business

Love Is All You Need

This is a post about love. I don’t mean the touchy-feely romance between lovers love — nor the air-kiss-“you-look-mahvelous” social lubricant love. Rather, I mean love as a game-changer for business leaders.

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Enchanting Guy Kawasaki

I never tire of hearing Guy Kawasaki speak, so his recent address at the NRF’s INNOVATE 2011 Conference was a delight to attend.

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Garden Fresh Practices Fresh Business Principles

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Leadership Art

Ever since I read Max DePree’s Leadership Jazz (great book, btw), I’ve always considered leadership to be both an art and a science. But I find there‘s a lot more content about the science of leadership (organizational design, management principles, etc.) than there is about the art.

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Get Rid of the Calendar, and the Watch too

Post by: Sigurd Rinde

Those are leftovers from the industrial age and the biggest impediment to an effective society.

Before I hear the protest I can just as well agree that sometimes it's needed; like when I'm to meet somebody for a spot of lunch, or when an airplane or train operating company wants to ferry me and 120 other people at the same time, in the same contraption from A to B. Then exact time, and location, is useful.

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It's Time to Move the Needle

If your business is being impacted by "social" in some way shape or form, then this should be significant goal for you as you take on the challenges change brings. We're past the theory now. Teaching still plays an important role. Strategy is not optional. Implementation is where the rubber hits the road. Everything you plan on doing this year should move the needle somehow. Moving the needle can take various forms:

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"Business" Is Nothing but "Social Networks"

Post by: Sigurd Rinde

We have a plethora of hugely successful cloud based social networks, but why only fulfil banal social needs? Those way up in the Maslow pyramid kind of needs. Why stop there? 

[This was inspired By @dahowlett's post the other day so a thankful nod his way!]

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Did Social Media Kill the Internet?

For many companies web 2.0 was all about getting closer to the customers: Democratizing the brand, listening, participating, investing in being more responsive and in tune with customers wants and needs etc..

All this is good, but did it remove the focus to much from innovating the core business properties?

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Four Implications of the Internet of Things for Business

I believe we will see a 10,000 to 100,000 increase in the number of computers, phones, devices and living things attached to the internet in the next 5-10 years — what many are calling “the internet of things“. We have probably already passed the point when there are more things to attached to the internet than people. All cars, many toys, most sick patients, lab equipment, cows with senors on their hoofs, you name it, will have the option to be connected to the network. 

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Design Thinking Is Killing Creativity

You would have heard everyone’s jaw drop after I mentioned this on Twitter over the weekend.

A fellow designer and I were discussing this in detail and jointly came to this conclusion with much disappointment. It was quite a significant conclusion and likely to be correct, as not only are we both in positions in managing design processes and teams; we are also in positions to shape and influence design centric business strategies.

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