It’s clear that not all leaders, or forms of leadership, are the same. Which makes sense when you think of the diversity of groups to be led… Imagine what it must be like leading a business of 5,000 employees – the majority of whom are dancing, singing and moving constantly. This is the task faced by Daniel Lamarre everyday. Want to know how he does it?
If you haven’t asked yourself or your team this question, you will soon.
When it comes to innovation, the gap between the developed world and the developing world is closing. Understanding this fact—and knowing how to “reverse innovate” to stay in front of global demand—is critical for any business with growth in its future.
Enter Reverse Innovation, an important book that helps leaders and senior managers understand what it means to develop in emerging markets first, instead of scaling down rich world products, to unlock a world of business opportunity. Written by Vijay Govindarajan and Chris Trimble of the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, and published on April 10th, Reverse Innovation provides a next step for organizations looking to derive long-term value from emerging markets. The book highlights strategies from some of the world’s leading companies (General Electric, Deere & Company, Procter & Gamble, PepsiCo) that emphasize innovations that “flow uphill”—that is, successes that were adopted in the developing world first.
How do you win in a world of constant change, fierce competition and unstoppable innovation? The answer, perhaps, is in the question. Whether you're a small start up or a large corporation, it is innovation that needs to become the guiding principle that runs through the entire organization, allowing you to face up to the challenges and dilemas of today's business environment.
What kind of top secret devices that could potentially hold the key to the next big online product would you be aware of if you were Director of Emerging Products at Google? Bernardo Hernándezholds such a position, and what we wouldn’t give to be able to dive into his mind for a couple of minutes.
Marketing experts and brands face the daily challenge of creating new consumer journeys that create value for their audiences. Brands are continuously seeking for tricks and strategies to engage, make a difference and gain preference and loyalty.
In the past few years, marketers have realized the potential of using game-like strategies to build brand equity; this trend has been named gamification.
During our recent New York production trip, we met up with Gabe Zichermann, the man who coined the term gamification. We asked him about the valuable lessons learnt from gaming, to what extent games can turn into profitable outcomes, and what comes next in the social gaming arena.
What has the economic downturn done to the previously growing trend of sustainability and green product development? One could hypothesize that producing sustainable, organic products is more expensive, and so in an economic slump companies will cut funds from those departments. Is this accurate?
It is already a challenge to manage a company considering the different personalities and interests of individual employees, but when you add in the factor of multiple generations the difficulties really start to emerge. However, instead of looking at diversity as a problem, the best resolution is to learn how to get the best out of each generation, coexisting in the same workplace with the same common goal: the success of the organization!
Although in varying environments, there are many similarities in the challenges leaders face. However, it’s not every day that the lessons of leadership challenges come from a pretty and talented young woman like Alondra de la Parra.
What motivates you to get up out of bed every morning and go to work? Is it because you love what you do? Are you excited to see what will happen during the day? Or is it the thought of your paycheck at the end of the month? If it were a matter of guessing by the way companies actually motivate (monetarily), the logical option would be the latter. However, experts in the area are proving that this method is actually the least effective in successfully motivating employees.
Just when we were getting used to the new Timeline format for Facebook, and while many companies were re-learning how to take advantage and better communicate with their public, the social network decided to throw another curveball and announced yesterday that they bought the innovative and free mobile application Instagram.