096: Bringing the Lean Startup into Your Organization: Leadership in the Age of Uncertainty | with Jeff Dyer

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Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. Perhaps it was an idea for a new product or service, or a process change to solve a complex problem. We love to know your thoughts about this episode.

Overcoming the Barriers to Corporate Entrepreneurship

Strategy Driven

On reflection, though, I find that the evidence does not support competitive advantage as a path to longevity. Yet when businesses try to implement entrepreneurial initiatives, these initiatives often fail. The most significant hurdle by far is resistance to change from within.

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Big Data In Your Shampoo?

Mills Scofield

This guest post by Amir Golan , VP of Business Development at Signals , shows how important it is to look for the small signals and patterns in big data that are easily lost. Fast forward to today. That is, the decision drives the data to be collected and the questions to be asked.

How Chinese Companies Disrupt Through Business Model Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Experts continue to debate whether Chinese businesses are truly disruptive. The American textile and apparel industries, for example, will tell you that the evidence can be found in the blood on the floor — their blood, on what used to be their floor.

A New Way for Entrepreneurs to Think About IT

Harvard Business Review

Entrepreneurs have historically taken one of two approaches to IT. They typically hire third parties to help them with IT and never make it part of their core business. Theirs is a “bricolage” approach to digital. It has several key benefits: Speeds time-to-market.

How HR Can Become Agile (and Why It Needs To)

Harvard Business Review

While initially designed to improve the responsiveness of software development teams, more recently agile has become the default team-based operational model for companies big and small, across industries and sectors, with the promise of a substantial and sustained spike in team productivity and efficiency. The bulk of this agile canon will teach your individual teams to deliver higher-quality code, faster. A Quick Introduction to Agile Management.

Lean Doesn’t Always Create the Best Products

Harvard Business Review

Not nearly enough attention has been paid to this question. As a practitioner of a design-led form of product development, and in my own research and writing about an empathetic approach to product design, I’m overtly critical of the Lean manifesto.

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Do You Have the IT For the Coming Digital Wave?

Harvard Business Review

With a tsunami of new digital technologies all converging simultaneously — social, mobile, cloud, analytics and embedded devices — there has been, once again, a cry for corporate IT to radically change to enable the digital transformation of businesses.

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Team Chemistry Is the New Holy Grail of Performance Analytics

Harvard Business Review

Makes teams better” is fast-becoming both an essential ingredient to getting hired and a mission-critical skill-set worth measuring. What combinatorial characteristics of high-performers empower everyone else to over-perform? But this was the first time attending the event where so many of the top-tier athletic luminaries—particularly coaches and managers—spoke so wistfully and ambitiously about the analytic alchemy that can turn teammates into champions.

How Corporate Values Get Hijacked and Misused

Harvard Business Review

What appears less common is their understanding of the destructive consequences of allowing that to happen. They reflexively grasp for the culture lever, assuming the act of crafting and publishing a set of values actually has the power to do something. People want their company’s values to be sacrosanct. The painful result of widespread misuse of company values, according to one major study , is that only 23% of U.S.

IT on Steroids: The Benefits (and Risks) of Accelerating Technology

Harvard Business Review

In 2008, RIM tried to match the new competitor. However, the new handset, its software, and the available applications all failed to excite critics and customers. When it comes to innovation in industries with strategically narrow windows of opportunities, speed is everything.

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3 Ways Leaders Undermine Cohesion by Trying to Create It

Harvard Business Review

When companies want to address fragmented cultures, they do some of the oddest things. Like new home owners who simply paint over rotted siding, executives take dangerously superficial approaches to unifying organizations, ignoring how splintered theirs really are.

A Tool for Balancing Your Company’s Digital Investments

Harvard Business Review

This situation exists because, believe it or not, a lot of organizations lack any mechanisms to help them actively manage the evaluation, selection, monitoring, and adjustment of digital investments to achieve clearly defined business results while meeting clear risk and return expectations. In essence, digital investments should be planned and managed according to their current and future contribution to business performance.

Building a Software Start-Up Inside GE

Harvard Business Review

Is your company ready to compete in a world of smart, connected products ? For some time now we’ve been living into a smarter world filled with Big Data and analytics, and a more connected one that’s been described as “ the internet of things.”

The Biggest Challenges of Data-Driven Manufacturing

Harvard Business Review

The widespread deployment of low-cost sensors and their connection to the internet has generated a great deal of excitement (and hype) about the future of manufacturing. But to get beyond the hype, managers need to understand some underlying challenges and paradigm shifts.

What BMW’s Corporate VC Offers That Regular Investors Can’t

Harvard Business Review

Gimmy’s task was clear but highly demanding: to reimagine the way BMW innovates. At the time, BMW had no dedicated, company-spanning unit to leverage the creative power of startups. To fill the void and build such a new BMW startup unit, Gimmy partnered with an experienced innovation manager from BMW, Matthias Meyer. From 2012 to 2015, the number of global corporate venture capital deals almost doubled, and their investments quadrupled, to $29.1

Feeling Stumped? Innovation Software Can Help

Harvard Business Review

Imagine a team at a ski company that's faced with a big problem: When skiers make sharp turns at high speeds, the edges of their skis lift from the snow, causing the skiers to sometimes lose control. The team needed to lessen the vibrations of its skis. In some violins, they discovered, there's a special layer — a metal grid — that helps to stabilize the instrument, and reduce unwanted vibrations. But for a long time they weren't easy to find.

What You Won’t Hear About Trade and Manufacturing on the Campaign Trail

Harvard Business Review

election year, presidential candidates in both parties have tied the loss of American manufacturing jobs to “unfair” trading practices and pacts such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). For my part, I think opposition to TPP is misdirected. In this U.S.

It’s Time for Episode-Based Health Care Spending

Harvard Business Review

There is widespread agreement that if the United States is to achieve sustainable levels of health care spending, it must make greater use of payment mechanisms that reward physicians, hospitals, and health systems for the results achieved. REBP is designed to change that.

The CEO's Frugal Innovation Agenda

Harvard Business Review

CEOs of large companies face a conundrum: they are confronted with a growing number of frugal consumers clamoring for affordable solutions, yet their existing corporate culture and incentive systems are designed to support a "bigger is better" business model — not to deliver more with less. As the Age of Austerity dawns, however, corporate leaders will have no choice: they will have to bite the bullet and infuse their organizations with a frugal mindset.

Welcome to the “Designed By Me” Era

Harvard Business Review

Since at least the early ’90s, we’ve been hearing that Mass Customization is going to change the consumer landscape, but by and large, we still buy manufactured goods the way we have since the middle of last century. Physical product customizers such as Nike iD and Moto Maker have earned strong customer followings, but they’re still closer to “designed for me” than the “designed by me” experience we’ve been promised. The tools to do this are already here.

How IBM, Intuit, and Rich Products Became More Customer-Centric

Harvard Business Review

This seems to be a key question on the minds of not just marketers, but company strategists these days. Yet wanting to be closer with customers, and knowing what actual, operational pathways to take in order to achieve this are two very different things.

Five Coaching Tips to Help Business Process Management Leaders Succeed

Strategy Driven

But those leaders have had training and experience to succeed in a traditional organization with a C-suite at the top and siloed business units and functions under each executive. The Executive Sponsor and Process Owner bring different strengths to the BPI Project.

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Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Assign oversight and support responsibility to a senior manager. This hands-off approach works because on-site executives can rely on informal communication and feedback mechanisms to maintain oversight.

The More Things Change, the More They Don't Stay the Same

Harvard Business Review

The main effect of higher productivity is to make labor more valuable; therefore it stands to reason that employers would — in the classic logic of "if you liked it that price, you'll love it at this one" — snap up more of it. it's a fallacy to suggest that there's a trade-off between unemployment and productivity." Yet, as obviously logical as that finding turns out to be, McKinsey was right to frame it as counterintuitive.

L3-TV: Effective project management means I don't shine if you don.

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

The Glowan Consulting Group L3 Blog Home About Glowan Subscribe to feed ‹ Baby Zen: The Importance of Mindful Presence in Leadership • The ROI of going for it on 4th down with 2 yards to go. Or where the next company Christmas party is going to be held. Leaders.

Morning Advantage: One Entrepreneur Who Will Not Be Rushed

Harvard Business Review

But Palmer Luckey, now 20, is taking his own sweet time to market — which he’s free to do since his funding comes strings-free from Kickstarter. It would be irresponsible for me to say when we'll have consumer products," he tells this enthusiast from Popular Mechanics , since the device still lacks sound — and who knows what else? How Humans Keep Time (Smithsonian

End the Religion of ROE

Harvard Business Review

Conversely, why market cigarettes? We think there's more to business success — and that something as straightforward as a simple equation could put capitalism on a better path. To an extent not widely recognized, it was an equation in the first place that gave ROE the power to dominate not just investment decisions, but an entire business culture. Just as electronic commerce would later sweep business, mass production came to one industry after another.

Structure Your Global Team for Innovation

Harvard Business Review

Many firms struggle to exploit the innovation potential of their global networks. To get the most from dispersed innovation, managers need a different playbook. Here are three ways to set up and manage global innovation for success: 1. Assign oversight and support responsibility to a senior manager. This hands-off approach works because on-site executives can rely on informal communication and feedback mechanisms to maintain oversight.

The CEO's Frugal Innovation Agenda

Harvard Business Review

CEOs of large companies face a conundrum: they are confronted with a growing number of frugal consumers clamoring for affordable solutions, yet their existing corporate culture and incentive systems are designed to support a "bigger is better" business model — not to deliver more with less. As the Age of Austerity dawns, however, corporate leaders will have no choice: they will have to bite the bullet and infuse their organizations with a frugal mindset.

The ROI of going for it on 4th down with 2 yards to go.

Leaders. Better. Brighter.

The Glowan Consulting Group L3 Blog Home About Glowan Subscribe to feed ‹ L3-TV: Effective project management means I don’t shine if you don’t shine • TED Talk Em-tel: Compassionate Leadership › The ROI of going for it on 4th down with 2 yards to go.

Are You a Rebel or a Leader?

Harvard Business Review

We were in a meeting to review the roadmap for the company's new product. I wanted to accept the consensus as a sign that the company had rounded the corner on its 3-year slog to be more relevant in their market. To lead is to advocate for an idea.

In Praise of Going it Alone

Harvard Business Review

A lot of business literature advocates teaming up wherever possible to open the doors to new ideas, draw on the unique strengths of others, and speed time to market. Look for example at Lytro , a company whose impact on photography might turn out to be on par with the digital camera. Advanced algorithms process these inputs to enable features such as 3D effects or focusing on different parts of the image after the photo has already been taken.

India Remakes Global Innovation

Harvard Business Review

In 2008, Dr Reddy's acquired Chirotech, Dow Chemical's R&D unit, for $32 million, and in April 2011 relocated it to a new 33,000 sq. Dr Reddy's plan is to leverage Chirotech's scientific capabilities to optimize drug development processes, thus lowering manufacturing costs and speeding time-to-market. In recent years, Indian firms such as Dr Reddy's have also started globalizing their R&D footprint by moving into Western markets.