CorpU Blog: Business Innovation

Business innovation, strategy, vigilance and more.

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How Vigilant Companies Gain an Edge in Turbulent Times

The costs of being slow to sense threats and opportunities on the competitive horizon can be devastating. Just ask RadioShack, a pioneer in catering to electronics hobbyists. After jumping into mobile phone distribution in the 1990s, the U.S.-based retail chain with...
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How Vigilant Organizations Act Faster

The world of business is increasingly turbulent. And as the pace of technological change accelerates, organizations must learn to see signals sooner and -- importantly-- learn to act faster than rivals upon those insights. Charles Schwab did so when it became an early...
Develop Vigilant Leaders

Develop Vigilant Leaders to Stay A Step Ahead of Competitors

In the mid-2000s, RadioShack was so focused on serving a growing population of smartphone users that it failed to see it was alienating its loyal electronic hobbyist client base. Those hobbyists began shopping elsewhere, and, when corporations like AT&T and Apple...
How Vigilant Organizations Act Faster

How Vigilant Organizations Act Faster

The world of business is increasingly turbulent. And as the pace of technological change accelerates, organizations must learn to see signals sooner and -- importantly-- learn to act faster than rivals upon those insights. Charles Schwab did so when it became an early...

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How Vigilant Firms Orchestrate Financial Payoffs

How Vigilant Firms Orchestrate Financial Payoffs

In a study of 135 multinational firms over an eight-year period, vigilant organizations had 200% higher growth in market capitalization and were 33% more profitable than their vulnerable rivals.1 This field study built on an earlier Harvard Business Review assessment...

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How to Build Organizational Resilience

How to Build Organizational Resilience

Driven by exponential technological change and sociopolitical and economic uncertainty, the average lifespan of companies on the S&P Index is becoming shorter and more volatile. The pace of change is accelerating. Employers and workers are under immense stress to...

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Three Small Actions To Make Better Decisions

Three Small Actions To Make Better Decisions

Critical thinking and decision making skills frequently rank as the top attributes companies believe effective leaders should possess. And researchers at Bain & Company have found that decision effectiveness is 95 percent correlated with financial performance. At...

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The Four Steps Of Strategic Persuasion

The Four Steps Of Strategic Persuasion

By Alan Todd and Dr. Mario Moussa Work relationships are becoming flatter, looser, wider, and faster. By 2020, flexible labor will represent 20 percent of the workforce, with work becoming more project-based. Nearly 50 percent of managers now spend half their work...

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How to Create a Change Movement

As companies adapt to a rapidly changing business environment, with shifting players, products, services, and technology, many of them struggle to keep up. Advancement, or even maintenance, can be a challenge in an environment that requires flexibility, adaptability,...

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Why Do Strategic Plans Fail?

The best-laid plans of mice and men, often go awry. Almost every executive can point to an experience when a great idea for strategic change has been conceived, perfected, and rolled out, only to fail in the final measure. And the company pays the price, not only in...

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70% of New Strategies Fail

Here’s how technology is helping executives unlock a step change in management I have a confession to make. In the early days of digital learning, I led a team that pioneered the development of the first enterprise learning management system. Like others, I saw the...

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Reinventing a 2,000-Year-Old Management Strategy

The most important business strategy, dialogue, has withstood the test of time. The ancient Greeks knew that dialogos was the key to creating shared meaning. Management theorists from Senge to Ulrich understood that dialogue transforms corporate vision to...

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Strategy Activation: Defined

Until the 1960s, the word “strategy” belonged on the battlefield, not in the boardroom. In fact, Drucker mentioned strategy only once in The Practice of Management. It wasn’t until 1962, when Alfred Chandler (a former teacher at the U.S. Naval War College) wrote...

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The Death of the Town Hall Meeting

  Strategies not delivering results? Consider this. Town hall meetings and road shows are a staple of corporate culture. But in today’s workplace, their relevance is quickly fading. Learning science tells us that the town hall format (usually a one-way...

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Why the Inertia Around Business Change?

Why do some people, when faced with a mandatory hurricane evacuation, refuse to leave their homes? They might simply be, well, nuts. Or, according to Dr. Keith Ablow—a psychiatrist and frequent contributor to the New York Times— they may be experiencing something...

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Flat, Be Nimble

A recent article in Chief Learning Officer Magazine, “The Power of Sponsorship at Gore”, highlighted the unusual corporate structure of W. L. Gore & Associates (known for its signature fabric Gore-Tex as well as industrial and medical products). What’s unusual...

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Manage Change? ROFLOL (Rolling on Floor Laughing Out Loud)

Successfully managing business change can sometimes seem as unattainable as managing a teenager, says Sue Todd, Chief Strategy Officer for CorpU. As with your teenage son or daughter, you can try to teach, or lead by example; find out who’s influencing behavior; adapt...

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Can Brand Activation Inform Strategy Activation?

One evening I happened to catch a few minutes of The Daily Show with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz as a guest. He talked about the company’s new initiative to offer Starbucks employees free college tuition through Arizona State University’s online program. (Apparently...

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Holiday Cookies and the Art of Negotiation

When I was little, my mom would make these awesome sugar cookies for Christmas.  The ingredients were pretty basic—the usual flour, sugar, butter—but she’d add a hint of orange peel so they had a wonderful scent of fresh citrus. Then my sister and I would have a blast...

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Big Data: Catch the 40-Foot Wave

Half a century before Facebook and a quarter century before the Internet, a social anthropologist named John Barnes was the first to identify the concept of social networks. He spent time with the residents of a remote Norwegian fishing village, tracing their family...

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