Cracked It

Author: Bernard Garrette
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 3319893750
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Solving complex problems and selling their solutions is critical for personal and organizational success. For most of us, however, it doesn’t come naturally and we haven’t been taught how to do it well. Research shows a host of pitfalls trips us up when we try: We’re quick to believe we understand a situation and jump to a flawed solution. We seek to confirm our hypotheses and ignore conflicting evidence. We view challenges incompletely through the frameworks we know instead of with a fresh pair of eyes. And when we communicate our recommendations, we forget our reasoning isn’t obvious to our audience. How can we do it better? In Cracked It!, seasoned strategy professors and consultants Bernard Garrette, Corey Phelps and Olivier Sibony present a rigorous and practical four-step approach to overcome these pitfalls. Building on tried-and-tested (but rarely revealed) methods of top strategy consultants, research in cognitive psychology, and the latest advances in design thinking, they provide a step-by-step process and toolkit that will help readers tackle any challenging business problem. Using compelling stories and detailed case examples, the authors guide readers through each step in the process: from how to state, structure and then solve problems to how to sell the solutions. Written in an engaging style by a trio of experts with decades of experience researching, teaching and consulting on complex business problems, this book will be an indispensable manual for anyone interested in creating value by helping their organizations crack the problems that matter most.

Outdoor Management Development

Author: Stefan Aufschnaiter
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640816838
Size: 13.54 MB
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Seminar paper from the year 2010 in the subject Business economics - Personnel and Organisation, grade: 1.0, University of Innsbruck (Department of Organisation and Learning), course: Issues in Management Development, language: English, abstract: Outdoor Management Development is a concept, based on experiential learning theory, and combines several tasks and activities conducted in the outdoors, with the purpose of facilitating management development and improving organizational processes. The mainstream literature is primarily concerned with the effectiveness of training programmes and the quantifiable observation of performance. Thus, it is strongly biased towards positivism and functionalism. The purpose of our paper is to provide an overview of the literature, and to develop a critical perspective on the concept. We argue that Outdoor Management Development must not be seen as a neutral management tool, but is subject to specific social and political contexts. It should be seen as an emergent process and approached with reflexive awareness. We argue that reflexive practice may be capable of dealing with the issues of context, politics and process, we are discussing throughout the critical part of this paper.

The Lean Strategy Using Lean To Create Competitive Advantage Unleash Innovation And Deliver Sustainable Growth

Author: Michael Balle
Publisher: McGraw Hill Professional
ISBN: 1259860434
Size: 68.61 MB
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A groundbreaking and revolutionary book that will transform how lean is understood, practiced, and used within organizations A lean strategy is about gaining a competitive edge by offering better quality products at competitive prices and making a sustainable profit by eliminating waste through engaging employees in discovering deeper ways to think about their own jobs and smarter ways of working together. In its current form, lean has been radically effective, but its true powers have yet to be harnessed. Lean Strategy harnesses that power and delivers a new way of creating value from lean. Leading lean experts address popular misconceptions about the basics of lean/TPS, showing the true purpose of tools, methods, and attitudes that leverage the intelligence of every employee doing the work. You’ll learn how to think—and then act—differently, tapping the power of every person in your organization in a disciplined manner that generates unparalleled, sustainable success that is responsive to today’s most pressing challenges

The Fundamentals Of Marketing

Author: Russell Edward
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1350034622
Size: 59.21 MB
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This book describes how marketing organizations successfully move from product concept to the creation of a successful brand, and explains the key tools used to develop branding. It introduces selling theories and the principles of consumer behaviour, and documents the creation and development of brands using real-world examples. It goes on to explain strategic pricing, methods of distribution, market research, strategic thinking and the promotion of these brands through advertising. The Fundamentals of Marketing is fully illustrated with up-to-the-minute examples and case studies, including Amazon, Bling H20 and Tap'd NY, Petstages, Red Bull and Wal-Mart.

The Human Element

Author: Will Schutz
Publisher: Jossey-Bass
ISBN:
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Shows how to enhance our performance and improve our organizations by developing healthier self-concepts of ourselves and in others. A personal development and leadership guide to creating a work environment where self-determination and openness are the rule, offers strategies for heightening our awareness of ourselves and others as a key factor in shaping our relationships to work. Offers a field-tested approach to improving organizational effectiveness, introducing innovative tools and exercises--including the concordance model of decision making, the Team Compatibility Index for team building, the Work Relations Index for improved individual performance, and the leader as completer concept of leadership--to promote creativity and openness at work.

Visible Knowledge For Flawless Design

Author: Allen C. Ward
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 1351266756
Size: 28.56 MB
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Visible knowledge is a tool nearly lost in the West, but it has been used to great effect by Toyota in its 50-year march from noncompetitiveness to its current status as the second largest automobile company in the world. It is key for the 50% growth in market share Toyota plans for this decade despite worldwide overcapacity in the auto business. This book presents the reader with a systematic approach to create, capture, and display knowledge in a way that allows development teams to optimize the design of their products and production processes. Visible knowledge not only applies to knowledge management, but provides a means of collaboration to facilitate better decision-making in the development process. This book has evolved out of a manuscript that Allen Ward, the foremost U.S. expert on lean product development, was writing at the time of his untimely death. It is not intended to be a treatise of Lean product development methods. Quite the opposite—it is focused on one small piece, "visible knowledge." It is, however, one technique that Dantar Oosterwal and Durward Sobek have found to be very effective at Harley-Davidson and other places, and a tool that can make a difference whether used by itself or as a starting point for a larger journey into Lean product development. In completing this work, Oosterwal and Sobek kept the aim true to Allen’s original intent. The preface and first three chapters are essentially Allen’s original intellectual contribution. They have made editorial changes to improve readability and clarity of explanation. Throughout, they have attempted to preserve Allen’s voice in the writing, even keeping the narrative in first person as it was originally written. They have also added a fourth chapter that highlights some practical ways to apply the ideas presented in earlier chapters, illustrated with case examples from their experience.

Life Coaching For Dummies

Author: Jeni Mumford
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0470687002
Size: 57.81 MB
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Trusted advice on finding a coach and getting more out of life Life coaching is a popular, though unregulated, personal development tool. This no-nonsense guide debunks the myths behind life coaching and gives expert advice on incorporating it into daily life. Whether readers want to self-coach or work with a professional, this savvy resource provides essential tips on getting priorities straight, being more productive, and achieving goals. Jeni Mumford (London, UK) is a qualified personal life coach and an accredited NLP practitioner.

Digital And Smart Cities

Author: Katharine S. Willis
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317494989
Size: 59.83 MB
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Digital and Smart Cities presents an overview of how technologies shape our cities. There is a growing awareness in the fields of design and architecture of the need to address the way that technology affects the urban condition. This book aims to give an informative and definitive overview of the topic of digital and smart cities. It explores the topic from a range of different perspectives, both theoretical and historical, and through a range of case studies of digital cities around the world. The approach taken by the authors is to view the city as a socially constructed set of activities, practices and organisations. This enables the discussion to open up a more holistic and citizen- centred understanding of how technology shapes urban change through the way it is imagined, used, implemented and developed in a societal context. By drawing together a range of currently quite disparate discussions, the aim is to enable the reader to take their own critical position within the topic. The book starts out with definitions and sets out the various interpretations and aspects of what constitutes and defines digital cities. The text then investigates and considers the range of factors that shape the characteristics of digital cities and draws together different disciplinary perspectives into a coherent discussion. The consideration of the different dimensions of the digital city is backed up with a series of relevant case studies of global city contexts in order to frame the discussion with real world examples.