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The New Corporate Facts of Life

The New Corporate Facts of Life Author Diana Rivenburgh
ISBN-10 9780814433058
Release 2013-11-10
Pages 256
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Still myopically chasing quarterly profits, producing the same product the same way, issuing directives to increasingly disengaged employees? Too many organizations cling to outdated practices-to their detriment and almost certain demise. In today's unpredictable, interconnected world you cannot rely on the old rules of business to get stellar results. The New Corporate Facts of Life charts a clear path through the obstacles facing all companies-disruptive innovation, economic instability, environmental degradation, increasing stakeholder power, and other global forces-explaining exactly how to transform each challenge into competitive advantage. Based on interviews with over 50 top executives and thought leaders, including Coca-Cola Enterprises CEO John Brock, Georgia Tech President G.P. "Bud" Peterson, and author Peter Senge, the book recounts how leading-edge companies have begun re-shaping strategy, culture, vision, engagement, and leadership to succeed in this brave new world. Change is the only constant in business. Packed with inspiring stories and compelling examples, The New Corporate Facts of Life offers a bird's-eye view of the shifting landscape and reveals how any organization, large or small, can begin creating a profitable, sustainable future.



The Breakthrough Challenge

The Breakthrough Challenge Author John Elkington
ISBN-10 9781118923931
Release 2014-07-22
Pages 272
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The world’s most forward-looking CEOs recognize the real challenge facing business today: a fundamental shift in the nature of commerce. While sustainability programs, government action, and nonprofits are all parts of the solution, CEOs and other leaders must focus on social, environmental, and economic benefit—not only because it will make the world a better place, but because it will ensure lasting profitability and success in the business climate of tomorrow. The Breakthrough Challenge is both an inspiring call-to-action and a guide for this transformation, based on the work of The B Team, a major initiative uniting leaders in sustainability. As a founding advisor and member of The B Team, John Elkington and Jochen Zeitz map out an agenda for change. The most important goal for businesses must be redefining the bottom line to account for true long-term costs throughout the supply chain. To achieve this, leaders must rethink everything: what counts on balance sheets, how to incentivize performance, who does what in the C-suite, and even what inspires us. The Breakthrough Challenge draws on over 100 exclusive interviews to show this shift in action, sharing the pioneering work of leaders such as Paul Polman, CEO of Unilever; Arianna Huffington, founder and CEO of The Huffington Post; Peter Brabeck-Letmathe, chairman of the Nestlé Group; and Linda Fisher, pioneering Chief Sustainability Officer at DuPont, among many others. Change-as-usual strategies are not enough to move business from breakdowns to breakthroughs. The Breakthrough Challenge shows leaders how to achieve a true transformation and refocus the definition of profitability on the lasting wellbeing of people and planet—for the lasting success of their business.



The Digital Revolution

The Digital Revolution Author Inder Sidhu
ISBN-10 9780134291376
Release 2015-11-28
Pages 240
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The massive transformations driven by digital technology have begun. The Digital Revolution gives you a complete roadmap for navigating the breathtaking changes happening now and shows you how to succeed. Silicon Valley executive, thought leader, and New York Times best-selling author Inder Sidhu shows how cloud computing, social media, mobility, sensors, apps, big data analytics, and more can be brought together in virtually infinite combinations to create opportunities and pose risks previously unimaginable. You’ll learn how digital pioneers are applying connected digital technologies, also known as the Internet of Everything, to dramatically improve financial performance, customer experience, and workforce engagement in fields ranging from healthcare to education, from retail to government. Sidhu combines the practical perspective of practitioners with the extensive experience of experts to show you how to win in the new digital age. He takes you behind the scenes, engaging with business leaders from Apple, Google, Facebook, Cisco, Intel, Amazon, Walmart, Starbucks, RSA, Kaiser, Cleveland Clinic, Intermountain Healthcare, and so on and with academic leaders from Stanford, Yale, Wharton, MIT, Coursera, Khan Academy, and more and reveals their winning strategies and execution tactics for your benefit. Sidhu also discusses the key challenges of privacy, security, regulation, and governance in depth and offers powerful insights on managing crucial ethical, social, cultural, legal, and economic issues that digitization creates. He shows what the digital revolution will mean for you, both personally and professionally--and how you can win. Learn how you can leverage the digital revolution to Deliver superior customer experiences Improve your organization’s financial performance Drive employee productivity, creativity, and engagement Build smart, efficient cities brimming with opportunity Make education more effective and relevant Achieve better health outcomes Make retail compelling, convenient, and profitable Balance privacy with security Protect yourself before, during, and after a cyberattack Accelerate your career and live a better life



The Wellbeing Purpose

The Wellbeing Purpose Author Richard Hardyment
ISBN-10 9781351001021
Release 2018-09-06
Pages 134
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In a turbulent world of geopolitical change, declining trust in institutions, and increasing scrutiny of companies, the big question facing leaders is: what difference does business make? Lots of companies talk about social impact, but few have defined what it really means. This book sets out a more human form of capitalism with people at its heart. The Wellbeing Purpose is the first book that explains how companies can make life better across their value chains, from sourcing raw materials to innovating, marketing and selling products and services. This book is a blueprint for raising life satisfaction for all those touched by a business – suppliers, employees, communities and consumers. It sets out the steps for any organization to create profits (wealth creation) whilst simultaneously making life better (wellbeing enhancement). Drawing on his experience as a political adviser and business consultant, Hardyment takes us on a journey across the global footprint of business. There are some startling findings along the way. Case studies from pioneering firms and the latest scientific research are used to explain how any organization can source, make and market products that create wealth and wellbeing. This is a manifesto for business to profit through helping more people to realize the good life.



Customer CEO

Customer CEO Author Chuck Wall
ISBN-10 9781351862042
Release 2016-10-21
Pages 240
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Most companies still operate as if they control their customers. But, in today's market, it's really the other way around. Customer CEO confronts the new market reality that customers choose which companies to do business with completely on their own terms. This effectively inverts the power, control, and direction of decision-making; to survive in this new landscape, organizations must quickly adapt. Author Chuck Wall explores the nine powers customer possess - including "the power of me," "the power of the heart," and "the power of rebellion" - and how companies can profit by understanding the power of their customers. Based on more than a decade of firsthand experience and over 100,000 customer interviews, Customer CEO provides every size company with a roadmap of fresh ideas and easy to use tools, while exploring three-dozen companies that embrace the power of their customers. By reading this book, every leader can transform their business into a Customer CEO company.



A Country Is Not a Company

A Country Is Not a Company Author Paul Krugman
ISBN-10 9781422155523
Release 2009-12-01
Pages 64
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Nobel-Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman argues that business leaders need to understand the differences between economic policy on the national and international scale and business strategy on the organizational scale. Economists deal with the closed system of a national economy, whereas executives live in the open-system world of business. Moreover, economists know that an economy must be run on the basis of general principles, but businesspeople are forever in search of the particular brilliant strategy. Krugman's article serves to elucidate the world of economics for businesspeople who are so close to it and yet are continually frustrated by what they see. Since 1922, Harvard Business Review has been a leading source of breakthrough management ideas-many of which still speak to and influence us today. The Harvard Business Review Classics series now offers readers the opportunity to make these seminal pieces a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world-and will have a direct impact on you today and for years to come.



Transformative Scenario Planning

Transformative Scenario Planning Author Adam Kahane
ISBN-10 9781609944902
Release 2012
Pages 126
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Getting Unstuck People who are trying to solve tough economic, social, and environmental problems often find themselves frustratingly stuck. They can’t solve their problems in their current context, which is too unstable or unfair or unsustainable. They can’t transform this context on their own—it’s too complex to be grasped or shifted by any one person or organization or sector. And the people whose cooperation they need don’t understand or agree with or trust them or each other. Transformative scenario planning is a powerful new methodology for dealing with these challenges. It enables us to transform ourselves and our relationships and thereby the systems of which we are a part. At a time when divisions within and among societies are producing so many people to get stuck and to suffer, it offers hope—and a proven approach—for moving forward together.



No Ordinary Disruption

No Ordinary Disruption Author Richard Dobbs
ISBN-10 9781610397629
Release 2016-08-30
Pages 288
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Our intuition on how the world works could well be wrong. We are surprised when new competitors burst on the scene, or businesses protected by large and deep moats find their defenses easily breached, or vast new markets are conjured from nothing. Trend lines resemble saw-tooth mountain ridges. The world not only feels different. The data tell us it is different. Based on years of research by the directors of the McKinsey Global Institute, No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Forces Breaking all the Trends is a timely and important analysis of how we need to reset our intuition as a result of four forces colliding and transforming the global economy: the rise of emerging markets, the accelerating impact of technology on the natural forces of market competition, an aging world population, and accelerating flows of trade, capital and people. Our intuitions formed during a uniquely benign period for the world economy—often termed the Great Moderation. Asset prices were rising, cost of capital was falling, labour and resources were abundant, and generation after generation was growing up more prosperous than their parents. But the Great Moderation has gone. The cost of capital may rise. The price of everything from grain to steel may become more volatile. The world's labor force could shrink. Individuals, particularly those with low job skills, are at risk of growing up poorer than their parents. What sets No Ordinary Disruption apart is depth of analysis combined with lively writing informed by surprising, memorable insights that enable us to quickly grasp the disruptive forces at work. For evidence of the shift to emerging markets, consider the startling fact that, by 2025, a single regional city in China—Tianjin—will have a GDP equal to that of the Sweden, of that, in the decades ahead, half of the world's economic growth will come from 440 cities including Kumasi in Ghana or Santa Carina in Brazil that most executives today would be hard-pressed to locate on a map. What we are now seeing is no ordinary disruption but the new facts of business life— facts that require executives and leaders at all levels to reset their operating assumptions and management intuition.



The Theory of the Business Harvard Business Review Classics

The Theory of the Business  Harvard Business Review Classics Author Peter F. Drucker
ISBN-10 9781633692534
Release 2017-04-18
Pages 80
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Peter F. Drucker argues that what underlies the current malaise of so many large and successful organizations worldwide is that their theory of the business no longer works. The story is a familiar one: a company that was a superstar only yesterday finds itself stagnating and frustrated, in trouble and, often, in a seemingly unmanageable crisis. The root cause of nearly every one of these crises is not that things are being done poorly. It is not even that the wrong things are being done. Indeed, in most cases, the right things are being done—but fruitlessly. What accounts for this apparent paradox? The assumptions on which the organization has been built and is being run no longer fit reality. These are the assumptions that shape any organization's behavior, dictate its decisions about what to do and what not to do, and define what an organization considers meaningful results. These assumptions are what Drucker calls a company's theory of the business. The Harvard Business Review Classics series offers you the opportunity to make seminal Harvard Business Review articles a part of your permanent management library. Each highly readable volume contains a groundbreaking idea that continues to shape best practices and inspire countless managers around the world—and will have a direct impact on you today and for years to come.



Evolve or Die

Evolve or Die Author Robin Crow
ISBN-10 0470627409
Release 2010-03-30
Pages 204
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Bring positive change and attain the highest levels of success Robin Crow has years of experience working in the trenches as an entrepreneur and business owner. Now he has put all that work at your disposal with his unique Seven Step Challenge. Presented as a call to action, Evolve or Die delivers optimistic solutions to become better than you were yesterday and realize abundance at every level for personal and professional growth. The method teaches Exceed expectations Gets things done 100% accountability Commit to continual improvement Boundless optimism Environmental responsibility Make a difference Whether you're the CEO or cleaning the CEO's office, by following the author's program you'll be able to regain control, refocus, and bring positive change to attain the highest levels of success.



The Leadership Mind Switch Rethinking How We Lead in the New World of Work

The Leadership Mind Switch  Rethinking How We Lead in the New World of Work Author D. A. Benton
ISBN-10 9781259836053
Release 2017-06-23
Pages 304
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Lead your company to success in the New Industrial Revolution! The world of business has completely transformed in recent years—and the pace of change will only increase in coming years. But one thing remains the same: Quality leadership is the hinge on which the fate of every organization swings. The Leadership Mind Switch provides the critical lessons you need to lead your company in a fully globalized business world where radical technologies reign supreme. Debra Benton and Kylie Wright-Ford have helped some of today’s most top executives successfully position themselves and their companies for the future. Now, in this groundbreaking leadership guide, they share their insight with you. Learn how to effectively lead a workforce that: Is rich in demographic texture—representing as many as four different generations Has varying—and sometimes conflicting—expectations of the company Operates with different ideas about what success looks like Uses, approaches, and even understands technology in different ways The answers to these questions and many others are all here. You’ll learn how to be the kind of leader who is both firm in his or her decisions but maintains an air of approachability. You’ll learn how to drive high productivity while keeping your workers happy and satisfied in their jobs. And you’ll learn how to embrace new technologies without sacrificing the human touch—which is the hallmark of great leadership. It will take unprecedented levels of agility, confidence, and fearlessness to lead into the future. Make the leadership mind switch to seize the competitive edge now in order to drive profits and growth tomorrow.



Engineering a Learning Healthcare System

Engineering a Learning Healthcare System Author Institute of Medicine
ISBN-10 9780309120647
Release 2011-06-14
Pages 340
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Improving our nation's healthcare system is a challenge which, because of its scale and complexity, requires a creative approach and input from many different fields of expertise. Lessons from engineering have the potential to improve both the efficiency and quality of healthcare delivery. The fundamental notion of a high-performing healthcare system--one that increasingly is more effective, more efficient, safer, and higher quality--is rooted in continuous improvement principles that medicine shares with engineering. As part of its Learning Health System series of workshops, the Institute of Medicine's Roundtable on Value and Science-Driven Health Care and the National Academy of Engineering, hosted a workshop on lessons from systems and operations engineering that could be applied to health care. Building on previous work done in this area the workshop convened leading engineering practitioners, health professionals, and scholars to explore how the field might learn from and apply systems engineering principles in the design of a learning healthcare system. Engineering a Learning Healthcare System: A Look at the Future: Workshop Summary focuses on current major healthcare system challenges and what the field of engineering has to offer in the redesign of the system toward a learning healthcare system.



The Storytelling Edge

The Storytelling Edge Author Shane Snow
ISBN-10 9781119483472
Release 2018-01-15
Pages 208
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Transform your business through the power of storytelling. Content strategists Joe Lazauskas and Shane Snow offer an insider’s guide to transforming your business—and all the relationships that matter to it—through the art and science of telling great stories. Smart businesses today understand the need to use stories to better connect with the people they care about. But few know how to do it well. In The Storytelling Edge, the strategy minds behind Contently, the world renowned content marketing technology company, reveal their secrets that have helped award-winning brands to build relationships with millions of advocates and customers. Join as they dive into the neuroscience of storytelling, the elements of powerful stories, and methodologies to grow businesses through engaging and accountable content. With The Storytelling Edge you will discover how leaders and workers can craft the powerful stories that not only build brands and engage customers, but also build relationships and make people care—in work and in life.



Computerworld

Computerworld Author
ISBN-10
Release 1978-11-27
Pages 160
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For more than 40 years, Computerworld has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (Computerworld.com), twice-monthly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest global IT media network.



Computerworld

Computerworld Author
ISBN-10
Release 1998-07-27
Pages 104
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For more than 40 years, Computerworld has been the leading source of technology news and information for IT influencers worldwide. Computerworld's award-winning Web site (Computerworld.com), twice-monthly publication, focused conference series and custom research form the hub of the world's largest global IT media network.



Big Bang Disruption

Big Bang Disruption Author Larry Downes
ISBN-10 9780698143388
Release 2014-01-07
Pages 272
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It used to take years or even decades for disruptive innovations to dethrone dominant products and services. But now any business can be devastated virtually overnight by something better and cheaper. How can executives protect themselves and harness the power of Big Bang Disruption? Just a few years ago, drivers happily spent more than $200 for a GPS unit. But as smartphones exploded in popularity, free navigation apps exceeded the performance of stand-alone devices. Eighteen months after the debut of the navigation apps, leading GPS manufacturers had lost 85 percent of their market value. Consumer electronics and computer makers have long struggled in a world of exponential technology improvements and short product life spans. But until recently, hotels, taxi services, doctors, and energy companies had little to fear from the information revolution. Those days are gone forever. Software-based products are replacing physical goods. And every service provider must compete with cloud-based tools that offer customers a better way to interact. Today, start-ups with minimal experience and no capital can unravel your strategy before you even begin to grasp what’s happening. Never mind the “innovator’s dilemma”—this is the innovator’s disaster. And it’s happening in nearly every industry. Worse, Big Bang Disruptors may not even see you as competition. They don’t share your approach to customer service, and they’re not sizing up your product line to offer better prices. You may simply be collateral damage in their efforts to win completely different markets. The good news is that any business can master the strategy of the start-ups. Larry Downes and Paul Nunes analyze the origins, economics, and anatomy of Big Bang Disruption. They identify four key stages of the new innovation life cycle, helping you spot potential disruptors in time. And they offer twelve rules for defending your markets, launching disruptors of your own, and getting out while there’s still time. Based on extensive research by the Accenture Institute for High Performance and in-depth interviews with entrepreneurs, investors, and executives from more than thirty industries, Big Bang Disruption will arm you with strategies and insights to thrive in this brave new world.



A World Gone Social

A World Gone Social Author Ted Coine
ISBN-10 9780814433270
Release 2014-09-17
Pages 256
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The Social Revolution's impact on the business world cannot be over-estimated. Like the meteor that likely precipitated the end of the dinosaurs, Social is the catalyst in an extinction event--and business as we know it has changed forever. A World Gone Social offers an eye-opening look at fundamental and powerful changes the social collaboration era has set in motion: Customers now have the power--just watch what happens as more realize it! With increased transparency, businesses must be more ethical--no more pretending Command-and-control leadership is now so inefficient, it is a liability Nimble and small is the new competitive advantage--few corporations are capable of the agility required by evolving marketplaces Recruiting is now a two-way proposition, with job seekers able to peer behind the corporate curtain Relationship and community-building is how customers and brand ambassadors are won--and retained Engagement--with partners, employees, and customers--is not a luxury; it is a requirement. Each chapter provides compelling stories and concrete examples of companies demonstrating enlightened business practices and doing Social right--and some that are not--and the lessons to be learned from their experiences. Finally, readers will discover how to objectively assess the fit ness of their own company's culture and social presence...so they may successfully transition from a 20th- to a 21st-century "social" organization.