Archive for category: Connected Economy

Digital growth for your Enterprise?

Digital growth for your Enterprise?

Enterprises have immense potential to exploit emerging digital technologies to develop new offerings, continuously improve both existing products and services and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of overall enterprise management. To exploit the full potential, business and society will need to work together to reduce the number of people who are currently excluded from the Digital World.

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Sustainability – As a business opportunity

Sustainability – As a business opportunity

The overwhelming evidence that action is needed to reduce our use of Carbon creates a wealth of opportunities for business. Whatever the environmental views of a business leader, I believe there is a fiduciary duty for Leaders to proactively look for opportunities to improve sustainability of their own businesses and those through out their supply chains. This blog provides some examples and suggests that sustainability initiatives will benefit from the application of the “dual operating systems” advocated by John Kotter

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Developing & Maintaining Entrepreneurial Success

Developing & Maintaining Entrepreneurial Success

  The opportunity to judge a University Competition for teams of young Entrepreneurs and then Rosebeth Moss Kanter’s entrepreneur focused HBR blog, have caused me to reflect again on the needs that external consultants could reasonably provide on a point of need basis. I was greatly energised by the effort […]

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Performance Management

Performance Management

The 20th anniversary of the Balanced Scorecard (Introduced in the 1992 Harvard Business Review article by Dr Robert Kaplan and Dr David Norton), hearing some interesting perspectives on regulation / innovation at a Long Finance Conference and seeing Bono’s Factivism (evidence-based activist) 15 minute TED presentation have reignited my focus on […]

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Developing Leaders for our connected Economy

Developing Leaders for our connected Economy

            “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate for the story present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our situation is new, so we must think anew and act anew.” Abraham Lincoln, 1 December 1862.   […]

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Global and Local Agility without Hubris

Global and Local Agility without Hubris

In the last week I have been provoked to think about two dimensions of enterprise performance: Encouraging enterprise ambition while limiting the risks from Hubris amongst the leaders The balance between acting globally and being locally agile The Economist Article “Davos Man and his defects” comments on the spread of […]

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Using “Perishable” Information in Big Data Sets

Using “Perishable” Information in Big Data Sets

  How can your enterprise secure value from the increasing amounts of data that is being collected through an ever increasing numbers of sensors, stored, analysed and interrogated by ever more sophisticated systems? My strong sense is to stick to foundation principals and start by asking how you can improve […]

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Big Data – Less Strategic Thinking? Improved Management 2.0?

Big Data – Less Strategic Thinking? Improved Management 2.0?

        The continuing debates around “Big Data” have included arguments that with enough data and enough computer power patterns and trends will be surfaced automatically in future.  Is this going to result is less real thinking going into enterprise strategy? Some observers (for example Howard Rohm) have noted […]

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Big Data and Corporate Governance

Big Data and Corporate Governance

To quote Silberzahn and Jones “Despite formidable developments in business strategy over the last fifty years, organizations keep being disrupted by events they should have seen coming, but didn’t, or by events they saw coming but were unable to avoid or take advantage of.” We may in a future Blog pick up […]

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Modern software applications – benefits & risks

Modern software applications – benefits & risks

  A day last week looking at IBM’s websphere brought home to me how advances in software have really brought value to enterprises in three particular respects: Functional business users  (in Marketing for example) can now make changes to complex systems themselves using very friendly user interfaces – no knowledge […]

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