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November 2016

The four stages of business transformation

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Don’t rush to transform your business. Slow down, and follow the four Ds – Direction, Diligence, Development and Delivery – for lasting change.

Most business transformation projects falter because they’re rushed, but you can’t build successful transformation in a hurry. The best transformation projects are slow-cooked, not microwaved.

 

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Four ways to succeed as an unconventional startup

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How do you build a startup with no venture capital? Slowly – but you’ll end up with a sustainable business you can call your own.

The stereotypical startup begins with young entrepreneurs fresh out of Harvard with a bright idea for a disruptive innovation, and ends when they go public after a few years’ rapid growth enabled by selling off big chunks to investors. But there is another...

How to be a talent magnet

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Instead of hoarding great employees, learn to master the flow of talent through your organisation.

Should you try to hold onto your star employees, or show them the door? Some of the best leaders don’t just allow their top performers to leave – they actively encourage it.

 

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Collaboration is key to innovation

In an ever more digital and connected world, business leaders must collaborate to innovate.

Cisco’s ‘ecosystem innovation’ process differs from a more traditional form of collaboration between companies. Instead of research and development alliances Cisco’s process is designed to explore opportunities and develop and test solutions with end users in a short space of time.

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How to maximise your virtual network

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When it comes to networking: bigger is better. Thanks to today’s virtual networking opportunities, you can easily build and maintain relationships with contacts around the world.

Face-to-face meetings are the perfect way to conduct business; the ideal way to read, get to know and understand your contacts. However, raising your international profile can also result in professional...

Turn your brainstorm into a marathon

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Is the best solution still germinating when the average brainstorming session ends? Take more time to let creativity flow.

The long-established brainstorm model puts a group of colleagues together for an intensive hour or two to come up with as many ideas as possible. When embarrassing silences kick in, it’s generally accepted that the well has run dry and the session will fizzle out....

How to protect your business from insider cyber attack

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Safeguarding sensitive company information is something we all need to be vigilant about in this technological age. But did you know that security breaches are far more likely to be an inside job than the work of an outside hacker?

Marc van Zadelhoff, writing for Harvard Business Review, cites IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index which established that 60 per cent of all attacks...

Get your employees working together effectively

If your employees are failing to work as a team, it’s time to show them the value of collaboration.

You might regard teamwork as a top priority but do your staff pick up on those values? A recent survey by Corporate Culture Chasm revealed that most employees think leaders want to see competition among staff members.

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Your three key players in the race for innovation

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Startup companies will naturally have a keen eye for innovation as they work out their route to the top. But larger, long-established companies can keep pace with the new kids on the block by maximising the talent at their disposal.

You probably have some excellent talent on your teams. But how do you motivate it to come up with cutting edge ideas and deliver results?

 

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Six secrets of brand longevity

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What is it that keeps some brands alive for decades, or even centuries, while others suddenly emerge and just as quickly disappear? Steve Olenski, writing for Forbes, identifies six approaches that distinguish we-established brands from the rest.

Olenski sees brands as being pressured by the marketing hype surrounding each new trend, and by continuous demographic shifts.

 

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Six steps to getting a seat on the board

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If landing a seat on a board is one of your goals, you need to do some serious preparation to make it happen. Writing for Forbes, Stuart R. Levine sets out six actions to increase your chances of success.

“It’s critical that you take smart steps to develop your resources and skills into assets that will showcase your credentials and position you for success,” Levine advises.

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Why big businesses should join forces with startups

In times of economic uncertainty, collaboration with startups offers corporates a route to becoming more innovative and profitable.

As Britain gears up for Brexit, the country is bracing itself for a period of uncertainty. It is in times like these that business growth can be hard to come by. But larger companies can boost innovation and their bottom line by partnering with nimble, fast...

How to get your team’s creative juices flowing

Tim Arterbury

A counterintuitive approach may be the way to make groups think more creatively.

Your team is stuck for new ideas. It seems they have come to the end of the road and are just regurgitating old suggestions.

Some people think creativity is a random process; others believe it can be taught in a classroom.

 

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