The Rise of the Global Superstar Company

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The current rise of large companies is somewhat unexpected. Big, multinational companies dominated most industries, - from GM, Ford and Chrysler in cars to Esso/Exxon, Mobil and Texaco in oil and gas. Companies popped up to solve specific problems and then disappeared.

Apple is a clothing company

Doc Searls

Or that Angela Ahrendts , who runs those stores, came to the company from Burberry? Or that its Watch , sold as what the fashion business calls an accessory, clearly matters far more to the company than what we used to call “peripherals” (screens, printers, drives, etc.)

Companies and Movements

John Hagel

Movements and companies – what’s the intersection between these two? Sure, there are movements against companies – we all can name dozens of boycotts against specific companies for a variety of reasons, ranging from unfair labor practices to the politics of the countries they’re from. Even the labor movement that gave rise to Labor Day was at one level a movement against companies. But, what about companies that are catalysts and drivers of movements of their own?

The connected company

Dave Gray

Do you know what the average life expectancy for a company is? In a recent talk , John Hagel pointed out that the average life expectancy of a company in the S&P 500 has dropped precipitously, from 75 years (in 1937) to 15 years in a more recent study.

Some new elearning companies ;)

Clark Quinn

MicroBrain: this company has developed a system that makes it easy to take your existing courses and chunk them up into little bits. Any relation between the companies portrayed and real entities is purely coincidental. The post Some new elearning companies ;) appeared first on Learnlets. As I continue to track what’s happening, I get the opportunity to review a wide number of products and services.

Why People and Companies Die While Cities Keep Growing

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

In particular, he wondered if we could apply empirical, quantifiable and predictive scientific methods to help us better understand complex biological organisms and social organizations like cities and companies. How come cities live forever, while companies do not?

My Latest TEDxTalk “How Schools Can Save Companies From Collapsing”

Dan Pontefract

I decided to take the opportunity to discuss the link between what companies need in terms of graduates … and what schools of all shapes and sizes in the K-16 spectrum ought to be producing.

The Connected Company Review

Harold Jarche

I received a copy of Dave Gray’s The Connected Company from O’Reilly books and must say that Dave has done a great job. The book also includes a lot of detail (almost 300 pages) on how to shift to becoming a connected company as well as how to lead one.

networks are the new companies

Harold Jarche

This is a necessity in an economy where the average company lifespan continues to decrease. The company no longer offers the stability it once did as innovation, and resulting business disruption, comes from all corners. And to the earlier point, networks are the new companies.

Disruptive Innovations and Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A few weeks ago I gave a seminar at an executive management class for a large, global company. The class consisted of up-and-coming executives, roughly in their late 20s and early 30s with 5 - 10 years in the company. Given my long career at IBM, as well as my more recent involvement with Citi, it is not surprising that I am particularly interested in entrepreneurship and innovation in large companies. It is different with large companies.

Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work?

Dan Pontefract

Late last year I was at a dinner with a Board I won’t mention by name. There were roughly 50 people at the event. Tables were pre-assigned and I found myself sitting across from a chap in his mid-50′s whose professional job was an accountant. He worked at a rather large firm as a partner.

What is a connected company?

Dave Gray

Should Companies Block Access to Digital Tools?

Luis Suarez

In “ Should Companies Allow Facebook at Work? ” he comes to talk about that number of companies out there who, still, in 2013!,

Should Your Company Get on the Blockchain Learning Curve Now or Wait?

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

What should your company do? How should your company decide when and how to best embrace a disruptive new technology like blockchain? The legacy assets of older companies were like a noose around their neck. A few weeks ago I wrote about the current state of blockchain.

How To Build A Truly Purpose-Driven Company Through The Example Of Stocksy

Dan Pontefract

In fact, the company celebrated its 2 billionth Uber ride this past July. Whichever way you slice it, both companies are wreaking havoc on existing business models. These are not truly “sharing economy” companies.

Liberate Your Company Through Employee Engagement

Luis Suarez

This is the main reason and biggest issue why most companies are talking about employee engagement as a way to retain their talent, but why they also keep failing to deliver, because they aren’t capable of coming through to meet the needs of that social contract. .

A Company's Four Seasons

Martijn Linssen

Sometimes, very rarely, one of these is a private company, mammoth-size of course, a multinational enterprise gone wild. The entrepreneur launches his company, hires a few people, and prepares everything to grow, get out there, spread the word. Business or Pleasure? -

The 7 roles of company directors in driving successful innovation

Ross Dawson

The piece is below, providing a high-level view on the role of company directors in driving innovation. Whether companies are already industry leaders or are striving to grow their market presence, they must be able to reliably generate new approaches to their business.

Chance favours the Connected Company

Harold Jarche

Johnson in Where Good Ideas Come From who said “Chance favors the connected mind”, and inspired by Dave Gray’s The Connected Company , let me propose that Chance favours the Connected Company.

[infographic] Industrialized vs Humanized Companies

Jay Cross

See on Scoop.it – Emotion in the Workplace. How can being more open, trustworthy, and courageous through social media transform your corporation? Park Howell expands the idea of humanization vs. industrialization in this guest post.

What Makes a Company Good at IT?

Andy McAfee

It described some recent research we’ve been working on, in collaboration with McKinsey, on the broad question what makes a company ‘good at IT?’ We limited ourselves to publicly-traded companies so that we could make use of our second data source: their annual reports.

Power Shift – People Running Companies by Apple?

Luis Suarez

The balance of power from companies running people to, hopefully, people running companies ” [Emphasis mine]. I have been in the IT industry for well over 15 years now and for a good number of them I have been relying on multiple different systems. One of them being Windows.

#5 Top Train Stories: For Profit Train Companies form Association

Nine Shift

For-profit passenger train companies have just formed an association. . Another step forward for passenger trains being run by for-profit train companies. This just in! What's that mean? The for-profit passenger train effort is gaining momentum. NineShift has predicted that in the next decade passenger rail traffic will switch from public sector (Amtrak) to private sector providers. This will accompany a huge upswing in passenger train routes being activated. .

Good food and good company

Dave Snowden

Good food needs good company and the conversation was wide ranging. With KM Asia over for another year I went out for dinner with Patrick Lambe and Graham Durant-Law. Both old friends from the knowledge management world. We went to the Liang Kee Teochew Restaurant on Robertson Quay.

It’s not a company. It’s an idea.

Adaptive Path

What emerged was an intoxicating notion: Adaptive Path wasn’t just a company; it was an idea. A couple years ago, we took a step back to indulge ourselves in a navel-gazing exercise to consider what Adaptive Path was and what it should do.

Strategy and Thought Leadership: An overview of what our companies do for our clients

Ross Dawson

It is difficult to summarize the scope of our activities at the Advanced Human Technologies Group of companies. As such we have recently created a short guide to the major service offerings from our five companies as well as my own work as a keynote speaker and strategy facilitator.

Foreign train companies look to invest in U.S.

Nine Shift

He noted that foreign train companies are looking to invest, and make big money, in high speed trains in the United States, the world's biggest economy. . The day before Christianson's talk it was announced the Chinese rail agency form a partnership with a US company planning to build a high speed train from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

Can Normal Companies Provide Good Jobs? Yes.

Andy McAfee

In other words, they don’t seem to have a lot of faith that many companies by themselves will start providing their workers with better jobs — ones with higher pay, more predictable hours, better benefits, and greater opportunities for advancement. They portray most companies as feeling relentless pressure to reduce costs, with labor costs looming largest.

In a wired world, companies have to re-wire

Harold Jarche

All levels are necessary and knowledge has to flow between them, or companies will get disconnected from their markets and their people. Networked markets are beginning to self-organize faster than the companies that have traditionally served them.

“Never get sucked into the ‘company knows best’ approach to your career”

Jane Hart

Always remember that YOU are in charge of your career Never get sucked into the “company knows best” approach to your career.” And watch your company take off.” The quote in the title of this blog post comes from my favourite post in April 2016, When it comes to career. it’s up to every individual to stay relevant (Talent Management and HR, 25 April). Here’s a longer quote from that article.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel: Tests for Customer Focused Companies

John Hagel

» Tests for Customer Focused Companies Most companies claim to be customer-focused, yet few are. In a world where customers (both end consumers and intermediate customers) are becoming increasingly powerful, all companies declare that they are “customer-focused”.

Innovation in Education: Companies outside of USA?

George Siemens

What are the most innovative companies that you’ve come across that are NOT US-based Innovation in education is getting attention globally. Entrepreneurship may well be the force that finally brings structural change to higher education after 800 years. The epicentre of edtech innovation is the USA. At least, that’s the impression I get from the blogs and news sites that I follow. In particular, Audrey Watters is an excellent source for what’s happening in startups.

Showcasing Your Company and Careers with Video

Kevin Wheeler

Blog Post: Is there anything wrong with the term 'Company Culture'?

David Gurteen

By David Gurteen Is there anything wrong with the term Company Culture ? In an article in HBR, Why Company Culture Is a Misleading Term. But Dan Pontefract in a response in Forbes There Is Nothing Wrong With The Term Company Culture. John Traphagan thinks there is. thinks there isn't. Scott Adams has a thought provoking thought on culture too - Success improves culture more than a good culture can cause success.

Holding our companies, and ourselves, to a higher standard.

Euen Semple

The first was that the brand names of Polaroid and Blaupunkt are used on electronic products that are made my companies with no connection with either of those companies. Some of you work for companies that indulge in these practices, and no doubt worse. Many of us, including myself, work with or for these companies.

Blogging - Not on Company Time?

Tony Karrer

Their response was; if it helps you and you don't give away any secrets, and don't do it in company time, then that would be okay. The part I find interesting is "don't do it on company time". What if it helps the company? and my general sense has been that corporate policy would be that it would be okay to blog on company time if you are doing it to help you with your work activities. I saw a post by Dan Roddy - Do you have a blogging policy?

The importance of entrepreneurial organizations: lessons from global comparisons of company age

Ross Dawson

Last week I ran a workshop for the global leadership of the growth companies division of a major professional services firm. It shows when companies in the FT500 (as of 31 December 2007) were founded, shown by geographic region.

If credit card companies cared about security…

David Weinberger

When there’s a security issue, they wouldn’t robocall people and ask them to provide personal information. They would robocall people and ask them to call the number on the back of their cards. They would put people’s photographs on their credit cards. Citi used to offer that as a free option, but apparently has discontinued the practice

Megaliths to Cathedrals in good company

Dave Snowden

The end of a long day, weather, good company and interest made it pass quickly. Today was one of those perfect days weather wise here in Wiltshire. Blue skys, scudding clouds and enough wind to make the temperature idea.

Entrepreneurship and Innovation in Large Companies

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

A disproportionate number of entrepreneurial companies are, indeed, small start-ups. But the article then went on to define entrepreneurship as something that applies not only to new or small companies. The defining characteristic of entrepreneurship, then, is not the size of the company but the act of innovation.” Quite a few people think that entrepreneurship in large companies is an oxymoron. There is no alternative - the very survival of the company is at stake.