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The Idea-Driven Organization: Unlocking the Power in Bottom-Up Ideas

Alan G. Robinson - 2014
    Yet the reality is often quite different. Robinson and Schroeder make a bold claim that the quality of a company's output is directly related to a business measure that few companies track or understand: the ideas of employees. Ironically, the authors show that most managers and organizations are better at suppressing ideas than encouraging them. Many well-managed companies would pride themselves if they implemented one or two ideas per employee each year on the frontline. Yet high-performing idea-driven companies may implement 50 to 100 or more ideas per employee per year--and they keep count, too. In fact, Robinson and Schroeder show that idea-driven organizations are relatively rare, despite their competitive advantages.The fundamental block to high-quality idea systems is leadership. Ideas are entirely voluntary, and employees won't generate or support them if they're misled. More than this, employees can't implement ideas if they need to seek approval at upper levels for simple improvements they understand better than their bosses. In organizations where ideas are brought to the core of strategy, systems, and management, the effect is electric. Employees are more engaged, productive, and creative. Businesses become more innovative and resilient with only minimal management inputs. The authors predict that idea-driven organizations will become the rule rather than exception. This book offers the complete guide to designing and leading this organization of the future.

The Power of Why: Breaking Out In a Competitive Marketplace

C. Richard Weylman - 2013
    Richard Weylman has the answer to these questions. Customers don’t care if a business is different or that its products are unusual. Trumpeting achievements such as “We were voted #1 again,” “Rated best service three years running,” or “We’re experienced” doesn’t engage buyers emotionally. It is seller-centric thinking in a buyer-centric world.When customers decide where to buy, they have one thing in mind: Why should I do business with this company? Will it solve my problem, today? Buyers want to do business with companies willing to make a customer-centric promise of expected outcome: up-front and unconditional. This isn’t just a slogan; it has to be in the company’s DNA, consistently delivered through all parts of the organization.The Power of Why shows readers how to elevate their business performance regardless of their situation or position. Offering the same actionable, hands-on strategies Weylman has used to help companies of all sizes grow in the toughest conditions, The Power of Why is the new manual for business survival and growth.

Supermaker: Crafting Business on Your Own Terms

Jaime Schmidt - 2020
    Supermaker empowers and unites the next generation of entrepreneurs.• A go-to guide for the passion-to-profit journey.• The perfect read for aspiring entrepreneurs, makers, creatives, and anyone with an interest in natural products, selling your products online, retail strategy, and digital marketing.• Great for anyone who enjoyed Start Something That Matters by Blake Mycoskie, Craft, Inc: Turn Your Creative Hobby into a Business by Meg Mateo Ilasco, and The Girls' Guide to Starting Your Own Business: Candid Advice, Frank Talk, and True Stories for the Successful Entrepreneur by Caitlin Friedman.

Big Brands, Big Trouble: Lessons Learned the Hard Way

Jack Trout - 2001
     It wasn't long ago that Levi-Strauss, Xerox, Crest, AT&T, Firestone, and Digital Equipment dominated their respective markets. What happened to undermine their standings and of those of other superbrands? Are their declines simply the inevitable consequence of change and the birth of new competition? In this important predecessor to the classic Differentiate or Die, "the king of positioning," Jack Trout answers that question with a resounding "No!" Writing in his signature, straight-from-the-hip style he reveals the disastrous marketing and strategy blunders that led to the dissolution of the most recognized superbrands. He clearly shows how those mistakes could have been avoided. With the help of in-depth case studies chronicling the events leading up to the falls from grace of Sears, Miller Brewing, Xerox, Crest, Burger King, and other past market leaders, he identifies the ten most common mistakes that big brands make, and he develops a set of expert guidelines for marketing managers and executives on how to build, protect, manage, and expand their companies' brands and avoid brand-killing blunders.

Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online

Brian Halligan - 2014
    Written by top marketing and startup bloggers, the book contains the latest information about customer behavior and preferred digital experiences. From the latest insights on lead nurturing and visual marketing to advice on producing remarkable content by building tools, readers will gain the information they need to transform their marketing online.With outbound marketing methods becoming less effective, the time to embrace inbound marketing is now. Cold calling, e-mail blasts, and direct mail are turning consumers off to an ever-greater extent, so consumers are increasingly doing research online to choose companies and products that meet their needs. "Inbound Marketing" recognizes these behavioral changes as opportunities, and explains how marketers can make the most of this shift online. This not only addresses turning strangers into website visitors, but explains how best to convert those visitors to leads, and to nurture those leads to the point of becoming delighted customers.Gain the insight that can increase marketing value with topics like: Inbound marketing - strategy, reputation, and tracking progressVisibility - getting found, and why content mattersConverting customers - turning prospects into leads and leads into customersBetter decisions - picking people, agencies, and campaignsThe book also contains essential tools and resources that help build an effective marketing strategy, and tips for organizations of all sizes looking to build a reputation. When consumer behaviors change, marketing must change with them."Inbound Marketing: Attract, Engage, and Delight Customers Online" is a complete guide to attracting, engaging, and delighting customers online.

The Innovation Blind Spot: Why We Back the Wrong Ideas And What to Do about It

Ross Baird - 2017
    But there's good news: The ideas that will solve our problems are hiding in plain sight. While big companies in the American economy have never been more successful, entrepreneurial activity is near a 30-year low. More businesses are dying than starting every day. Investors continue to dump billions of dollars into photo-sharing apps and food-delivery services, solving problems for only a wealthy sliver of the world's population, while challenges in health, food security, and education grow more serious.In The Innovation Blind Spot, entrepreneur and venture capitalist Ross Baird argues that the innovations that truly matter don't see the light of day--for reasons entirely of our own making. A handful of people in a handful of cities are deciding, behind closed doors, which entrepreneurs get a shot to succeed. And most investors are what Baird calls "two-pocket thinkers"--artificially separating their charitable work from their day job of making a profit.The resulting system creates rising income inequality, stifled entrepreneurial ambition, social distrust, and political uncertainty. Our innovation problem makes all our other problems harder to solve. In this book, Baird demonstrates how and where to find better ideas by lifting up people, places, and industries that are often overlooked. What's more, Baird ultimately outlines how to create long-term success through "one-pocket thinking"--eliminating the blind spot that separates "what we do for a living" and "what we really care about."

Managers Not MBAs: A Hard Look at the Soft Practice of Managing and Management Development

Henry Mintzberg - 2004
    "Using the classroom to help develop people already practicing management is a fine idea, but pretending to create managers out of people who have never managed is a sham."Leaders cannot be created in a classroom. They arise in context. But people who already practice management can significantly improve their effectiveness given the opportunity to learn thoughtfully from their own experience. Mintzberg calls for a more engaging approach to managing and a more reflective approach to management education. He also outlines how business schools can become true schools of management.

The E-Myth Accountant: Why Most Accounting Practices Don't Work and What to Do about It

Michael E. Gerber - 2010
    Featuring Gerber's signature easy-to-understand, easy-to-implement style, The E-Myth Accountant featuresGerber's universal appeal as a recognized expert on small businesses who has coached, taught, and trained over 60,000 small businesses A recognized and widely respected co-author and leader in the accounting field The E-Myth Accountant is the last guide you'll ever need to make the difference in building or developing your successful accounting practice.

Build a Brand in 30 Days: With Simon Middleton, the Brand Strategy Guru

Simon Middleton - 2010
    Simon Middleton shows you how to create, manage and communicate your brand profoundly and effectively, in just 30 days, by following 30 clear exercises. How you work through the book is up to you, the result will be the same: an authentic, compelling, and highly distinctive brand that will attract and engage customers and fans. You will learn how to:Establish your brand values and positioning Get the all-important name right Bring your brand to life Turn your customers into your advocates Manage your PR and use your marketing budget wisely Inspire your staff to live the brand too Deal with problems when something goes wrong Branding isn't about funky logos and expensive advertising. Your brand is what your company means to the world. Getting that meaning right is the most important thing you can do in business.'Passionate and persuasive, Simon Middleton has a natural instinct for uncovering the Wow! factor in every brand.' Dawn Gibbins MBE, Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year and Star of Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire

Do More Faster: Techstars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup

David G. Cohen - 2010
    cities. Once a year in each city, it funds about ten Internet startups with a small amount of capital and surrounds them with around fifty top Internet entrepreneurs and investors. Historically, about seventy-five percent of the companies that go through TechStars raise a meaningful amount of angel or venture capital. Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup is a collection of advice that comes from individuals who have passed through, or are part of, this proven program. Each vignette is an exploration of information often heard during the TechStars program and provides practical insights into early stage entrepreneurship.Contains seven sections, each focusing on a major theme within the TechStars program, including idea and vision, fundraising, legal and structure, and work/life balance Created by two highly regarded experts in the world of early stage investing Essays in each section come from the experienced author team as well as TechStar mentors, entrepreneurs, and founders of companies While you'll ultimately have to make your own decisions about what's right for your business, Do More Faster: TechStars Lessons to Accelerate Your Startup can get your entrepreneurial endeavor headed in the right direction.

Great Work Great Career

Stephen R. Covey - 2009
    Stephen R. Covey, and his associate Jennifer Colosimo offer this complete handbook for anyone seeking a job or a more fulfilling career. Great Work, Great Career provides steps and tools for becoming indispensable in the work you choose.

Difference: The one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing

Bernadette Jiwa - 2014
    The Difference Map is now an essential component for anyone who is serious about doing work that matters, and Bernadette Jiwa is the bright new star to lead us there." —SETH GODIN MARKETING IS NOT A DEPARTMENT IT'S THE STORY OF HOW YOU CREATE DIFFERENCE FOR YOUR CUSTOMERS. We spent $500 billion globally on advertising in 2013. Every year we're spending more money, to interrupt more people, more often, with messages they don't care about and don't pay attention to. We've come to believe that the way to succeed is to have an advantage—by being different or better, more visible, or just plain louder. What if, instead of finding ways to be one step ahead of your competition, you could build and market your business to give people a reason to choose you? What if you could completely reinvent a category or experience? What if you could stop trying to beat the competition, and become the competition? Difference lifts the lid on how brands like Airbnb, Uber and Apple have succeeded by creating difference and gives you a new one-page method for reimagining your business and reinventing your marketing. It helps you to recognise opportunities that create value, to develop products and services that people want, and to matter to your customers. ADVANCE PRAISE FOR 'DIFFERENCE' An inspiring read and a truly powerful tool. Bernadette is a rare find - she doesn't just know what she's talking about, she's not afraid to stand for why it matters. What better way to describe the challenge we all face in trying to make real connections in today's world?" —JONATHAN RAYMOND EMYTH, CHIEF BRAND OFFICER "Have you wondered about that 'certain something' that makes an extraordinary business? Bernadette's stylish little book is that 'certain something' explained." —MARK SCHAEFER AUTHOR OF RETURN ON INFLUENCE Bernadette Jiwa is a hidden gem—'Difference' is a modern day anthology of how to distinguish and celebrate your uniqueness in the marketplace. Her imaginative one-page thinking tool will not only ignite your creativity; more importantly, it will uncover the soul of your business. —MOE ABDOU CEO, 33 VOICES Bernadette is the Banksy of the marketing world. —MERRYN PADGETT FOUNDER, EARTH & SEA CREATIVE

Full Steam Ahead!: Unleash the Power of Vision in Your Work and Your Life

Kenneth H. Blanchard - 2003
    NEW EDITION, REVISED AND UPDATED Through a beautifully written, engaging story about two people who are struggling to create visions--both for the company where they work and for their own lives--Blanchard and Stoner detail the essential elements of creating a successful vision.In Full Steam Ahead! you'll learn: -How to use the power of vision to get focused, get energized, and get great results -How to create a vision that touches the hearts and spirits of everyone in your organization -How to create a vision for your own life that provides meaning and directionThis new edition is thoroughly revised, with a new chapter on sustaining your vision, updated examples, more information on creating vision for teams, and a new section that includes a vision assessment and a game plan for creating a shared vision.

Everything I Know About Business I Learned from the Grateful Dead: The Ten Most Innovative Lessons from a Long, Strange Trip

Barry Barnes - 2011
    But let's admit it, they were not exactly poster boys for corporate America. In Everything I Know About Business I Learned From the Grateful Dead, Deadhead and business scholar Barry Barnes proves that the Dead's influence on the business world will turn out to be a significant part of their legacy. Without intending to, the band pioneered ideas and practices that were subsequently embraced by American corporations. And in this book Barnes shares the ten most innovative business lessons from the Dead's illustrious career, including: Creating and delivering superior customer value Incorporating and establishing a board of directors early on Founding a merchandising division Giving away your product for free to increase demand Above all, Barnes explains how the Dead were masters of what he calls "strategic improvisation"-the ability to adapt to changing times and circumstances -- and that their success lay precisely in their commitment to constant change and relentless variation. For an extraordinary thirty years, the Dead improvised a business plan and realized their vision -- all while making huge profits. Everything I Know About Business I Learned From the Greatful Dead will show you how they did it -- and what your business can learn from their long, strange trip.

Seven Strategy Questions: A Simple Approach for Better Execution

Robert Simons - 2010
    This means channeling resources into the right efforts, striking a balance between innovation and control, and getting everyone pulling in the same direction.How to accomplish all this? Continually ask the right questions, advises Harvard Business School professor Robert Simons. By posing these provocative questions, you identify critical gaps in your strategy execution processes, focus on the most important choices you must make, and understand what's at stake in each one.In this concise guide, Simons presents the seven key questions you and your team must regularly explore together:·Who is your primary customer? Have you organized your company to deliver maximum value to that customer?·How do your core values prioritize shareholders, employees, and customers? Is everyone in your company committed to those values?·What critical performance variables are you tracking? How are you creating accountability for performance on those variables?·What strategic boundaries have you set? Does everyone know what actions are off-limits?·How are you generating creative tension? Is that tension catalyzing innovation across units?·How committed are your employees to helping each other? Are they sharing responsibility for your company’s success?·What strategic uncertainties keep you awake at night? How are you riveting everyone's attention on those uncertainties?These questions force you to reexamine the unspoken assumptions underlying your strategy and analyze how it's implemented through your business processes and structures. Simons' extensive examples then help you understand your options and make the tough choices needed for your company to excel at execution.Drawing on decades of research into performance management systems and organization design, Seven Strategy Questions is a no-nonsense, must-read resource for all leaders in your organization.