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How to Achieve Competitive Advantage Through Innovation - Guest Article by Julia  Myllylä

[fa icon="calendar'] January 16 / by Julia Myllylä posted in Strategic planning, Innovation, culture, strategy

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Innovation is one of the keys to growing your business and increasing its competitiveness that you can include in your strategic planning process. It can help you to improve your productivity, reduce costs and become more profitable. Because small to mid-sized companies usually aren’t as capable of benefiting from economies of scale to the same extent that big companies can, the ability to innovate becomes even more important.

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Risk as a Strategy for Innovation - Guest Post by Wesley Middleton

[fa icon="calendar'] January 20 / by Wesley Middleton posted in Leadership, Innovation, risk management, strategy

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As I talk to various leaders about their experience, I am exposed to many different styles and leaders from many different walks of life. I have a high level of respect for those that I know in the Armed Forces Special Operations. I find they have incredible experiences and have been privileged to work with some of the finest leaders in the world.  I find they share two distinct traits; they constantly searched for ways to improve their themselves and they are active leaders, active in that they are leaders who are constantly improving their teams and are striving to get the most out of them.  These Special Ops leaders create a culture that encourages taking calculated risks by empowering and inspiring their followers.  In my book, I define this style of leadership as, Violent Leadership.         

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Using Planning to Balance Innovation and Processes: Interview with Rob Attwell

[fa icon="calendar'] July 26 / by Grace Lu posted in Strategic planning, Innovation, podcast

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Rob Attwell, COO of Careteam Technologies, joins us for a chat on the strategies he uses to effectively manage his team and understand his clients. Overloading on processes has been known for slowing down innovation, but Rob talks about how Careteam is able to balance both while scaling up a nine-month start-up. Finally, Rob emphasizes that there is no excuse for not planning for the future.

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500 Tech Founders Weigh Into the State of Startups

[fa icon="calendar'] December 22 / by Anthony Taylor posted in Strategic planning, Innovation, technology, startups

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Everyone knows that technology is changing the way we work, and new companies are disrupting the business landscape on a daily basis. If you are one of those companies that is changing the game and are blazing a new path for industry, how do you know what to do next, or where the best opportunities are, and how do you prepare your company to take advantage of them?

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Change Your Thinking on Risk Taking and Innovation,  Part II

[fa icon="calendar'] October 23 / by Lynn Oucharek posted in Leadership, Innovation

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I once watched two little league baseball teams in a final game go head to head. On 

one side was the top ranked team, on the other the underdog who were second to last in the
standings. The top ranked team’s coach was intense, angry and wasn’t afraid to let
his team know that they were not performing to their maximum potential.

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Risk Taking and Innovation, Changing Your Ideas

[fa icon="calendar'] September 14 / by Lynn Oucharek posted in Business strategy, Change management, Innovation

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If you’re watching the ongoing shifts in the economy, technology and culture you may be feeling a little dizzy.  For some it’s exciting but there are plenty of moments when it can be almost overwhelming.

You can tell it’s impacting the way you make decisions, and your organization  has no choice but to keep shifting and adjusting along side of your plans. 

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When You Are Innovating, Think Inside the Box

[fa icon="calendar'] December 10 / by Sayed Ifran posted in Business strategy, Innovation

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As someone trained in the field of decision sciences, I am encouraged to look at organizational (business) problem solving in a fairly structured way. This paradigm focuses on three questions in an objective and, indeed, a pretty straightforward manner:

1. What is the problem?
2. What are the alternatives?
3. Which alternative is the best?

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