Is Occupy Wall Street An Effective Change Platform?

Say what you want about the Occupy Wall Street movement, but we can surely agree it has garnered attention and sparked debate. The question is why. Why has the Occupy Wall Street movement — and the related activities it has spawned — tapped our interest and emotions? What is there to learn from this change platform? I can tell you I have questions about the movement, especially its beginnings. Were people hired to protest? Where the protestors put in place by a powerful, quietly controlling organization? Is the march on Wall Street a made-for-media event not unlike that depicted...

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Making Transformation Happen – Part 1

If transformation is the lifeline for businesses desperately in need of leaping beyond their current state to a place of higher value why do so few organizations achieve sustainable transformation? Why is transformation so challenging. Let’s take a look at what usually happens. Transformation efforts are commonly dominated by the planning and setting strategy. As you have surely witnessed anything having to do with strategy is a natural magnet for opinions, points of view, and involvement. That’s all well and good. Strategy requires input from a range of internal and external voices –...

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The Jeff Bezos Formula for Asymmetric Competition

The art of moving quickly with a savvy strategy. By Stephen Wunker, Contributor Today’s announcement of the Kindle Fire, possibly the iPad’s most serious competitor, underscores how Amazon’s Jeff Bezos remains one of the most predictably revolutionary leaders in business. Selling at just $199, the Fire can accelerate the growth of the already white-hot tablet market through leveraging revenue streams Apple lacks. It embodies the sort of asymmetric competition that has become Amazon’s trademark. How does the company do it? First, consider the legacy preceding the Fire. Amazon launched...

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The Middle

A friend of mine used to tell me, ‘There is muddle in the middle.’ He was right. It’s a kind of no-man’s land. You’re neither here nor there. The middle is a safety net, a place where you stay under cover and protect yourself or the status quo. The middle is average. It doesn’t move the needle much at all. Leaders do not live in the middle. Leaders are bold and willing to take a stand. Innovators do not live in the middle.  Innovators live on the edges of new possibilities. Scientists do not live in the middle.  Scientists are always searching to know what doesn’t work. The...

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The Impact of Unlearning on Leadership

Leading doesn’t mean having all the answers. Good piece. Mike Myatt writes, speaks and offers advice on the topics of leadership, strategy and innovation. He is widely regarded as America’s Top CEO Coach and is the author of “Leadership Matters — The CEO Survival Manual.” For more information, visit his blog. Many leaders are very skilled at challenging the thoughts and opinions of others, but are woefully inept when it comes to challenging their own thinking. The reality is that it takes no effort to cling to your current thinking; however to change your mind requires you to...

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