How Banks Should Finance the Social Sector

Harvard Business Review

Most traditional financial intermediaries, like banks, are focused on short-term returns and deem unsecured lending to charities and social enterprises to be too risky. If financing is offered by a bank, the terms are often too onerous. Finance Social enterprise SRI

Turning The Tables On Your Failing Business

Strategy Driven

The sad fact of the matter is that no business is guaranteed long-term success. Often, these difficult periods are caused by bad business conditions such as low sales, a lack of morale, low funds, and the loss of innovation and dedication. Focus on finance.

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The Problem with the Profit Motive in Finance

Harvard Business Review

Executive compensation has been reformed significantly to align with long-term performance. It was an event packed with prominent people who work (or worked) in finance, but seem to come from a different, more genteel world than the bulk of modern Wall Street: Bogle, Swensen, former Fed chairman Paul Volcker, former TIAA-CREF CEO John Biggs. leaving long-time archrival Fidelity in the dust. It drives hard work, innovation, and the success of the capitalist system.

5 Areas I Have Micromanaged in Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

It’s not easy work and it’s not easy for a church to continue to thrive that long. I began with a keen sense that some things were vital to our success long-term. As with most churches in need of revitalization, our finances had been struggling for several years.

5 Areas I Micromanaged in Church Revitalization

Ron Edmondson

It’s not easy for a church to continue to thrive this long. I began with a keen sense some things were vital to our success long-term. After we do something long enough it becomes habit and we can’t even see it needs to be changed.).

How the U.S. Can Rebuild Its Capacity to Innovate

Harvard Business Review

firms have long had a simple mantra: “Invent here, manufacture there.” From automotive to semiconductors to pharma to clean energy , America’s innovation centers have shifted east, offering growing evidence that the U.S. Jetta Productions/Getty Images. Many U.S.

Analysts Want You to Innovate, Except When They Don’t

Harvard Business Review

Investment analysts love innovation. They greatly admire companies that come up with breakthrough ideas and talk about them in glowing terms, boosting their market valuation. So in theory, at least, they want your company to innovate. In fact, they want you to innovate.

Stock Buybacks Aren’t Hurting Innovation

Harvard Business Review

These stock buybacks have come under criticism as a bad investment – the argument being that companies sitting on record amounts of cash ought to invest in innovation, salaries, or at least dividends, rather than pumping up their own stock price through buybacks.

Private Equity Can Make Firms More Innovative

Harvard Business Review

And a recent working paper out of the Dusseldorf Institute for Competition Economics ( DICE ), a think tank of sorts, focuses on the latter by exploring whether leveraged buyouts (LBOs) make firms more innovative. PE investors don’t typically invest in firms known for innovation.

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Innovating Around a Bureaucracy

Harvard Business Review

What do you do if you're a leader in a large, successful organization with an entrenched bureaucracy, and you see the need for innovation? Change management Government Innovation IRS

When Treating Workers Well Leads to More Innovation

Harvard Business Review

There’s a reason companies like Google and Facebook offer their employees so many perks, according to new research: firms that treat workers better are more innovative. This is not the first paper to connect the interests of workers with innovation. and abroad on innovation.

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.

5 Lessons from an Office on the Edge

Mills Scofield

Every time I have assigned someone a task, rather than taking it on myself, the net effect – short-term, long-term, or both – is decidedly positive. We have to innovate, test, fail, and try again, in order to ensure a true impact on such a societal problem.

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HP Headed to Hotel California?

Women on Business

The HP Board of Directors has to be focused on prevention and good business practices to build a long term strategy. that focuses on customers and innovation. HP has made some controversial decisions lately, but is Meg Whitman a great strategic move or the kiss of death for this once great tech company? HP announced Whitman’s appointment on September 22, 2011 but given the public comments, customers seem to think it’s a bad choice.

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Going Through The Motions

What Do You Want From Them

Simply Boring My accounting professor once told me to finance long-term debt long-term and pay for short-term stuff with short-term assets. Universal Picture I started watching an episode of Naked Science about Killer Asteroids last night.

How to Hand Off an Innovation Project from One Team to Another

Harvard Business Review

That fear drives their companies to invest millions into coming up with breakthrough innovations. If innovation projects are going to succeed, they’ll need to survive a handoff from an innovation team to an execution team. Innovation Digital Article

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. The data in the graph above demonstrate the link between innovation, bureaucracy, and uncertainty.

The Cardinal Sins of Innovation Policy

Harvard Business Review

It happens every time there’s a big announcement about a national or regional innovation policy that will lead us into the future: We are presented with schemes to strengthen intellectual property rights, enlarge the pool of risk financing, and upgrade the universities while pushing them to collaborate more with industry. Why should a specific place — a region, a city, or even a country — want to have an innovation policy? Innovation needs risk taking and grand visions.

What SpaceX Can Teach Us About Cost Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Initially when the start-up''s founder, serial entrepreneur Elon Musk, looked at the space industry, he faced a quandary about where to innovate, given the restrictions and mandatory performance criteria for space travel. But shortsightedness can lead to long-term problems.

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4 Ways Leaders Can Get More from Their Company’s Innovation Efforts

Harvard Business Review

A recent McKinsey report found that while 84% of corporate executives think innovation is key to achieving growth objectives, only 6% are satisfied with the innovation performance of their firm. One reason for the paltry performance is that while other business areas, like sales or finance, are considered to be core functions, innovation is often considered to be something that’s “nice to have” rather than essential. Innovation Digital Article

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Green Bonds Benefit Companies, Investors, and the Planet

Harvard Business Review

The past five years have seen explosive growth in “corporate green bonds” issued to finance climate-friendly projects. increase in long-term value, measured by the ratio of the firm’s market value to the book value of its assets.

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Many CEOs Aren’t Breakthrough Innovators (and That’s OK)

Harvard Business Review

Innovation is widely regarded as important to long-term business performance. We’ve found that CEOs of big pharmaceutical companies, for example, are more likely to have a background as company lawyers, salespeople, or finance managers, than one in medicine or pharmaceutical R&D. So, to achieve higher performance, should company boards and investors choose CEOs with the expertise that would better qualify them to lead innovation?

Performance Measurement

Strategy Driven

Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance by Tim Koller. While you can find numerous books focused on the topic of corporate finance, few offer the type of information managers need to help them make important decisions day in and day out.

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The CEO of Children’s National Health System on Leadership, Innovation, and Delivering Specialized Care

Harvard Business Review

Kurt Newman became a pediatric surgeon because he was attracted to the innovative culture and the extraordinary variety of problems doctors encounter at children’s hospitals, as well as the dramatic recoveries children can make. The payback is so meaningful that it draws people who are creative and innovative and thinking differently. There’s a lot of evidence that supports early intervention and avoiding long-term costs.

Three Key Strategies Any Business Can Adopt in 2016 to Boost Profitability

Strategy Driven

If you exceedingly go above and beyond for your customers, establish a relationship, and engage them, they will remain long-term customers, and even send more business your way. Drive Innovation. You must be able to adapt to the ever-changing market and create new products and services based on consumers’ demands and finances. In an ever-changing, dynamic market, businesses must be able to brand themselves as unique by constantly innovating.

Who’s Better at Strategy: CFOs or CSOs?

Harvard Business Review

First, the finance chief is often first among equals on the board of directors and can help engage the board more productively on strategy. Working together, finance and strategy executives can forge better links between resource allocation and strategic goals.

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Loyalty vs. Tenure | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Ask yourself this question…Who is more loyal; an employee who has been with the company a long time but is an under-performer, or a less tenured employee who always goes the extra mile and consistently exceeds expectations?

The Heart of a Warrior

N2Growth Blog

Regardless of whether or not they have served in the military, today’s business leaders would be well served to possess the characteristics of a warrior in their pursuit to achieve sustainable growth and long-term success.

Does a Personal Brand Matter?

Leading Strategies

For example, if someone cannot manage personal finances before winning the lottery, it is a safe bet that same person will do no better after hitting the jackpot. Just remember to measure the results against the medium-to-long term as well as the immediate.

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The Big Picture of Business – Business Success Checklist

Strategy Driven

It is important to identify swings and trends so that innovation can remain a strength of your business. Long-term investments plan is annually updated, with realistic, measurable goals. Strategic Plan includes provisions for refinancing, equity and debt financing. Finance charges are negotiated. When you own and operate a business you need to have certain procedures for an efficient and seamless function.

Humility and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

In today’ post I’ll share my thoughts on the value of learning to become a humble leader… It’s been said that life is a long lesson in humility. At the same time I personally feel its a long way to go to see the environment what has been discussed in the article.

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Confidence vs. Arrogance | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

While confidence can be mistaken for arrogance, and vice-versa, they are clearly not interchangeable terms.

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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. In a memorable, hour-long PBS interview with Charlie Rose during the 2008 crisis, Buffet gave a master class in how the world got into its economic mess and what we can learn from it.

How Dumb Is Your Business?

N2Growth Blog

Talent is clearly a plus as long as it is a value add and not a business requirement. If your company’s long-term business plan requires the acquisition, or retention of the uber employee then your business not only has a risk management issue, but it is likely not scalable.

How to Launch a Product Like a Rock Star

Strategy Driven

Most companies, whether start-ups or long-time players live in a world shaped by the laws of demand where low pricing can trump quality, and where targeted marketing, carefully crafted keywords, and social media engineering can build awareness, influence opinion, and generate sales.

Workplace Gossip | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If you want to be a long-term survivor in business I would suggest that you not participate in gossip and get rid of those that do.

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Should CEOs Have Term Limits? | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

Posted on July 7th, 2010 by admin in Leadership , Operations & Strategy , Rants By Mike Myatt , Chief Strategy Officer, N2growth I have read some interesting articles and blog posts of late on the subject of CEO term limits, and felt this topic worthy of discussion.

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How the Insurance Industry Can Push Us to Prepare for Climate Change

Harvard Business Review

But the emerging challenge of reducing risk exposure for coastal residents creates new opportunities for firms that can innovate and provide new solutions. Innovations in spatial sciences, combined with big data, raise the possibility of the insurance industry introducing innovative pricing strategies that induce private real estate owners and local governments to take efforts that together yield a more resilient real estate capital stock.

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The Top Five Dashboards Every CFO Should Review Daily

The Kini Group

Finance executives need to monitor so many metrics. Short-term unprofitable discounts can quickly morph into long-term margin leaks and become major issues. Earlier this week, a friend of mine made a joke about how CFOs seem to be responsible for everything these days.

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How Amazon Trained Its Investors to Behave

Harvard Business Review

And while it has certainly burned many buyers of Amazon shares through the years — Amazon's stock price took a decade to get back to its 2009 peak — the long-run returns have been spectacular. Hansen, Herminia Ibarra, and Urs Peyer latest ranking of long-run CEO performance in HBR , Amazon's Jeff Bezos now ranks No. Clayton Christensen has long complained that standard financial metrics can be enemies of innovation and growth. Finance Innovation Strategy

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Love and Leadership | N2Growth Blog

N2Growth Blog

If a leader’s primary obligation is for the care and well being of those under their charge, then I would suggest that you cannot be an effective leader over the long-term without love, compassion and empathy.

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Google's Stock-split Plan Would Replace Stewardship with Dictatorship

Harvard Business Review

But the founders' passionate advocacy of the need to follow a "long-term, innovative approach" resonated with me. Given my sympathy for the "long-term, innovative approach" elucidated by Google in 2004, why am I so opposed to its plan to issue non-voting stock? to give long-term shareholders greater voting power? First, no one has seriously advocated completely disenfranchising short-term shareholders in terms of voting rights.

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How Banks Can Compete Against an Army of Fintech Startups

Harvard Business Review

Moreover, in instances where borrowers want to shop and compare myriad options in one place, they turn to online credit brokers like Fundera or Intuit’s QuickBooks Financing for a one-stop shopping experience. Two of the four options are low-integration strategies in which banks contract for new digital activities in arms-length agreements, or pursue long-term corporate investments in separate emerging companies.