Nicola Ries Taggart on Calming the Chaos

Roundtable Talk

Thanks to those who joined us for our Ask the Expert conversation with Nicola Ries Taggart, coach and creator of the Calm the Chaos journal and card deck.

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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: In 2017, SAP started a transformation of our Services & Support Business as we had learned that the demand for service and support for our customers has been changing. Stefan Ries: The old days of HR are over.

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Build a Brand – Not Just a Career

Women on Business

Guest Post by Laura Ries (learn more about Laura at the end of this article): Talk about “having it all.” ” That was 18 years ago and together we have built the Ries & Ries “marketing” brand, including the publication of five books on the subject. Laura Ries is a leading brand strategist, bestselling author, sought-after speaker and popular television personality. She is President of Ries & Ries based in Atlanta, GA.

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The Most Popular McKinsey Quarterly Articles: Second Quarter (2014)

First Friday Book Synopsis

Uncategorized Eric Ries Louis V. According to readers, these were the most popular articles during the Second Quarter of 2014. Here’s a direct link to reading any/all of them. Change leader, change thyself: Anyone who pulls the organization in new directions must look inward as well as outward. More to follow each, 1-10] 2. The seven traits of […].

The Lean Startup: A book review by Bob Morris

First Friday Book Synopsis

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses Eric Ries Crown Business (2011) “There is surely nothing quite so useless as doing with great efficiency what should not be done at all.”

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Ries & Trout Were Wrong: Brand Extensions Work

Harvard Business Review

I am deeply indebted to Al Ries and Jack Trout for advancing branding with their classic book, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind , in which they introduce the concept of positioning, defined as the brand perception residing in a person's mind. The risks that Ries and Trout describe are real but, in most contexts, they can be mitigated or removed entirely.

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The Tragic Fall from Specialist to Generalist: Starbucks, the Latest.

In the CEO Afterlife

Last week, legendary brand positioning expert Al Ries weighed in on Starbucks reported desire to move away from its powerful ‘specialist’ strategy. In the CEO Afterlife. Main menu Home. Leadership. Branding. The Tragic Fall from Specialist to Generalist: Starbucks, the Latest Victim. by John • June 6, 2011 • Leadership , Marketing , Strategy • 2 Comments.

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Before They Were Famous

First Friday Book Synopsis

Here is a blog post by my friend Tom Butler-Bowdon, author of the five volumes that comprise the 50 Classics series, published by Nicholas Brealey Publishing. * * * I’m delighted to be blogging for the new UK version of Huffington Post. Have a look at my latest post Before They Were Famous, which reveals [.].

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7 Steps to Getting Your Startup Story Right

Rajesh Setty

entrepreneurship Main Page amplify clarify eric ries gamify identify simplify solidify steve blank verify Reading about startups and trying to build one is like reading a book and jumping into the battleground to fight. Life in a startup is very different for those that are living in one of them and how it appears to someone from outside. That does not mean that there is no point in reading about startups.

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First Look: Leadership Books for October 2017

Leading Blog

The Startup Way : How Modern Companies Use Entrepreneurial Management to Transform Culture and Drive Long-Term Growth by Eric Ries. Here's a look at some of the best leadership books to be released in October. The Power of Moments : Why Certain Experiences Have Extraordinary Impact by Chip Heath and Dan Heath. The Anticipatory Organization : Turn Disruption and Change into Opportunity and Advantage by Daniel Burrus. Finding My Virginity by Richard Branson.

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From Drucker To The Lean Startup: The (Literary) Evolution of Leadership Philosophy

Terry Starbucker

The Lean Startup – by Eric Ries. I am pleased to present the first More Human Leadership Podcast , a new regular feature at Hosted by yours truly,this series will feature conversations with authors and thought leaders about my favorite topics: leadership and leadership philosophy.

Lean startup, lean company

Lead on Purpose

This definition comes from Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses. Ries gives a detailed personal example of this concept from his work at IMVU. Eric Ries does a great job of bringing out important theories and models that will help you succeed whether you’re starting a new company or creating new products at an established corporation. —.

0807 | How Successful Organizations Respond to Customers with Josh Seidan


Eric Ries called their most recent book, Sense & Respond , “A crucial framework for the modern world of business.” Josh Seiden is a designer who has spent most of his career working on the design of complex software applications and integrating design into the product development process.

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3 Storytelling Questions Most People Can’t Answer to Make a Connection

Lead Change Blog

Which is why most of us really suck at telling our sto­ries. My teenage son Matt had bonked a big test, part of his ongoing prob­lems with homework and tests. And I was pissed off beyond belief. I was done with the games. I told him “the party was %$#@! That I owned him now. That rules would be put in place to deal with this once and for all. Matt responded with typical witty bewilderment but seemed to understand things were a little different. And you know what?

A Dozen Lessons for Entrepreneurs

Leading Blog

What follows are some of the thoughts that resonated with me: Eric Ries: “The mistake isn’t releasing something bad. T REN GRIFFIN, who writes the well-read 25iq blog , has assembled a collection of insights for entrepreneurs from some of the most successful venture capitalists and coaches of business founders in the world.

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. Leadership Operations

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Wiki Brands - CEO Blog - Time Leadership

CEO Blog

Al Ries is one of my brand heros. CEO Blog - Time Leadership Monday, December 27, 2010 Wiki Brands According the the NY Time is a good season to forgive. I agree. Beautiful snow in NY today. Over a foot. Storm is mostly done now. Just blowing and digging out. The RuMe bags I gave for Christmas went over well. Good blog entry on them. I read an awesome and inspiring book - Wiki Brands - Reinventing Your Company in a Customer-driven Marketplace by Sean Moffitt and Mike Dover.

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White Gold: A Story of Persistence

RapidStart Leadership

Eric Ries Click To Tweet. With obstacles, frustrations and nay-sayers, how do you find the persistence you need to succeed? It’s one thing to have a great idea or an inspiring vision. Sticking with it until you are successful can be an entirely different matter. In this instant-gratification world, we can all learn a thing or two about persistence from the story of Samuel Platt and an unexpected discovery he made over 150 years ago. Trying to Cash In. It started with the oil boom.

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Celebrating 10 Powerful HR Leaders

HR Digest

Stefan Ries, Member of the Executive Board, SAP SE, Chief Human Resources Officer. Never have HR leaders had to handle so much change so rapidly. The modern economy demands transforming companies endlessly, necessitating profound changes in the workforce and talent strategy. These forces are reshaping the role of HR and putting pressure on the HR Executive to become much more than a game changer and the leader who enables business strategy.

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The New Psychology of Business Models

Ask Atma

for business models draws on the work of several very bright entrepreneurs and thinkers, including: Alex Osterwalder, Steve Blank, Eric Ries, and Ash Maurya. Eric Ries. Management 3.0 – a psychological shift. You have a great business idea but you are not sure how to develop it. Should you follow conventional wisdom and write-up a thirty-page business plan? In my management 3.0

The Right Way for an Established Firm to Do an Innovation Pilot with a Startup

Harvard Business

You’re probably familiar with the “minimum viable product” of Eric Ries’ Lean Start-Up fame; but here I’m talking about the acronymically identical “minimum viable pilot.” artpartner-images/Getty Images. For innovation-hungry legacy firms, partnering with a startup can be appealing. Relatively small sums of time and money can quickly yield generous returns.

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

Harvard Business

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. In response to Ries’s book , GE adopted lean methods and built its Fastworks program around them. YASUYOSHI CHIBA/Getty Images. Jeff Immelt ran GE for 16 years.

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Digital Pioneers on Paper

Harvard Business Review

Yet several of them — Seth Godin, Eric Ries, and Gary Vaynerchuk — have recently published traditional, paper books. The key: Godin, Ries, and Vaynerchuk are all practicing what they preach. Meanwhile, Eric Ries, is using his new book, The Lean Startup , to experiment with the marketing principles he espouses in its pages. Are books dead?

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Build Your Brand as a Relationship

Harvard Business

Al Ries and Jack Trout capture the essence of this model in their classic book Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind. The way we think about brands need to change. In the past, they were objects or concepts. You had a relationship with a brand. But in this social age, brands are the relationships. By defining a brand’s particular kind of relationship, companies can create greater engagement, differentiation, and loyalty.

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CEOs Should Think Like Founders, Not Just Managers

Harvard Business

As Eric Ries teaches in his books The Lean Startup and The Startup Way , productive failure entails moving forward quickly, understanding that you will be wrong part of the time, learning from your failures, and then using those learnings to correct course and move forward to success. TodUdom/iStock. In 2001 the list of companies with the highest market caps was dominated by blue chips.

Why Your Social Media Metrics Are a Waste of Time

Harvard Business Review

They're what Eric Ries, author of The Lean Startup , calls "vanity metrics.". That's what Ries calls an "engine of growth.". Seek out what Ries refers to as "actionable metrics." Many companies use the wrong metrics to measure their performance, especially when it comes to social media. I run a social-media company, and until recently even we were confused about what metrics mattered.

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The Barriers Big Companies Face When They Try to Act Like Lean Startups

Harvard Business

” Lean startup, popularized by writers and entrepreneurs like Eric Ries and Steve Blank, can deliver big benefits inside big companies. Ramazan Balay. It’d be hard to choose two words that feel less descriptive of life inside a large organization than “lean” and “startup.”

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Put Failure in Its Place

Harvard Business Review

It's about learning the right kind of lesson, or what Lean Startup guru Eric Ries describes as validated learning. Learning is the essential unit of progress for start-ups," writes Ries. You've started a company and it goes belly-up. Or you launched a new product and not only does it fail to sell, customers actually hate it. Or you get fired. What happens when you dare to dream, make that dream real, and then fail?

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Put Failure in Its Place

Harvard Business Review

It's about learning the right kind of lesson, or what Lean Startup guru Eric Ries describes as validated learning. Learning is the essential unit of progress for start-ups," writes Ries. You've started a company and it goes belly-up. Or you launched a new product and not only does it fail to sell, customers actually hate it. Or you get fired. What happens when you dare to dream, make that dream real, and then fail?

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Don't Let the Minimum Win Over the Viable

Harvard Business Review

The widespread adoption of Eric Ries 's work beyond Silicon Valley has been a godsend for innovators. At IDEO, we frequently refer to Ries's work to help clients understand approaches to innovation, and believe that we have identified a few helpful best practices that build on the approach defined in The Lean Startup. As Ries writes, some entrepreneurs hear "minimum viable" product as "smallest imaginable" product.

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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. According to their 2013 Year-in-Review, in the first year, Ries trained 80 coaches exclusively dedicated to FastWorks. GE is an ideal laboratory for applying Lean practices because of its scale,” Ries says. We are all lean now — or soon will be.

The Hidden Costs of Initial Coin Offerings

Harvard Business

This approach to structured experimentation from the entrepreneur’s perspective, popularized by Eric Ries’ The Lean Startup with concrete steps for how to de-risk the venture in the most capital efficient way , has been widely embraced as the gold standard for how to approach the commercialization of radical new ideas. Renee Comet/Getty Images.

The Making of an Innovation Master

Harvard Business Review

Eric Ries. Ries builds off the teaching of Innovation Master Steve Blank and urges entrepreneurs to "remove waste" from the creation of new businesses by being very scientific in the management of unknowns. A workshop attendee asked me this seemingly simple question: "So, what else should I read to learn more about innovation?". It's a hard question to answer because there is so much high-quality material out there.

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A Refresher on Discovery-Driven Planning

Harvard Business

After the original idea was published, in 1995, it was picked up by Steve Blank, and then by Eric Ries, and became the foundation of the lean startup movement. You’re working on a new venture and you know you’ve got to create a plan to execute it. So you look at past projects, gather and analyze relevant market data, make predictions about how much revenue you’ll be able to generate, decide what resources you’ll need, and set milestones to reach your targets. Right?

In Praise of Irrational Innovators

Harvard Business Review

As detailed by Steve Blank , Peter Sims , Eric Ries, and others, innovators should follow this mantra as well. I love my three young children immensely. So it's hard for me to be fully rational about them. Of course they are the smartest, the best looking, and the most athletic. I'm not alone — all parents are irrational. We lose sleep worrying about things we can't control and take pride in ridiculously small achievements we had nothing to do with.

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Five Things You Should Stop Doing in 2012

Harvard Business Review

As Eric Ries points out in his new book The Lean Startup , developing the best code or building the best product in the world is meaningless if your customers don't end up wanting it. I recently got back from a month's vacation — the longest I've ever taken, and a shocking indulgence for an American. Earlier this summer, I was still fretting about how to pull off two weeks unplugged.)

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Stop Believing That You Have to Be Perfect

Harvard Business Review

The goal, says Eric Ries of The Lean Startup fame, is to create a minimum viable product that you’ll fully expect to iterate over time. The value of failure has become a mantra in Silicon Valley, with the rise of events like FailCon , a conference “for startup founders to study their own and others’ failures and prepare for success.” Failure, the thinking goes, is an intense form of hands-on education that — when done right — enables you to learn quickly and grow.

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Become a Company That Questions Everything

Harvard Business Review

To encourage company-wide questioning, The Lean Startup ’s Eric Ries says, “It’s not about slogans or putting up posters on the wall — it’s about the systems and the incentives you create to promote the behavior.” Ries points out that at most companies, “the resources flow to the person with the most confident, best plan. Imagine you’re a bright, inquisitive person working for a company with long-established policies and work processes in place (or maybe you don’t have to).

Considering a Start-Up? Think Again.

Harvard Business Review

In The Lean Start-Up , Eric Ries talked about vanity metrics — numbers that create the illusion of success, rather than validate actual progress. It's been a banner year for start-ups. With the JOBS Act , the rise of international accelerators , the upcoming Facebook IPO , and the mind-blowing $1 billion Instagram acquisition , you can be sure that droves of young, ambitious founders will be jumping on the start-up bandwagon.

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Marketing Needs a New Metaphor

Harvard Business Review

One does not have to look any further than Al Ries and Jack Trout's bestseller, Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind. Last month, I learned what Dian Fossey must have felt like in Gorillas in the Mist , surrounded by mysterious creatures and unknown dangers, and yet compelled to edge ever closer. On my right in full costume was someone outfitted as an adorable, and somehow huggable, green hammerhead a dress. (I

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The Biggest Lie in Corporate America Is Phase 2

Harvard Business Review

As the team crept closer to the target response rate, they had built not only a consistent cadence of build-measure-learn (Eric Ries's Lean Startup validation cycle ) but a more collaborative process that used data, rather than subjective executive decree or completion of a random set of features, to determine their work and success. Software development is a frenzied decathlon of activity, constantly pressed on all sides by resource constraints, budgets and deadlines.

The Dangers of the Minimal Viable Product

Harvard Business Review

One of Blank's disciples, Eric Ries , turned his wildly popular Startup Lessons Learned blog into The Lean Startup , one of 2011's best business books. A movement originating from the United States' West Coast has sought to transform the creation of new businesses from an art to a science. The intellectual leader of the movement is Steve Blank , a serial entrepreneur who now teaches at Stanford and the University of California at Berkeley.

Measure Your Team’s Intellectual Diversity

Harvard Business Review

No one style is better than another, and each car­ries its own set of benefits to a collaborative discus­sion. Inventive thinking in a team setting is fueled by a blend of talents, skills, and traits that rarely all exist in a single person—such as an ability to see problems through fresh eyes, a knack for understanding a frustrated customer’s complaints, or a flair for turning a creative idea into a profitable innova­tion.

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