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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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?
Customers want experiences and entertainment regardless of industry, and if you don’t react to this, someone else will
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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)
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...
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
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?
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
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 :)
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
Everybody deals with this differently; some feel constantly pressured, some relay information unconsciously between top management and employees and some connect, communicate and grow
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
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
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