Category: Management

Disney Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume is Not Just Window Dressing at Seattle’s MoPOP

The MoPOP Disney Heroes & Villains exhibit: Last week, I was privileged to join other journalists and writers at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture to preview the touring display of Disney costumes originally shown at D23. For Serious Insights, I concentrate on logistics and design. As suspected, project management, IT, and some very diligent task.

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Scenario Planning and Agility: The Case for Scenarios In an Uncertain World

Scenario Planning and Agility: The Case for Scenarios In an Uncertain World Scenario planning and agility. Too often, managers and leaders focus on how to control the near-term. They don’t take the time to consider if what they prioritize as important today, will be useful, valuable, or applicable to some future state of the organization. .

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Why Best Practices Suck

  Why Best Practices Suck: Best practices are like vampires: They can suck the life out of an organization, kill its productivity, drain its creativity, and bleed its initiative. If you seek perfection in perpetuity, your organization’s learning apparatus will become an animated corpse cursed through the ages to feed on its ancestors. Every organization.

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Technology Lock-in: How 20th Century Technology Keeps Small and Medium Businesses from Joining the 21st Century

Technology lock-in… “We can do this because we have technology to manipulate matter right down to the molecular level. This is an extraordinary ability, think of it! And yet some of us here can accept transforming the entire physical reality of this planet, without doing a single thing to change ourselves, or the way we.

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What Leaders Can Learn from Playing Video Games: Why Excellence is a Mystery

Be it Angry Birds or Galaga, Fallout or Call of Duty, knowing what good likes like is pretty easy. You gain an achievement, rack up three stars or land on a leaderboard. In the pre-social gaming days, it was a local leaderboard, the one on the game you were playing at Shakey’s Pizza during lunch.

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What Leaders Can Learn From Playing Video Games: Mentoring

What Leaders Can Learn From Playing Video Games: Mentoring Angry Birds players rack up high scores from exhibiting the most destructive of behaviors. In the world of management, however, it is important to think about the young birds, before they become angry, and how to help them find their place. How can you help them prosper? How.

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Salesforce CEO Slams ‘The World’s Dumbest Idea’: Maximizing Shareholder Value

Do you think Shareholder value is stupid? Maybe you should. I was just referencing friend and colleague Stephen Denning, a Forbes contributor and author of The Leader’s Guide to Storytelling: Mastering the Art and Discipline of Business Narrative. Denning asserts in his Forbes post that: a growing number of CEOs agree: shareholder value theory is stupid. In the.

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Uncertainty and Globalization: Uncertainties Are More Important Than Trends

Uncertainty and globalization Uncertainty and globalization are joined at the hip as the world vacillates between open borders and hostility, creating tension and opportunity. For every trend, there is an uncertainty waiting to derail it. Some outside force prowling at the edges of visibility waiting to pounce on what so many consider an inevitability. I.

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Emotional Infrastructure: How Core Competencies Are Breaking Your Organization’s Heart

Emotional Infrastructure or HOW CLINGING TO CORE COMPETENCIES IS BREAKING YOUR ORGANIZATION’S HEART ORGANIZATIONS ARE MORE COMPLEX THAN EVER, AND FOCUSING TOO MUCH ON GARY HAMEL’S IDEA OF “CORE COMPETENCIES” IS BOTH OUTDATED AND DAMAGING TO YOUR COMPANY’S EMOTIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE Since Gary Hamel and CK Prahalad put forth the idea of “core competencies” in a.

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Happy New Year: Strategic Thinking in Review

  Happy New Year from Serious Insights! Strategic Thinking in Review Here are the top 10 2014 insights from SeriousInsights.net: What is an Information Worker? Welcome to the Serendipity Economy Scenario Planning: Getting to the Matrix How to write a good scenario planning focal question? Five Flappy Bird Addictions That Will Make You a Better Manager Why.

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