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Stefan Ries on SAP’s Most Comprehensive Workforce Skills Upgrade

HR Digest

SAP SE Executive Board Member and Chief Human Resources Officer, Stefan Ries explains how he is utilizing AI and Big Data to advance HR analytics as the foundations for a successful global future. Stefan Ries: Many individuals with autism spectrum disorders are well-educated and have valuable skills to contribute in the workplace.

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The 5 Whys

Harvard Business Review

Eric Ries , entrepreneur-in-residence at Harvard Business School, explains how to find the human causes of technical problems.

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How GE Applies Lean Startup Practices

Harvard Business Review

It’s a framework for entrepreneurs, building on “The Lean Startup” by Eric Ries. There is a lot at stake here for GE’s operations strategy. According to their 2013 Year-in-Review, in the first year, Ries trained 80 coaches exclusively dedicated to FastWorks. General Electric Operations Strategy' and compete successfully.

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Why GE’s Jeff Immelt Lost His Job: Disruption and Activist Investors

Harvard Business Review

In his Harvard Business Review article summing up his tenure, Immelt recalls that the two things that influenced him most were Marc Andreessen’s 2011 Wall Street Journal article “ Why Software Is Eating the World ” and Eric Ries’s book The Lean Startup. Increase operating margins to 18% (by cutting expenses).

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How GE Stays Young

Harvard Business Review

Under CEO Jack Welch in the 1980s and 1990s, they adopted operational efficiency approaches (“ Workout ,” “Six Sigma,” and “Lean”) that reinforced their success and that many companies emulated. General Electric Operations' GE is an icon of management best practices. They have branded it “FastWorks.”

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How Big Companies Should Innovate

Harvard Business Review

They're bad at innovation by design: All the pressures and processes that drive them toward a profitable, efficient operation tend to get in the way of developing the innovations that can actually transform the business. The constant need to drive towards operational efficiency can be avoided through the creation of new organizations.

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Build Your Brand as a Relationship

Harvard Business Review

Al Ries and Jack Trout capture the essence of this model in their classic book Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind. For example, in the hospitality industry most brands operate with the roles of host/guest. In the taxi and livery industry, cabs and limo services have operated with the roles of driver/passenger.

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