-engineering of products-services. Incentives-rewards-bonus plan is annually updated, with realistic, measurable goals. When you own and operate a business you need to have certain procedures for an efficient and seamless function. Sometimes the difficulty of managing your time makes for a haphazard operation. An inefficient operation results in unproductive activities which often miss the point and worse yet, result in wasted time and wasted resources.

It's 7PM – Do you know where your employees are?

Survive Your Promotion

Despite the fact that this guy was only a so-so engineer, his reputation for being a hard worker and loyal employee resulted in his promotion to management. Survive Your Promotion!

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The Big Picture of Business – The Statistics Tree: Understanding Figures and What They Symbolize, Relating Directly to Your Business Success

Strategy Driven

That 2% includes all the doctors, lawyers, accountants and engineers… those of us who actually advise. Retaining good employees, involving training, motivation and incentives, is yet another matter. Business bases much of what it does on statistics.

45 Ways to Improve Your Customer Churn Rate

The Kini Group

Reverse engineer the process using the patterns and trends you uncovered in step one. Give customers incentives to stay longer by honoring their commitment to your company with gifts on their anniversaries. Customer churn rate is a big problem for big businesses.

Strong Leaders Harness the Power of Spirit and Meaning

The Practical Leader

Facebook flies in users from around the country to meet with engineers and share how the site has reconnected them to family and friends.

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Pricing Strategy: Pricking the Veil of Value Exchange

Strategy Driven

Proper monitoring techniques, decision processes, analytics, and incentives must be implemented to enhance the firm’s discounting decisions. Pricing is a strategic challenge, not an engineering challenge.

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What China’s Shift to a Service Economy Means for Its Managers

Harvard Business Review

There is no doubt that China has been one of the main engines of global growth in the last three decades. A service-driven economy, however, faces different demands and requires a different approach to incentive systems. This shift changes the kind of incentives required.

What Private Equity Investors Think They Do for the Companies They Buy

Harvard Business Review

” PE firms typically take three types of value increasing actions — financial engineering, governance engineering, and operational engineering. Here we find evidence of both financial and governance engineering.


Beware the Plumbing Firm That Advertises a Lot

Harvard Business Review

Because of an inability to establish lucrative relationships with long-term clients, low-quality firms have a greater incentive to rely on Internet search engines and other forms of advertising to aim at infrequent customers who aren’t willing to devote time to seeking out good companies, McDevitt suggests. Residential plumbing firms that advertised on Google searches tended to be lower-quality companies, according to a study in Illinois by Ryan C. McDevitt of Duke University.

Why Even AI-Powered Factories Will Have Jobs for Humans

Harvard Business Review

The worker must also possess robotics and controls engineering skills, according to our analysis of Tesla’s recent recruiting efforts. Just as the internet revolution ushered in completely novel jobs — for example, web designer and search-engine optimization engineer — so will the new era of AI. Telsa, for instance, is recruiting robot engineers, computer vision scientists, deep learning scientists, and machine learning systems engineers.

The Super Committee's Two Failures

Harvard Business Review

In business, that is often the incentive system. Re-engineer incentives. The bank could easily have re-engineered the incentives for the cross-selling project: reward each division for hitting the combined new sales of life insurance and brokerage to the targeted customer base. Sadly, the bank never got around to changing the incentives; no one helped each other cross-sell, and the project was deemed a failure and shut down.