Keys To Flawless Execution of Your Business Strategy Keys To Flawless Execution of Your Business Strategy includes: Barriers to Growth- Every company hits very predictable walls as it tries to grow profitably. Get a clear understanding of these walls, their causes, where they occur and what to do to prepare to climb over them quickly and effectively. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ Learn simple, practical tools to set priorities, utilize right metrics and establish an effective executive team meeting rhythm. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ CEO and Executive Leadership- Reviews four specific steps on how to get your leadership team working together in a healthy, cohesive and productive manner. Ã¢â‚¬Â¢ The Execution RoadmapÃ¢â€žÂ¢- Learn how to build a dynamic strategic plan into practical bite-size pieces that an organization can execute in short bursts.
How To Setup A Successful Kickstarter Campaign I am a frequent visitor to the always interesting Kickstarter and IndieGoGo websites. There are always new and cool crowdfunding opportunities and kickstarter campaigns that could change the way things are done, no matter what it is. As you might have understood I am frequenting the technology sections of both of these sites, but I have to admit Kickstarter is my favorite as they seem to make the vital information available more easily. As we are always covering IndieGoGo and Kickstarter campaigns here at Bit Rebels, we decided to team up with NowSourcing to put together a successful Kickstarter campaign guide for all of you who are looking to put together your own Kickstarter campaign. Crowdfunding is a great way to get your project funded before it is done and has helped countless startups realize their dreams. It is of course impossible to follow the average amount if your product or product development is in need of a much higher amount in order to be realized.
Compete on Know-Why, Not Know-How - Adam Richardson by Adam Richardson | 12:50 PM April 12, 2012 Do you know why you make the products or offer the services you do? Too often I find that companies don’t have a clear enough sense of why they do what they do. This is especially problematic when companies decide to innovate. I call these types of insights core insights, a concept which I first introduced in my book, Innovation X. A case in point: The Prius has become such a strategic product that Toyota is in the process of turning it into a full sub-brand and a range of vehicles. But the success of the Prius wasn’t a slam dunk. So how do you sell a more expensive economy car, especially one with an unfamiliar, unproven technology? After the economy-focused first generation car proved the viability of the technology, Toyota had a core insight for the second generation car that cracked this conundrum. Toyota had industry survey data showing that customers said they would pay up to 20% more for hybrid cars. 1. 2. 3.
Are You Solving a Puzzle or a Mystery? Innovation is all about coming up with new solutions to solve problems. But here’s an interesting question: is the problem that you’re trying to solve a puzzle or a mystery? The distinction was made by Gregory Treverton and highlighted by Malcolm Gladwell in a piece he wrote on Enron a few years ago. According to Treverton, a puzzle is a problem that can be solved if you have more information (or the right information). The national-security expert Gregory Treverton has famously made a distinction between puzzles and mysteries. Puzzles are attractive because, as Gladwell points out, they come to clean conclusions. We are strongly drawn to puzzles because of how clear-cut they are. Unfortunately, many of the big problems that we face are not puzzles, but rather mysteries. Jeanne Liedtka and Tim Ogilvie pick up on this distinction in their outstanding book Designing for Growth: A Design Thinking Toolkit for Managers. They say that incremental innovations are puzzles.
Three Steps to Generating Social Gravity - Mark Bonchek by Mark Bonchek | 11:07 AM April 2, 2012 In a social age, people don’t like to be pushed. As described in my last post, top brands like Apple, Google, and Nike are using a new model based on pulling rather than pushing. They create a gravitational field that attracts customers into orbit around their brand. This kind of social gravity isn’t just about how many likes you can get on Facebook. How can you shift from push to pull and create your own social gravity? 1. 2. Engagement platforms are built from multiple layers working together. One of the reasons why orbit strategies are becoming so popular is that social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and Google provide ready-made identity, data, and relationship layers. There are five types of engagement strategies that are particularly common. a. These aren’t the only strategies. 3. Apple’s platforms are integrally connected with partners, whether music companies for iTunes or developers for the App store.
Innovation Excellence 3 Traits of Successful Crowdfunding Projects For an increasing number of startups, crowdfunding is a way to get their companies off the ground when traditional avenues, such as a bank loan, are not an option. Crowdfunding is a way to raise money by getting small donations from a large number of people, and sometimes the end result is big. For example, the Pebble watch that synchs with your smartphone raised over $10 million on crowdfunding platform Kickstarter. Wondering if your business idea would be backed by a crowd of investors? Consider these three traits of successful crowdfunders, according to by Brian Meece, the CEO and co-founder of RocketHub.com, a New York City-based crowdfunding platform. 1. “Crowdfunding is built around relationships,” says Meece. Related: 7 Ways Entrepreneurs Will Ride Crowdfunding's Ripple Effect You have to be willing and prepared to put yourself in front of the crowd of investors and connect with them directly, through a video or photos. 2. Related: Shaping Crowdfunding 2.0 3.
Business Incubation Toolkit infoDev.org/ idisctoolkit Activity File A live resource for Business Incubators' Managers in Developing Countries Summary info Dev's Incubator Support Center (iDisc.net) is a virtual networking and knowledge-sharing platform for incubators and technology parks leveraging ICT to facilitate entrepreneurship and new business creation in developing countries. Background The info Dev Business Incubation Toolkit is a live resource for business incubator managers. The toolkit is only one of the tools available on iDISC, info Dev's Incubator Support Center, a virtual networking and knowledge-sharing platform for incubators and technology parks leveraging ICT to facilitate entrepreneurship and new business creation in developing countries. As a Business Incubator Manager, you may want to share your experiences with us and contribute to building this toolkit. Please contact one of our regional facilitators:
Podium by YouNoodle | Advancing Great Ideas. 5 High Value Lead Generation Strategies Lead generation is the lifeblood of most companies. The number of platforms, brokers, agencies, and websites dealing with lead generation attests to how important and how much money is at stake when it comes to generating leads. LinkedIn alone lists over 1,000 lead generation related groups. In this blog post, we look at using Big Data to rise above the noise to improve your lead generation programs. If you already know who your best leads are, then you should be focusing your marketing efforts on generating more leads like them. You can create detailed personas of your best prospects by enhancing your database with demographic, social, professional, and interest data (There are plenty of 3rd party solutions, including Pipl’s, to help you with this). If you know who you’re marketing to and what’s important to them, it’s much easier to decide where and how to market. courtesy Ant Mace Each persona reacts differently to marketing messaging & offers, as well as frequents different sites 2. 3. 4.
Five Questions Every Leader Should Ask About Organizational Design - John Beeson by John Beeson | 11:00 AM January 23, 2014 A few years ago Dave Ulrich, a management thought leader from the University of Michigan, made a comment I found both insightful and profound: “Every leader needs to have a model of organization design.” Typically a graphic depiction of the organizational components to be addressed in a redesign (for example, McKinsey’s 7S model, which includes strategy, structure, systems, staff, skills, and so on), every consultant and his brother flogs an organization design model. Dave didn’t advocate any particular design model, just one the leader knows how to employ and one flexible enough to be applied to the range of organizational situations a leader faces in the course of a career. Once upon a time, “organization design” meant bringing in a slew of consultants to oversee a large-scale organizational restructuring, most often intended to take out big chunks of cost during an economic downturn.