3 managerial practices that are often missing in large groups

Faced with technological breakthroughs and jostled by disruptive startups, large companies wonder constantly how to update their practices. The ideal is not, however, radical reinvention, but instead to combine their own inherent impressive strengths with the agility of startups. Some companies have adopted a novel approach of reverse mentoring, based on the exchange of best practices between “start-uppers” and…

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Looking to startups to boost your agility

Faced with technological breakthroughs and jostled by disruptive startups, large companies wonder constantly how to update their practices. The ideal is not, however, radical reinvention, but instead to combine their own inherent impressive strengths with the agility of startups. Some companies have adopted a novel approach of reverse mentoring, based on the exchange of best…

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The animation of communities of leaders: a key expertise of Business Digest

While a community of leaders may be built according to the same the process as that of any other type of digital community, there are also unique specifi cations to consider. A community of leaders will not come together spontaneously. It is critical to found the community on key business and organizational concerns, using a…

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Tesla Motors & SpaceX
How Elon Musk is shaking up the automobile and aerospace industries

Automotive, energy, space travel and passenger transport are the many sectors Elon Musk is at the forefront of “shaking up”! Since he made his fortune developing PayPal and eBay in 2002, the South African entrepreneur has endeavored to create value in the industries that have yet to become intensely competitive. What are the fundamentals of…

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Strategic agility: challenging value creation

What do Airbnb, Uber and Netflix have in common? They are all proficient at recreating value in markets where the competition has been intense for decades, forcing prices down. What can we learn from these so-called «disruptive» companies that leverage innovative business models to uncover new growth drivers? The success of some of the most…

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How can you optimize the impact of digital communities?

Seamless collaborations across internal and geographic boundaries. A flatter, more agile, and innovative organization. A deeper sense of connection and cohesion around organizational purpose and mission. What does it take for online communities to become effective means to such worthwhile ends? Despite their much-celebrated potential, companies continue to struggle to get internal online communities off…

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Build a Design-Thinking-oriented culture

Design thinking is an innovation strategy that draws on a designer’s tools to formulate the perfect response to customer expectations. Although the concept – first popularized by Tim Brown, president of global design firm IDEO – has many critics, it is fast becoming a source of competitive advantage. Indeed, design thinking is gradually spreading to…

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Why not hack your own business model?

What can you do to tackle the onslaught of the «new barbarians»? Should you build barriers around your traditional business or enlist an army of lawyers? Rather than trying to defend your territory at all costs, another option would be to draw inspiration from the practices of your aggressors. In short, equip your company with…

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SNCF: how it is disrupting its own business model

SNCF has embarked on a major transform of its business model since Guillaume Pépy took over the reins in 2008. The aim? To switch from out-and-out rail transport to a local services approach. The French rail operator is putting the focus on radical innovations such as carpooling (iDVROOM), peer-to-peer car rental (OuiCar), coach transport (OuiBus)…

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Airbnb, Uber, Blablacar… What inspiration can you draw from these new « barbarians »?

  75% of S&P 500 companies could disappear by 2027, according to Innosight, a firm co-founded by Clay Christensen that specializes in innovation. Why? “New barbarians” – Uber, Airbnb, BlaBlaCar and other Kickstarter projects – are invading the traditional landscape and shattering the business models that have been making money for major companies for decades….

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