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Digital transformation; just another organizational change program

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Digital transformation; just another organizational change program

Imagine if you had to reinvent your current company’s business model from scratch. I’ll bet that you would see a lot of opportunities for improvements and a lot of processes, products (and people) that you wouldn’t need in a digitized new version of your company

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Why organizations will not change

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Why organizations will not change

The business history books are filled with stories of companies failing big time - and for no apparent reason. I believe the main reason is the power of informal, internal networks

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On future vs. mature technologies / businesses

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On future vs. mature technologies / businesses

This video is for me not so much about the technical discussion but rather about Steve Jobs' views on emerging and maturing products / technologies / processes

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1.0 success : 0.10 luck + 0.20 skill + 0.15 willpower + 0.05 pleasure + 0.50 pain

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1.0 success : 0.10 luck + 0.20 skill + 0.15 willpower + 0.05 pleasure + 0.50 pain

Always on equals never off

Being always on also means never being off, resulting in lost moments with family, friends and... life - this is the price paid for what is seen as success - and what I have to pay to feel fulfilled

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Don't throw in the towel, use it to wipe sweat off your face!

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Don't throw in the towel, use it to wipe sweat off your face!

You don't get people to change by commanding them or bossing them to do so - you get people to change by consistently and patiently understanding them and their situation and then slowly talk to them about benefits by doing things in a new way

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If not everybody's winning, everybody's losing

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If not everybody's winning, everybody's losing

If you want to win in business, be it customer acquisition, management of employees or procurement negotiations, all parties has to register a 'win' - at least for relationships with repeat interactions (as opposed to one-off deals)

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If it's such a great idea, why didn't someone else do it?

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If it's such a great idea, why didn't someone else do it?

That's the line that made me quit my job more than a decade ago; we'd come up with a - at that time - radical idea on how to automate e-mail marketing and create a true dialogue based on software and rules (this was in the 90's; today the world is over-populated with these solutions)

I came to remember this as I read through McKinsey's "Six secrets to true originality" which I highly recommend you to read through too:

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A holistic view on navigating the jungle between Myanmar and Thailand (and everywhere else)

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A holistic view on navigating the jungle between Myanmar and Thailand (and everywhere else)

We've just spend some days on the border between Myanmar and Thailand and that includes navigating difficult terrain through the jungle around the mountains

Which made me think - when I look down to make sure I don't step on scorpions, snakes or other unpleasant things, I risk losing wading directly into just as unpleasant bushes with sticky things that hurts long after... 

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Three simple steps to make your life easier(!)

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Three simple steps to make your life easier(!)

It's much easier to complain and blame what we feel are outside factors for the frustrations that we encounter in our lives, professional as well as private

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Six things to do in your new job

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Six things to do in your new job

Follow these six steps to get a good start in your new job or position - good luck

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Stop. Think. Act (or... apply brain)

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Stop. Think. Act (or... apply brain)

Stop. Think. Act.

Revisit what you're doing, ask the hard questions - understand how the world around you look, evolve and where it's heading - and examine whether your plans will help you head in the same direction

If not, think of doing something else than what you're doing

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In the future, you have to be cognitive flexible

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In the future, you have to be cognitive flexible

Our ability to solve problems creatively and to combine several complex concepts to find one new, innovative solution is becoming top-priority in the future, backed by our ability to manage people to actually get the ideas and solutions executed

Key take-away? Focus on your skills as human being, on creating strong (and right) teams for business development and customer service, and let the computers do the rest :)

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The great middle-manager

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The great middle-manager

It's often stated that the middle-manager is caught between a rock and a hard place; they have top-down pressure from top management and bottom-up pressure from the employees

True

Everybody deals with this differently; some feel constantly pressured, some relay information unconsciously between top management and employees and some connect, communicate and grow

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Does your competitive edge need sharpening?

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Does your competitive edge need sharpening?

Companies are fighting daily to keep competitive, to keep cost-effective and to keep customer and employee satisfaction as high as possible – and when a certain satisfactory position has been achieved, they relax a little

Unfortunately, this is no longer possible – there is no ‘when this is over…’ anymore

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Surviving information overload

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Surviving information overload

Get your priorities in order

It's only possible to reduce stress and the feeling of 'too much' if you accept that there are some areas that you are okay not paying attention to - but you need to select what you want to see & read and what you don't want to see & read

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Business disruption explained in 2 minutes

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Business disruption explained in 2 minutes

I found this video at HBR.org that in just two minutes perfectly explains the concepts of business / innovation disruption and how to deal with it if you're an established company

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The four leadership skills that really matters

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The four leadership skills that really matters

Lessons for the Scandinavian - and Middle Eastern - business cultures

I was reviewing the best articles from McKinsey in 2015 and rediscovered their article about what leadership skills actually makes a difference - out of 20 skills researched, McKinsey found that only four of them accounts for 89 percent of leadership effectiveness

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You'll never get in front by walking in other's footsteps

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You'll never get in front by walking in other's footsteps

If you really want to make a difference, you must do something else than your competitors

Something that has not been done before (at least in your part of the world or in your markets) - it doesn't have to be a grand strategy that disrupts the complete industry, but it has to be something not quite seen or experienced before within your realm of business

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Agile development never let you finish

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Agile development never let you finish

In an ever-changing world you need to be ever-changing too

The days of grand project schemes with three years' completion time are over (unless you're in the construction or pharmaceutical industry ;-) because your business environment changes so much in three years that your projects most likely will be obsolete and outdated once they're finally done

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It's so easy, but so difficult

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It's so easy, but so difficult

Every time I go to a conference, read a blog, a publication or a white paper, I experience the same; lot's of great ideas, points, takeaways and 'trueisms' (things that you just know are true)

And every time I get a little annoyed

I hear and read from so many 'experts' how to do the right way in social media, in customer loyalty, to avoid business disruption, to prepare for the next 'big' etc. etc. and I just feel it's to easy for them to say

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