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Is the future passing by your management?

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Is the future passing by your management?

If you insist on only looking at what your best close competitors are doing, you’re “comparing your horse to other’s horses and ignorant to the car being introduced next door

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Four steps to your new ecosystem strategy

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Four steps to your new ecosystem strategy

If you could choose only one core competence for your company, what would it be? And who would you partner with to secure your future success based on that single core competence?

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Twin-turbine company operations

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Twin-turbine company operations

Customers want experiences and entertainment regardless of industry, and if you don’t react to this, someone else will

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Structure follows strategy… or does it?

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Structure follows strategy… or does it?

Do not compare yourself with your peers, it is the recipe for disaster. Company complacency is the biggest threat to companies today. Being happy and contempt with what you’ve got creates a company blind spot so big that no one will see the real threat before it’s taken a significant chunk of the market, if not all

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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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Dealing with pluralistic ignorance

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Dealing with pluralistic ignorance

When members of a crowd believes something is wrong, but don’t say anything because they think everybody else believe it’s right, they’re pluralistic ignorant. This is damaging to the way groups behave and adversely affects the effectiveness and success of organizations

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If you take a decision, it’s your responsibility to make it the right one

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If you take a decision, it’s your responsibility to make it the right one

Once your decision is made, stick to it and make it a success

A pilot doesn’t change his course because of strong turbulence, the path is only changed when severe thunderstorms are ahead

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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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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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Five habits for more happines

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Five habits for more happines

I personally feel I have a fairly good relationship between what I have to do and what I love to do - and at the same time keeping healthy to a level where I'm happy with it; here you can find the five things that I do to keep this going

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How do you make a difference?

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How do you make a difference?

I'm contacted daily by people who's searching for jobs - the oil price has taken it's toll and there's more people job hunting than I've experienced in the Middle East before

Most of them have one thing in common - they want to work everywhere with anything - but is that cool?

NO

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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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I'm a super-boss!

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I'm a super-boss!

Take the test at HBR.org to see if you're a super-boss too - and don't forget to reflect on the questions as it's the reflection, and not your easy-to-guess answers that gives you value :)

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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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11 stories about Big Data in 9 minutes

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11 stories about Big Data in 9 minutes

This (rather old) video explains 11 fascinating scenarios on how Big Data are used to predict crimes, analyse sales, and much more

It even demonstrates how the Target retail store knows girls are pregnant before their parents do - or how Google knows flu outbreaks two weeks before the Center for Disease Control

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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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