How I Discovered My Leadership Secret Weapon

Terry Starbucker

Note: This is the 4rd installment of excerpts from my book manuscript of “More Human: A Journey To The Heart Of Great Leadership”. . It was a marker I could meaningfully connect to a higher purpose of employee happiness -one of the key principles of More Human Leadership. Leadership

Three Ways Leaders Can Improve Decision Making

Lead Change Blog

In 2007, the company had a market cap of USD303 billion and manufactured four in ten of every mobile phone purchased. However, within five years the company lost 90% of its market share to Apple after the launch of the iPhone. The little-known fact is that Nokia had invested USD40 billion into creating a similar style iPhone device with color touchscreens, maps and shopping but the product never hit the shelves as management thought it would not have mass market appeal.

Corporate Entrepreneurship: Turn Irony into Opportunity

In the CEO Afterlife

Corporate giants dominated markets and gobbled up competitors; along the way they failed to cope with rapid change. The brain viewed the masses below it as the muscle. (This post first appeared on the Ryerson University Alumni Blog) .

The 5 Habits of Mind that Self-Made Billionaires Possess

Leading Blog

Imagine what Atari might have achieved if Steve Jobs had stayed there to develop the first mass market personal computer. Focusing on the competencies of today is exactly what causes companies to get stuck in the markets they serve and the products they deliver now, with little eye for the shifts and innovation they will need for tomorrow. Leadership Partnership. Self-made billionaires think differently than most of us do.

The Entrepreneurial Corporation: Oxymoron? | In the CEO Afterlife

In the CEO Afterlife

Leadership. by John • April 4, 2011 • Leadership , Strategy • 0 Comments. The giants dominated markets and gobbled up competitors; they also failed to cope with rapid change. The brain also considered the masses below them, the muscle. Leadership.

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Why Dominating Your Category Can Be a Flawed Strategy

Harvard Business Review

Of the many contributions Jack Welch has made to business wisdom, one of his most famous was “Be #1 or #2 in every market.” General Mills actually grew from #2 to #1 in market share the last few years. ” The first problem is it encourages managers to focus most of their attention on market share and not enough on the category itself. Being number one in a declining market isn’t a great place to be. steven moore for hbr.

The More Experience You Have, the Worse You Are at Bootstrapping

Harvard Business Review

Studying 837 mass-market movies released between 1996 and 2003, they collected data on the movies’ producers and their prior experience. Leadership Managing people Leading teams Article

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What U.S. CEOs Can Learn from GM’s India Failure

Harvard Business Review

Like its American compatriot Ford Motor Company , GM’s market share in India has always been in the single digits, but recently Ford has reported rising monthly sales of 36% in India. 1 — Consistent Leadership Over Time Matters in This Market. Having local autonomy is key to succeeding in India, since its market structure is fundamentally different from the West’s and therefore demands extreme customization.

Don't Draw the Wrong Lessons from Better Place's Bust

Harvard Business Review

Its approach was the first to align the key actors in the ecosystem in a way that addressed the critical shortcomings — range, resale value, grid capacity — that undermine the electric car as a mass-market proposition. Note to Tesla owners: you are not the mass market). Since resale value ranks high for mass market buyers, this has all the makings of a deal breaker. A small number, but these are also small markets.

Does Your Company Come Across as Too Male?

Harvard Business Review

He had no idea that the ad they’d just run to launch their latest mass-market device was so completely male-oriented. But since the most senior leadership teams are male-dominated, a lot of what happens in companies ends up reflecting that, including how they look and sound.

VW’s Board Needed More Outsiders

Harvard Business Review

With a strong, competent, and independent chair able to step in and assume responsibility (and possibly act as interim CEO), a company in a crisis that destroys its leadership is better placed to navigate the storm. Hayward’s leadership had contributed to BP underplaying safety its U.S.

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IBM at 100: How to Outlast Depression, War, and Competition

Harvard Business Review

At its 100-year milestone, IBM shows us what it takes to outlast depression, war, and intense competition in order to remain a market leader in the midst of ongoing technological innovation. By 1955, IBM's revenues were $564 million and it led the world market in making computers. This innovation came to market in 1964 and quickly became a smash success, setting the standard for the industry and greatly expanding computer use around the globe.

Why Is Capital Afraid of Cities?

Harvard Business Review

This post is part of a three-week series exploring the re-invention of the social infrastructure of cities, published in partnership with the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. Making the case for investments that produce social impact as well as market returns is not a discussion most executive directors want to have with their board — or their financial stewards on Wall Street. Find out more about the Advanced Leadership Initiative.

When to Make a Promise to Your Boss (and When Not To)

Harvard Business Review

Not Good at All Google Finally Discloses Its Diversity Record, and It’s Not Good PBS NewsHour Google released its global workforce numbers, revealing that 70% of its employees are men, a number that increases to 83% and 79% if you look only at tech jobs and leadership roles. Maybe even cleverer is the market that Leo Burnett targeted to introduce it — a group with a strong need (and a perfect opportunity) to socialize: college freshmen.

To Stay Ahead of Disruption's Curve, Follow Lead Users

Harvard Business Review

Unfortunately, however, customers for firms serving the mass market, by definition, have largely of middle-of-the-road needs. They are not "lead users" — users who today want new solutions to leading-edge needs that will disrupt firms serving the middle of the market tomorrow. In other words, they are user innovators — religiously — and their needs are ahead of the market.

Making Room for Reflection Is a Strategic Imperative

Harvard Business Review

The most disruptive, unforeseen, and just plain awesome breakthroughs, that reimagine, reinvent, and reconceive a product, a company, a market, an industry, or perhaps even an entire economy rarely come from the single-minded pursuit of the busier and busier busywork of "business." Cross-functionalizing the marketing mix to drive incremental revenue generation opportunities" isnt reflection (and heaven knows few breakthroughs ever lie down that path ).