Breaking Through | A New Frontier of Technology and Innovation

N2Growth Blog

We are witnessing the creation of an entirely new paradigm, a fierce wave of technological innovation boosting generations of new businesses and business leaders. The pace of technological applications and innovations has increased significantly in recent years.

How Digital Process Innovation Can Influence Organisational Change In The Finance Sector

Strategy Driven

The finance sector as we know it is being transformed by new technology. Digital innovation is everywhere, from Big Data to risk management software, and it’s all coming to change in the way that the sector is organised and run. This is just one example of how digital processes can be used to streamline regulatory and financial resources, and so we’ve taken a closer look at the impact digital process innovation is having on financial organisations around the world.

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Capital vs. Influence

N2Growth Blog

I have watched entrepreneurs and executives initially trivialize the value of influence in a capital transaction, only to regret it down the road. Savvy CEOs simply aren’t in a rush to close the deal and secure the funding if it means sacrificing knowledge, experience and influence. I have long held that the influence a capital partner brings to the table is significantly more valuable than their funding in the grand scheme of things.

Social Media Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While anyone can have a social media presence, not everyone possesses social media influence. You might have something to say, but without influence, nobody will be listening. Put simply, having a social media presence without influence is little more than an exercise in frivolity. In today’s post I’ll share some thoughts on the importance of social media influence in the building of personal and corporate brand equity. Social Media Influence [.]

How To Create Lasting Influence | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Understanding how to leverage the influence factor can make a defining difference in your ability to drive change, build cohesive teams, and to successfully implement strategic vision. As a leader your “Influence Quotient” is the IQ you need to pay attention to. In fact, your influence quotient will be a much greater determinant of your ultimate success than your “Intelligence Quotient” could ever be. With authority comes credibility, and with credibility comes influence.

Leadership & Influence Summit | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Registration for this free online event will not only give you access to my video, but also presentations featuring some of today’s leading influencers. How about a discussion on what leaders can do to inspire cultural innovation. You make an excellent case for cultural innovation and leadership. This topic has deeply impacted me in recent years: "defining moments" with respect to leadership influence.

6 Rules for Defense Start-Up Innovators

Strategy Driven

For years now, huge corporations such as British Aerospace Engineering and Raytheon have completely dominated the market and swooped in to poach promising innovators. Try not to get carried away with too broad a range of innovations. Innovate in Information Defense.

Innovation in Complex Civic Environments

Mills Scofield

Chris is one of the most passionate people I know about innovating in the civic space where government, non-profit and for-profit intersect. Many of us who work in the civic arena – that wonderful yet perplexing place where the public, private, philanthropic and nonprofit worlds intersect – are frustrated by the lack of innovation that results in sustained positive change. As Michael Porter has said, “Innovation is the central issue in economic prosperity.”

Ideas Don't Equal Innovation | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

As a result of our conversation, I decided to dust-off an old post, give it a few updates, and pass along my thoughts, which can be best summarized as “ Ideas Don’t Equal Innovation. Those of you familiar with my work are probably wondering if it is really me authoring this text…if you’re baffled at how a champion of innovation can simultaneously be an idea-basher, I urge you to read on, and I promise the congruity will become apparent.

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When a CFO’s “Head In The Cloud” Is a Good Thing

N2Growth Blog

Having a CFO with a “head in the cloud” might be a good thing if we’re talking about cloud computing, cognitive technologies, and AI that has significantly influenced this role.

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6 Essential Skills for Future Leaders

Career Advancement

For example, in the HR field, you could focus on compliance or succession planning , or if you work in finance, you could study healthcare accounting. A propensity for developing innovative new ideas and taking strategic risks will also differentiate leaders from the rest of the crowd.

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April 2021 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

Stephanie Skryzowski of 100 Degrees Consulting provided How to Create a Monthly Finance Routine. Stephanie shares: “ In this post of the 100 Degrees of Entrepreneurship Podcast I’m sharing the monthly finance routine you can use to grow your business and your bottom line. We’ll explore the reasons you really need a finance routine and how it can be both a measure of progress and a crystal ball into your business’ financial future.

Great Leaders Leverage Great Messaging | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Let me be clear that I’m not talking about form over substance here…They simply understood how to message their shortcomings and flaws, while engendering confidence around their planning for corrective measures to critical spheres of influence. The Messenger “is&# the Message : This is the branded approach to messaging…If the person delivering the message has enough credibility and influence, nothing else matters.

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2013 Top Professors on Twitter

LDRLB

Below you’ll find who we feel are the 2013 top 50 professors on twitter, broken into lists around leadership, innovation, and strategy, as well as five at-large professors. Wharton School of Finance. Innovation. If you’re wondering about order, we opted to use Klout scores in lieu of follower count in the hopes that it rewarded professors who focus their influence on smaller fields as much as the top thought leaders.

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4 Breakthrough Leadership Strategies for 2013

LDRLB

It’s usually an individual endeavor focused on fitness, friendships, or finances. 2013 represents a great opportunity to leapfrog our mental models and innovate our way to breakthroughs for ourselves, our teams, our organizations and, of course, our customers. Breakthrough innovation isn’t much different; there are no maps for uncharted territory. Strategy #4: Savor Surprise – The unexpected is a natural part of innovation.

The Making of an Innovation Master

Harvard Business Review

A workshop attendee asked me this seemingly simple question: "So, what else should I read to learn more about innovation?". But in thinking it through, I did eventually end up with a highly personal list I call " The Masters of Innovation " (which appears in my latest book ). Michael Mauboussin doesn't write about innovation, but his clear writing that blends finance, strategy, and psychology puts him on my list. Innovation

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If Greece Embraces Uncertainty, Innovation Will Follow

Harvard Business Review

Many politicians and commentators mention two critical factors in accomplishing this: increasing innovative capacity and reducing bureaucracy. Both are important, but they are far more difficult to achieve than many understand because they are, to a significant extent, influenced by culture. Second, bureaucracy, laws, and rules exert particular influence in Greece because they help make life more structured and less uncertain.

The Top Six Innovation Ideas of 2011

Harvard Business Review

These six ideas emerged in 2010 as powerful "innovation invitations" and seem sure to intensify in power and influence. They'll increasingly be a source of, and resource for, innovation differentiation in 2011, if not for your organization, then for the firm you most dread competing against. Whether Google Demo Slam or Sprint's App Competition , digital media has become an innovation battleground for customers, clients, prospective partners, and young talent.

Eight Communication Traps That Foil Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Most leaders are interested in growing their businesses through innovation, but it's risky business: most innovation efforts fail. After years of helping to make innovation happen as chief communications officer at Steelcase and as a consultant, I have a point of view that I'm willing to bet on. Innovative ideas, initiatives, products, culture transformations, you name it, have little chance to succeed if they aren't enabled by smart communications.

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Startups That Seek to “Disrupt” Get More Funding Than Those That Seek to “Build”

Harvard Business

Since its HBR debut in 1995, the concept of disruptive innovation —the process by which a smaller company with limited resources is able to launch a product or service that displaces established competitors—has been extensively incorporated into startup vernacular. One example of a LinkedIn profile for a disrupter reads as, Passionate data-driven disrupter and innovator who loves helping fast-growing companies excel. HBR Staff.

Design Matters

N2Growth Blog

Whether it is aesthetic, functional, creative, process, innovative, intellectual, technical or applicational…design matters. The iPod pioneered innovative design in the mp3 player vertical with great technical design, outstanding functional design, and is in a class by itself with regard to aesthetic design. You are absolutely correct that design influences perception, and perception impacts brand.

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5 Lessons from an Office on the Edge

Mills Scofield

But behind a simple problem are often complex influencers that necessitate sophisticated solutions. We have to innovate, test, fail, and try again, in order to ensure a true impact on such a societal problem. As Executive Director, he is responsible for crafting Mali Health’s strategic vision, communications, programs, financing, and fundraising.

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July 2019 Leadership Development Carnival

Lead Change Blog

What about in your finances, or in your relationships? Too many commentators (whether authors, consultants, and business people) refer to leadership being a process of using power to influence how others think and act. Laura Schroeder of Working Girl contributed Alchemy: The Secret to Leading Innovative Teams. Welcome to the July Leadership Development Carnival.

The Best Leadership Books of 2016

Leading Blog

In this uncertain environment, including the mounting global economic concerns, a humble mindset will be the only thing that will unlock the most promising business, social and economic innovations. Anyone can innovate if given the opportunity and the support. The Three-Box Solution : A Strategy for Leading Innovation by Vijay Govindarajan Ultimately our future is not in linear—incremental—improvements.

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9 Ways to Challenge Your Assumptions

Lead Change Blog

There is a silent, guiding force in your life that has more influence than you can imagine. Would the researchers agree they can deliver the innovation on time? Would the finance person agree that your investment will generate acceptable returns? We instinctively know the impact that friends and family have on how we live our lives. We know how powerful our dreams and aspirations can be for affecting how we carry on.

Could HR be the most data driven function?

HR Digest

If you analyze functions like finance, IT, and marketing you will find common drivers of success. Innovation in talent management and workforce panning strategies is required to help companies make profits again. Corporate Innovation.

Best Leadership Blogs 2010 | N2Growth Blog

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But My Business Is Different… | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In today’s post I’ll share why most businesses have far more in common than most executives and entrepreneurs care to admit… Marketing, Branding, Leadership, Sales, PR, Advertising, Business Development, Operations, Administration, Finance, Accounting, Information Technology, Human Resources, Innovation and the list goes on…These functional areas are representative of things that all businesses must pay attention to.

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How to Build Leadership Skills When You’re Not A Leader

LDRLB

Madison writes for various outlets on finance and management.]. Innovative. Ability to inspire and influence. Don’t discount the fact that as an indirect result of possessing exemplary characteristics, you will inspire and influence others as well as change the perceptions others’ have of you. [Editor's Note: This is a guest post from Madison Davis. Proactive. Ambitious. Assertive.

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What 11 CEOs Have Learned About Championing Diversity

Harvard Business

Diversity can boost innovation and employee engagement , and companies with greater gender and racial diversity financially outperform their peers. Yet progress within organizations has been slow – there is still a lack of women and minorities in leadership positions, and certain industries like tech and finance are lacking diversity at all levels. Diversity Influence Motivating people Talent management Digital ArticleThe business case for diversity is clear.

Loyalty vs. Tenure | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Tenure Inhibits Change and Cripples Innovation : Organizations that favor tenure also tend to be prone to majoring in the minors. All of these traits preclude the advancement of change initiatives and cripple innovation. Reward talent, innovation, loyalty, attitude, creativity, work ethic, contribution, and leadership ability…not tenure.

Toxic Work Environments | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Depending on your role and influence within the organization you may or may not be able to alter the circumstances in which case you have a tough choice to make – do you stay or do you go?

Disruptive Business Models | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Few things are more critical to your efforts in increasing your revenue growth and corporate sustainability than understanding the value of disruptive innovation. So why do so many established and often well managed companies struggle with disruptive innovation? My engagements with CEOs often focus on helping them to embrace change through disruptive innovation. When was the last time your business embraced change and did something innovative?

The Leadership Walk

N2Growth Blog

The Lost Art of Brevity | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In 140 characters or less, elections are influenced, news is being broken, relationships are being created and expanded, brands are being built, trust is being build, influence is being generated, and products & services are being sold. If you require one last example of the power of brevity let me ask you to examine the incredible influence that something as brief as a simple quote can have.

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Why Do Smart People Do Such Dumb Things?

Harvard Business Review

For years, those of us who study business innovation have been thrilled by the results and influence of Muhammad Yunus , Grameen Bank, and the idea that one powerful way to fight poverty is to make small loans to villagers (mainly women) who have tons of energy but no access to capital. First come the innovators, who see opportunities that others don't and champion new ideas that create genuine value. Then come the imitators, who copy what the innovators have done.

Drinking the Talent Kool-Aid | N2Growth Blog

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World Business Forum – Top 10 Speakers | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Lafley - The former Chairman and CEO of Proctor & Gamble gave a clinic on innovation. I’ve never heard anyone speak so fluently on the topic of innovation. I thought his most insightful and accurate comment was: “ Great innovators constantly disrupt themselves – It’s better to attack yourself on the innovation front than allow your competitors to do it.&# Joseph Grenny - Joe spoke about the need for, and power of influence.

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World Business Forum – Day 1 Recap | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

There was a lot more common thinking than critical, innovative thinking. Joseph Grenny was up next talking about influence and leadership. Of all the topics on the agenda I was most excited to hear what Joseph had to say about influence. I have found that influence is often misunderstood, frequently abused, and rarely leveraged to its full extent. Smart leaders leverage influencers by involving them in modeling, mentoring and coaching.

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The Heart of a Warrior

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Leadership & Initiative Overload | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

This is the definition of presence, and it is only when we operate in the present that real creativity, growth and innovation occur.

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Workplace Gossip | N2Growth Blog

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Efficient vs. Effective | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

At an organizational level have you focused so much on process improvements and incremental gains that you’ve failed to recognize opportunity and innovate?