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The Big Shift in Business Models

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In the Big Shift , we are all experiencing mounting performance pressure. So, what is a business model? It’s ultimately all about money. Payment.

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Harnessing the True Potential of Internet of Things Technology

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In my last blog post , I explored at a high level the likely evolution of business models in the Big Shift. Despite all the hype, businesses are still significantly under-estimating the business impact of Internet of Things (IoT) technology. The Internet of Things space. Current applications for this technology. What are some examples?

The Big Shift in Strategy - Part 1

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Position in the future, not the present As I indicated in a couple of earlier blog posts here and here , strategies of position still matter, but I didn’t sufficiently emphasize that these new strategies need to focus on the most attractive and advantaged positions in future landscapes, not the current landscape. What do I mean by this?

The Big Shift in Strategy - Part 2

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In my last blog post , I suggested that we’re going through a big shift in strategy from strategies of terrain to strategies of trajectory.  Most strategies (strategies of terrain) tend to look from the present out to the future.   But that’s exactly what makes strategies of trajectory so valuable. Shaping. Motivating. Measuring.

Making a Movement: Narratives and Creation Spaces

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This is worthy of a series of blog postings, but let me start with some brief suggestions, all driven by one of my mantras: “small moves, smartly made, can set big things in motion.”. What better day than Labor Day in the US to explore movements and narratives? Labor Day emerged directly from the powerful labor movement in the US.

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The Untapped Potential of Corporate Narratives

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But I draw two critical distinctions which I’ve developed in more detail elsewhere (my early thinking on this topic is available in a blog and a SXSW talk ). In a time of mounting performance pressure and growing uncertainty, narratives will make the difference between institutions that crumble and institutions that grow stronger. Will you?

Shift Happens

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And, yes, this is the shortest blog post I've ever written I’m writing to announce an edge initiative from the Center for the Edge. We all know that most executives are pressed for time – it’s one of the main reasons companies fall into the “short-termism” trap. Who has time to pay attention to long-term trends? But, here’s the problem.

A Contrarian View on Resilience

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Nassim Nicholas Taleb in his powerful new book coins the term “antifragility” to describe many of the same things that I am trying capture here. I’ll be reviewing Taleb’s book in a blog post that will go up here next week. Everyone is talking about it and writing about it. We all seem to want to develop more resilience. How can I say that?

What Is To Be Done? (Part 1)

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This blog post will focus on the first element – passion – and in subsequent blog posts I’ll layer in the other two elements. My last post on The Dark Side of Technology definitely seems to have hit a responsive chord. Many of us see evidence of this dark side of technology every day in the world around us. So, what are those steps?

The evolution of design to amplify flow

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As with most great books, this one is impossible to summarize in a brief blog, but I will try to offer enough of a glimpse to tease you into buying and reading the book. If we want to understand the importance of flows in our world, the new book Design in Nature released this week by Adrian Bejan and J. Peder Zane is a must-read.

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The Pull of Narrative – In Search of Persistent Context

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  As for text, it has been progressively deconstructed from books to articles to blog postings to 140 character tweets. We live in a world of ever more change and choice , a world where we have far more opportunity than ever to achieve our potential. That kind of world is enormously exciting, and full of options. Content versus context.

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Some Further Thoughts on Corporate Narratives

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Last week, I posted a blog exploring the power of corporate narratives while challenging what most people view as a corporate narrative. This was only the latest installment in my continuing exploration of narratives that began with an earlier blog posting and a talk that I gave earlier this year at SXSW. Stories versus narratives?

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Great Stagnation or Big Shift? The Answer Matters

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My next blog post will address a book that helps to make the case for urgency A new book by my old friend Tyler Cowen, The Great Stagnation , has taken the media by storm, leading Business Week to proclaim Tyler as “America’s hottest economist” , even though his book was initially published only as an e-book.    Who loses?

A Welcome Call to Greatness

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Well, that would take at least one more blog post to sketch out and perhaps a book to do it justice. "That Used to Be Us" is a welcome new book from Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum.    It is an eloquent wake-up call at an important time in our history.    We will ignore it at our peril. The transition.

Reviewing "A New Culture of Learning"

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It would be far too ambitious to try to summarize this book in the space of a blog posting (even my long blog postings).  We all have the uncomfortable feeling that the education we received is serving us less and less well.   And this doesn’t even address our concerns for our children and grand-children. 

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The Power of Power Laws

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LeRoys Evolving Web Only Jay Fienberg and John Hagel make blog postings so dense and meaningful that I actually have print them out and write on them.

Passion Versus Obsession

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In a previous blog post , I asked the open question, “When does passion become obsession?” When I was a little boy, I was obsessed with chemistry.    I had a chemistry lab in my home and I could not wait to retreat to my little lab and conduct the most amazing experiments, exploring all kinds of permutations of chemical mixtures.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Community 2.0

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In this context, I recommend that everyone study Peter Morville’s Ambient Findability a book that I have blogged about here. Dont Count On It.

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Return on Attention and Infomediaries

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Most recently, Robert Scoble from Microsoft blogged about an epiphany he had earlier this week during a visit to Silicon Valley. Thanks!

A Labor Day Manifesto for a New World

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For more informatin about the Big Shift and the perspectives leading to my next book, check out the Big Shift blog that I write with John Seely Brown and Lang Davison on the Harvard Business Publishing site We speak on behalf of the creatives who are passionate about their work. Who are passionate creatives? But the journey will not be easy. 

Pareto Power and Leveraged Growth

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My previous blog posting focused on the application of the Pareto 80/20 rule to cost restructuring.   But that is the focus of yet another blog post.   In a time of increasing economic pressure, more companies are likely to discover the power of Pareto. Cost restructuring. The challenge of growth. mindset. 

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Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Institutional Innovation

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Dont Count On It. Innovation is a key engine for growth and profitability yet few companies do it well and consistently. What’s Different? Modularity.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The Economics of Attention

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The good news is that Goldhaber has posted a draft of one of his chapters of his long-awaited book The Emerging Attention Economy on his blog.

From Research Monographs to Story-Telling: New Forms of Communication in the Big Shift

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And, yes, I am aware of the profound irony that I wrote this entire blog posting without telling a single story. I am a prisoner of my 20th century education and still struggling to master the art of story telling The Big Shift cascades through all dimensions of our life.  20th century communication - research monographs rule.  

Innovation on the Edge

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The emergence of a theme. Instinctively, I have been drawn to various edges because of the opportunity and challenge they represent. See a pattern here? The Business Week column. About six months ago, JSB and I launched another edge initiative. Phoning from the Edge – exploring Google’s edge innovation in telecommunications. Why edges matter.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Mastering New Marketing Practices

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Online marketing can be done through emails, blogs, online advertisements, back linking, and other SEO techniques. Dont Count On It. Or do they?

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Hamel on Management Innovation

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Dont Count On It. It’s really two articles in one – and theres an underlying tension between the two articles. So far, so good. One more thing.

Challenging Mindsets: From Reverse Innovation to Innovation Blowback

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In an earlier blog posting , I also contrasted different forms of institutional innovation emerging in India and China. Views on innovation in developing economies are evolving rapidly, yet they still do not capture the full significance of what is going on. Early view of innovation. Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid. Reverse innovation.

Stupidity and the Internet

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Some of the best responses (including some rejoinders by Nick) are available at the Edge and the Brittanica blog. Nick Carr has a talent for stirring debate. I’ve been drawn in to such debates in the past and, once again, I find that I cannot resist. But what was not said was often more interesting than what was said. Is content all there is?

Shift Happens – The Future of Advertising

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In this context, Esther Dyson wrote a great op ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on February 11 on “The Coming Ad Revolution” (a longer version is available at her blog here ) highlighting the “walled gardens” that users themselves are cultivating to connect with each other and with favored vendors. Advertising is a case in point.

Shift Happens Redux

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Hopefully the scope and size of this undertaking will help to explain why it has been a while since I posted to this blog.  If you haven’t already checked it out, I am posting some early views of the book themes at my blog, The Big Shift.  Today is a big day.    I have been just a bit distracted.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: The World Is Spiky

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the coming together of creative minds via social technologies like blogs, collaborative gaming and (in the future) VR. Dont Count On It.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Wasting Talent

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Dont Count On It. This squeeze comes from two different directions simultaneously – customers and talent. But, what do they measure? What is talent?

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: SOA Versus Web 2.0?

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For those who have not been following my blog, I attempted my own definition of Web 2.0 Dont Count On It. technologies for the enterprise.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Unbundling and Rebundling

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Dont Count On It. In the past few weeks, we have seen Mittal Steel’s acquisition bid for Arcelor, Phelps Dodge’s acquisition of both Inco Ltd.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Dubai - Global Talent Magnet

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Dont Count On It. Far from it. In fact, in terms of population, it is entirely at the other end of the scale. Dubailand, of course, will be bigger.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Doc Searls and The Intention Economy

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" Steve Posted by: Steve Hoffman | March 13, 2006 at 06:08 AM I have just found your blog after Etienne Wenger gave me one of your books.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Disney, Pixar and Jobs

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The big news last week was Malcolm Galdwell dipping his toe in the blogging. Dont Count On It. The coverage generally welcomes the acquisition.

The Power of Pull Has Finally Arrived

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This is an extended version of a more abbreviated blog posting that appeared a few days ago at the Harvard Business Review blog site When you write a book, there comes a point when you begin to believe it will never see the light of day. We began writing it more than a year ago, and the direct research started even further back.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Ambient Findability

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Dont Count On It. It’s abstract, likely to be complicated and expensive and unlikely to produce near-term revenue, much less profit, impact.