Published on: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
What is design-driven innovation? "It's not just about packaging and graphics," said Mauro Porcini during his stage presentation at the World Innovation Forum in NYC. Porcini, an expert in infusing design thinking into an organization's culture with an innovative, consumer-center approach, said, "It's not just about styling. It's all about people. It starts with people, understanding people."
He stressed how companies can engage people beyond the products they create through ideas and through a vision. "Every time we say we don't design products, we design experiences, there's always a double level of connection and communication between people and product brands," explained Porcini. He said the first level of communication is between you and the product, the pleasure derived from the product.
Published on: Monday, December 02, 2013
There are invisible barriers to strategy execution. Business-as-usual objectives getting substituted for strategic objectives is a common problem preventing companies from making real progress. Read How to Make Sure Strategy Doesn't Kill Your Business
and learn three rules to improve your strategy execution.
Listening, learning and immediately contributing all stem from one's attitude. Find out why attitude matters most when you read 5 Ways New Employees Reveal They're Exceptional.
The vast majority of poor business decisions arise from one of five types of mistakes. If you aren't on the lookout for them, you'll fall prey too. No matter what type of business you run, you'll want to read The Five Traps of High-Stakes Decision-Making.
Published on: Wednesday, November 27, 2013
As part of ExecuNet membership, I conduct a weekly teleconference called Six-Figure Hotline where members call in to ask the questions keeping them up at night, and to gain market and trend insight from the career experts who join me in talking about issues that are important to executives today.
In one such teleconference, Linda Van Valkenburgh, an executive career strategist and an ExecuNet networking meetings
facilitator, joined me. A member asked, "What should be included in an effective email signature?"
Published on: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
It was getting close to lunchtime and the people seated around the table — the CEO and seven of his direct reports — were clearly getting antsy. But it wasn't because they were hungry. In fact, they'd been eating snacks all morning, mostly out of boredom.
The COO was at the front of the room, talking through slides projected on a screen. The conversation was primarily one-way, with the COO explaining and, when necessary, defending his work.
Finally, when we broke for lunch, the CEO took me aside and told me what we all already knew: "This is a waste of time."
Published on: Monday, November 25, 2013
ExecuNet's exclusive Executive Job Creation Index dipped slightly to +7 in October from +13 in September. This continues to be a pattern of up and down slow growth expectations by executive recruiters toward the executive employment section for the next six months. Recruiters still believe just one in five companies will add executive staff in the next six months and that has been basically true for the last 10 months.