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Friday, 26 December 2014

Great innovation quotations

If you look at history, innovation doesn't come from just giving people incentives; it comes from creating environments where ideas can connect. ~ Steven Johnson

Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower. ~ Steve Jobs

The enterprise that does not innovate inevitably ages and declines. And in a period of rapid change such as the present … the decline will be fast. ~ Peter Drucker 

Most of us understand that innovation is enormously important. It's the only insurance against irrelevance. It's the only guarantee of long-term customer loyalty. It's the only strategy for out-performing a dismal economy. ~ Gary Hamel

Regular brainstorming is as critical to an organization as regular exercise is to your health. It creates a responsive, innovative culture. ~ Tom Kelley

Innovation is hard because "solving problems people didn't know they had" and "building something no one needs" looks identical at first. ~ Aaron Levie


Sunday, 21 December 2014

Great Michael Porter Strategy & Leadership Quotations

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. ~ Michael Porter

The company without a strategy is willing to try anything. ~ Michael Porter

The best CEOs I know are teachers, and at the core of what they teach is strategy. ~ Michael Porter

Sound strategy starts with having the right goal. ~ Michael Porter

So companies have to be very schizophrenic. On one hand, they have to maintain continuity of strategy. But they also have to be good at continuously improving. ~ Michael Porter

Strategy is about making choices, trade-offs; it's about deliberately choosing to be different. ~ Michael Porter

Strategy 101 is about choices: You can't be all things to all people. ~ Michael Porter

Winning through distinctive choices is the always-and-forever job of every strategist. ~ Michael Porter

Friday, 12 December 2014

Great Jack Welch Strategy & Leadership Quotations

If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete. ~ Jack Welch

In real life, strategy is actually very straightforward. You pick a general direction and implement like hell. ~ Jack Welch

Shareholder value is a result, not a strategy. ~ Jack Welch

Change before you have to. ~ Jack Welch

Before you are a leader success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. ~ Jack Welch

A leader focuses on shaping tomorrow. There is little or nothing you can do about yesterday. Learn from it but don’t waste a moment on it. Get on with tomorrow. ~ Jack Welch

If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is near. ~ Jack Welch



Saturday, 6 December 2014

Therefore's most popular Strategy blog articles

Great innovation quotations

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Breaking Silo Mentality

Ask CEOs what the number one innovation killer is and the odds are more than even that the answer will be “silo mentality”. Again, ask them what the biggest reason is for the failure to deliver on strategy and the phrase “silo mentality” is likely to turn up again ... Click to read

Great Strategy quotes ... with a few on leadership

"Great Strategy quotes ... with a few on Leadership & Innovation for good measure" says it all ... Click to read

What's in a name? Good, Cheap and Fast

Consider a triangle with three corners. Draw a dot on each corner … and you have the Therefore symbol, assuming that you have one dot at the top and two dots below it. Interestingly enough … turn the Therefore symbol on its head … and you get the symbol for Because. Now, let’s give the dots names … Good, Cheap and Fast ... Click to read

Is poor service your Customer’s fault?

Some time ago a blog article caught my attention. The gist of the article was that if you are receiving poor Customer service, it may well be that you are simply a bad Customer. Initially I was a little irritated by the thought, but after thinking it through, I decided that aspects of the argument hold true ... Click to read

The Art and Science of an Elevator Pitch

An elevator pitch is a short / precise overview of your business and its products and / or services, typically prepared as a sales tool. It’s imperative that you have a well-rehearsed elevator pitch ready for when opportunity strikes. An elevator pitch can be one of most powerful weapons in your sales arsenal and it costs you virtually nothing to prepare one ... Click to read

The power of evolution and a picture that tells a story 

We are firm believers that there are two ways of achieving anything – by evolution, or by revolution. The notion of evolution is of particular interest to the Therefore Team. In short, we believe that small tweaks can add up to a huge impact, if the tweaks are oriented towards a clear strategic vision. The trick is the strategic vision ... Click to read

Best Practice and beyond

Over the last decade, there has been a great deal of emphasis placed on the benefits of embracing “Best Practices”. This has largely been driven by the prevalence of Quality Management Systems such as such as ISO 9000 and ISO 14001, and the implementation of best practices based ERP ... Sometimes a recognized best practice is inappropriate for a particular organization’s needs. The phrase “Contextual Practice” is often used where companies have elected not to follow a best practice and have decided that, given their context, a practice of their own design is considered to be more appropriate for gaining market advantage ... Click to read

If  everyone is accountable ... no one is accountable 

Disclaimer: - I am in no way responsible for the content of this article. Any errors, exaggerations or omissions are someone else’s fault. In fact … I deny having written it. Now that I have your attention, let’s talk about accountability ... Click to read

Updated: 14 March 2018