Making Time For Time

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Time is a non-renewable resource; a fixed asset. We must invest our time in these four dimensions of leadership: Invest In Time To Be Strategic. The heart of leadership is inspiration and influence; the words and actions that flow from our values express our character and motivation. The trust you place in your team amplifies your leadership, and enables you to lead well. I grew up in a home full of reminders of the brevity of time.

Lead with a Coherent Strategy

Coaching Tip

Bringing on more fixed assets, instead of building market-leading capabilities. Books Business Coaching Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Leadership booz & company capabilities driven cesare mainardi coherent competitive advantage leadership brand market presence paul leinwand right to win thetfordBy Guest Authors from Booz & Company : Partner, Paul Leinwand and Managing Director, Cesare Mainardi .


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How Likely Is Your Industry to Be Disrupted? This 2×2 Matrix Will Tell You

Harvard Business

Previously strong barriers to entry have perished; fixed assets such as car fleets, hotels, bank branches, and landline infrastructure have become weaknesses. This means taking steps to both maintain cost leadership in their core business while also running extensive experiments to increase relevance — for example, by making key offerings not only cheaper but also better for their customers. One way is by reducing dependence on fixed assets.

When a Country is Facing Political and Human Rights Issues, Should Businesses Leave or Stay?

Harvard Business

“Our clients had left, and our leadership – mostly expats – went to Colombia.” For a services firm, De Maeseneire said, the calculation is different than for a manufacturer: services firms have fewer fixed assets to look after, and their clients often are fellow multinationals. Steve Bronstein/Getty Images.

The Three Decisions You Need to Own

Harvard Business Review

At many companies the total cash investment in acquisitions, R&D, and fixed assets has not earned back its cost of capital after adjusting for the time lag in realizing incremental benefits. Decision making Leadership CEOs face countless decisions. The best executives understand which ones they need to focus on and which ones they can delegate.

Recommended Resources – An Interview with Paul Leinwand and Cesare Mainardi, authors of The Essential Advantage

Strategy Driven

PL and CM: Most companies look outside to adjacent markets for growth and invest in assets to exploit those opportunities. And, invariably, you invest in assets. These choices historically conferred advantage – first-mover, scale – but asset-based scale advantages have diminished in recent years, thanks to technology, cheap information, and outsourcing. As the intrinsic value of assets diminishes, the competitive value of capabilities will only grow.

In Beijing and Washington, Business as Usual

Harvard Business Review

Those among China's leadership elites who feared chaos in this transition will be relieved; those who had hoped that the events of the last year might offer the prospect of political reform will be disappointed. Will Zhang Gaoli, as overseer of the economy, continue China's fixation on fixed-asset investment? Last week the United States held a hotly contested election that demonstrated the challenges and strengths of the American political system.

Say “No” to Innovation-in-General

Harvard Business Review

But as we accept that leadership comes in many forms, from managing crises to coaching employees, we need to do the same when it comes to innovation. It’s the continuous technological innovations that will exploit your fixed asset base. I had just arrived at a conference on entrepreneurship and the only panel I wanted to see was starting. I looked down at my watch and realized that I was already 5 minutes late so I dropped my bags and ran to the next building.

The Three Reforms China Must Enact: Land, Social Services, and Taxes

Harvard Business Review

China’s global economic power continues to grow, yet the decision-making dynamics of its top leadership remain a mystery. Failure to present a groundbreaking new vision risks leaving in place old economic drivers, especially the over-reliance on fixed-asset investment, that have created serious challenges such as China’s “ghost cities” and high levels of local government debt.

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