Tag: business strategy

Tell to Win: Book Review

April 7th, 2013   •   1 comment   

Imagine watching a magical performance by David Copperfield.

Rather than dazzle you with his breathtaking acts, Copperfield regales you the audience with his childhood story. He relates how his grandfather – a crusty old man – never gave Copperfield or his father the approval they craved.
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Five Ways to Boost Productivity of SME Retailers

March 26th, 2013   •   1 comment   

boosting-sme-retail-in-singapore

Oh the woes of the SME retail sector in Singapore. I’m sure you’ve read or heard about them.

Demanding consumers. Price competition. Sky high rentals. Relentless staff turnover (up to 300% a year in extreme cases). Difficulty in hiring. Competition from big chains. Rising utility costs. Increasing costs of goods. Growing transportation costs.

The list of problems faced by SME retailers is seemingly endless.
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Surviving Disruptive Innovations

March 15th, 2013   •   6 comments   

Surviving Disruptive Innovations
Was Borders a victim of Disruptive Innovation? (courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

Tower Records. Borders. Kodak. Maybe even Research In Motion (RIM)?

The list of casualties to disruptive innovations grow longer each day. By clinging to the status quo and failing to recognise the threats of disruptive consumer behaviours, technologies, or business models, these companies have sounded their own death knell.
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The Innovator’s Dilemma: Book Review

March 13th, 2013   •   2 comments   

GrabCar Disruptive Innovation

GrabCar and Uber has disrupted taxis in Singapore and around the world (Courtesy of GrabCar)

Have you wondered how innovations can be “disruptive”? Or why entire industries can be wiped out with new entrants?

Last night, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong spoke about the impact of disruptive innovations during the National Day Rally Speech.
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Whither Productivity?

March 1st, 2013   •   1 comment   


Din Tai Fung is a paragon of productivity (courtesy of Aroma Cookery)

Business as usual can no longer work in Singapore. We desperately need to change.

While we’ve enjoyed modest economic growth of 1.3% in 2012, and are estimated to experience 1% to 3% GDP growth this year, labour productivity declined by 2.6% last year. This wiped out productivity gains of 1.3% the year before, with the impact felt across manufacturing, construction and services sectors. Only the Info Comm sector experienced growth.

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Which Comes First – the Product or the Market?

February 14th, 2013   •   no comments   

Which Comes First The Product or the Market
Too many toys to choose from! (Ethan in a shop in Shibuya, Tokyo)

Hit by a flash of inspiration, you decided one day to pursue your dream.

You are all fired up and raring to go. After slaving away for goodness knows how long, you have perfected your recipe for world domination.
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The Book of Business Awesome/ UnAwesome (Review)

January 13th, 2013   •   no comments   

Have you wondered what works (and doesn’t) in Facebook?

Or how you can undo an ill conceived tweet let loose in a fit of anger?

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To Consult or Not To Consult?

December 18th, 2012   •   no comments   


Don’t hire a consultant who doesn’t look good in a suit (courtesy of consulta panel)

Are consultants a boon or a bane? Do they really help or hurt your organisation?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself lately. Tasked with improving things in the organisation, my mind reflected upon the pros and cons of hiring management consultants.
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Great By Choice: Book Review

December 6th, 2012   •   no comments   

Why do some companies succeed in turbulent times while others fail?

Is there a “secret sauce” to enduring corporate performance?

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Which Social Media Strategy Should You Adopt?

November 7th, 2012   •   no comments   

A picture often paints a thousand words. A great comic or cartoon, on the other hand, paints tens of thousands.

“Marketoonist” Tom Fishburne recently created a wonderful graphical depiction of 5 different types of social media strategies as depicted below:


Courtesy of Tom Fishburne
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