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Entrepreneur | Challenge Assumptions. Don’t Be Afraid of Taking a Different Tack.

Leaders need to realize that while it is easier to simply hold on to old assumptions, eventually that course of action can prove disastrous.

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The Danger of “Groupidity”

The problem with “groupidity” is that few people will have the nerve/courage to speak their mind in the face of group pressure. People who present concerning information or are critical are often characterized as having bad social skills or being loaners.

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Forbes | Disrupt Your Business Before Someone Else Does

  By Rebecca O. Bagley If you don’t do it, your competitor will. That was the message former Microsoft COO Bob Herbold delivered to professors, students and business leaders in Cleveland recently. Herbold spoke at the Case School of Engineering’s annual banquet, where he shared his insights on leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship. Herbold shared two well-known stories [...]

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What a Well-Known Clothing Store Can Teach Us about Autocrats and Big Egos

During the 2003 to 2007 period, Abercrombie & Fitch was highly successful, featuring clothing for the “elite, cool, young adult,” with advertising that was very brash and sexy. The stock price rose from $30 to the low $80 range. In a recent issue of the New York Magazine, the story is told of that successful period, and the difficult times since then, with the stock bouncing around in the low $30’s recently.

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Proof, Not Wild Promises: Lessons Learned from IBM’s Watson

In a recent Businessweek article, the writer pointed out that IBM’s CEO promised that Watson, their supercomputer that had success answering tough trivia questions on the TV show Jeopardy, will generate $10 billion in annual revenue within 10 years.   This is surprising, given that the CEO also noted that Watson is currently generating business at [...]

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The Power of “Sense of Purpose”

A recent Harvard Business Review article reported on research dealing with the role of “sense of purpose” in enabling companies to attract top talent and achieve strong results. They single out BlackRock as a prime example. Founded 25 years ago, BlackRock has quickly become the largest asset management firm in the world. Currently it is generating its best ever revenue and profits, and its stock price is up 50% versus year ago and is five times higher than it was in 2004.

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The Path to Mediocrity: Pride and Protectiveness

A leader needs to create a culture that is tightly focused on finding new ideas and approaches and trying them out. Too often we see success causing people to believe they have finally figured things out and that the challenge now is to not mess it up; that is, they become very protective of the status quo.

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SmartBlog | Switch & Shift – Don’t respond defensively!

A couple of months ago, a Tesla owner in California plugged his Model S into an outlet in his garage to recharge it, only to realize shortly thereafter that his garage was on fire! The local Orange County Fire Authority isolated the problem to overheating of the Tesla adapter and the wall outlet that the adaptor [...]

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Leadership Lessons from the Super Bowl

While I was watching the Seattle Seahawks thump the Denver Broncos, I was struck by how many times the announcers made the comment that many of the players on the very young Seahawk team were recent 6th or 7th round draft picks. They were amazed that these players seemed to be playing way above what their past “credentials” would suggest they would be able to do.

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A Lesson from IBM: He Who Hesitates Loses

To me, the most disappointing part of their Q4 report was that back at the end of the prior quarter (Q3 of 2013), IBM had reported a 17% drop in hardware sales and at that time the executives said they hoped that their hardware division would stabilize in the fourth quarter. It’s as if they don’t really understand the technological inflection point that the hardware industry is going through, as the world increasingly supports cloud computing and services.

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