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Consultants can be angels, not demons - A reprint from Dialogue Mar 01, 2023

At Valize, we believe that the right amount of insight and experience can be a business accelerator.  This article specifies when using consultants like us can be a great use of time and money..

Paid advisors don’t deserve their bad reputation.

By Rita McGrath

Some things never go out...

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A Heartwarming Customer Service Story master the future permissionless Jan 24, 2023

The state of customer service across most of the economy is dreadful. A recent delightful experience at Patagonia proves that it doesn’t have to be that way.

The sad world of customer service

As I have written about elsewhere, the more automation we introduce into the customer service...

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Hollywood, Streaming And The Decline Of The Hit Driven Business Model business models transformation transient advantage Jan 18, 2023

People have been predicting the end of Hollywood as we know it for a long time.  Talking pictures were first dismissed as a novelty, then eventually embraced Television proved destabilizing for the studio system that  preceded it.  And now, Chris Moore, a...

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If Your Organization Operates As A Multi-Layer Bureaucracy, It’s Headed For Extinction masterthefuture permissionless transformation Jan 10, 2023

Happy New Year! 

Ram Charan and I co-authored an article just out in this month’s Harvard Business Review about how technology is creating the conditions for what we call the “permissionless” corporation. In it, we suggest that corporations organized...

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We had the Jetsons in 1962, and autonomous driving is still out of reach inflection points seeing around corners Nov 07, 2022

Gradually, then suddenly That’s the line that I borrowed from Ernest Hemingway to describe the progress of strategic inflection points.  They brew along for a long time – sometimes decades – before finally breaking through.  

The gradual, then...

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10 questions to ask before you believe in a business model discovery driven planning Nov 01, 2022

Some business models are inherently more attractive than others, yet investors and other stakeholders often don’t ask the obvious questions. Here’s a checklist that makes sure you are not one of them.

People like to make thinking about business models really...

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What does Ford's decision to drop Argo.ai mean for the future of autonomous driving? inflection points seeing around corners Oct 31, 2022

Big flashy billion-dollar investments. Leaders optimistically pronouncing totally unrealistic launch dates. Geeky engineers becoming the darlings of the moment. Yes, the story of Ford’s foray into autonomous cars has it all!

The autonomous driving bubble inflates

The Defense Research...

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When the mothership doesn't want it innovation transformation Oct 10, 2022

You would think that after funding and supporting people to develop innovative new ideas, that the parent corporation would want to take advantage of launching them.  Nope. Markets are full of concepts that didn’t fit the parent firm – either not consistent with their strategy or...

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When You Need To Quantify, But Really Don’t Have The Information - The BareBones NPV Tool Oct 04, 2022

Trying to figure out what a new initiative might do for you?  A traditional approach is the net present value calculation. This nifty little tool offers an alternative with just 9 input metrics.

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Taking a discovery driven approach to internal projects discovery driven planning innovation transformation Oct 03, 2022

The first step of discovery driven planning lies in specifying what success looks like. For for-profit projects, this usually takes the form of a level of growth or enhanced profitability.  But there are many kinds of projects that don’t have such a clearly defined outcome – this...

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When business cases teach the wrong lessons discovery driven planning innovation Sep 21, 2022

Jeffrey Pfeffer, in his great book “The 7 Rules of Power” declares that “success excuses (almost) everything.”  Success also determines which stories about the origins of that success get told and which headlines are buried.  This makes it all but impossible to...

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How's your teaming going? surveys teameffectiveness teamwork Aug 29, 2022

The traditional model of how teams progress goes by stages – forming, storming, norming and performing. While it’s easy to remember, teams today don’t necessarily follow that model. They’re dispersed, virtual, temporary and potentially remote. So how do you know if things...

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Three kinds of competition to have on your radar competition seeing around corners transient advantage Aug 15, 2022

In traditional strategic thinking, beating the competition, by finding an attractive position in an attractive industry, is the name of the game. An updated perspective suggests you need to be paying attention to at least three categories of competition.

Traditional strategy textbooks would...

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How Lego used agile principles to accelerate innovation permissionless seeing around corners teamwork Aug 01, 2022

Source:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCXMx7RcZ5I

 

Agile methods – in which work is done in parallel by cross-functionally staffed teams – has been the subject of a lot of hype. How refreshing, then, to discover examples of firms making it work in real life. One of...

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Flywheels vs. relationships business models permissionless Jul 25, 2022

In developing an initial marketing plan, it is crucial not to be confused about what kind of business architecture you are building in order to establish your initial metrics for success. Geoffrey Moore has a great way of capturing this in the distinction between complex systems versus...

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