Tag: business strategy

The Zeigarnik Effect

March 27th, 2014   •   1 comment   

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Russian psychologist/psychiatrist Bluma Zeigarnik (source of image)

What do video gamers, book worms and waiters taking multiple orders have in common?

Well, they usually remember what they have not completed until the task is done. And then, it literally gets wiped out of their system.
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The Ebb and Flow of the Social Web

March 12th, 2014   •   no comments   


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Catalysed by the ubiquitous social web, our lives are becoming inseparable from that of our networks. We are addicted to the constant online “strokes” delivered by our friends, and crave their likes, shares, comments and retweets.

Like it or loathe it, much of what happens in real life (IRL) is intimately intertwined to how we behave in the virtual world. And we’re lovin’ it.
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Sustainability and Longevity

March 9th, 2014   •   no comments   


Can your business outlast you? (courtesy of Ignorance is Bliss)

Who are the poster children of business success these days?

More often than not, they are innovators and iconoclasts like Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and Jeff Bezos. Companies like Google, Amazon, Apple and Starbucks are admired – and even worshipped – for their abilities to buck the trend and swim against conventional wisdom.
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Can Small Really Become The New Big?

February 26th, 2014   •   2 comments   


Courtesy of Chorus + Echo

I just read an interesting HBR blog post by Hemant Taneja on The Economies of Unscale. In the post, Taneja claimed that the advent of global manufacturing, trade, and the Internet have created a new playing field for small businesses.

Quoting from the post:

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Are You Thinking in New Boxes?

February 23rd, 2014   •   no comments   


Courtesy of Applicant

We all know that the world is changing at a blinding pace. Yesteryear’s market leaders like Barnes & Noble, Kodak, Blockbuster and Tower Records fade away. Meanwhile, new business darlings like Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google take the stage.

Time and again, we’ve been told that if we don’t think “out-of-the-box” and reinvent our businesses, we will suffer the same untimely fate. The challenge, however, is how.
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Like a Virgin by Richard Branson: Book Review

January 29th, 2014   •   no comments   

Richard Branson Like a Virgin Book Review

Courtesy of Vincent Huberta

Everybody knows Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

With an estimated net worth of US$4.6 billion, Branson is financially successful beyond anybody’s wildest dreams.
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Insights on the Collaborative Economy

January 26th, 2014   •   1 comment   


Courtesy of The Altimeter Group

Imagine if your customers stopped buying your products and services. Instead, they choose to rent, loan or hire, trade products and services with each other, or choose to go to the “crowd” for their needs.

According to Jeremiah Owyang and his colleagues at The Altimeter Group, such a future may not be very far off.

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Monster Loyalty: Book Review

January 5th, 2014   •   1 comment   

Outlandish outfits. Avant garde style. Burlesque performance artist. Mother Monster.

Born Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta to Italian parents, Lady Gaga is probably the greatest pop phenomenon of the 2010s. Iconoclastic and irrepressible, her eclectic and esoteric fashion sense and explosive concert performances have always been the talk of the town.
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The Necessity of Strangers: Book Review

November 28th, 2013   •   no comments   

Since time immemorial, we’re told that our network of friends and family members are vital to our success. Who haven’t heard that “a friend in need is a friend indeed” or that “blood runs thicker than water”?

Well, the tables may soon be turned. At least according to innovation consultant Alan Gregerman.
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11 Winning Qualities of Likeable Businesses

October 31st, 2013   •   no comments   

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The world of business is like a cocktail party. At least according to Dave Kerpen.

To be a huge hit at a party – or a market – one needs to be a good listener, tell great stories, and be responsive, authentic, passionate, and full of surprises. These traits, amongst others, are also necessary for a business to be likeable.
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