Monthly Archives: November 2013

BOOK REVIEW: “Staying Power: Six Enduring Principles for Managing Strategy and Innovation in an Uncertain World” by Michael A. Cusumano

coverStaying Power is a dense and extremely well researched book. It is not for the faint hearted. Cusumano reportedly spent over 25 years researching some of the world’s largest and most successful companies and was an advisor to more than 100 firms.  The book looks in depth as the strategies adopted by companies such as Google, Intel, Apple, JVC, Toyota, and Microsoft.

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An interview with Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO (Part 2)

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At the Peter Drucker Forum in Vienna,  Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO, shared some of his insights with me. The Palo Alton based design firm is famous for having invented such things as Apple’s first mouse and the Palm V PDA. It shot to fame when ABC Nightline made a short documentary on how they designed a new shopping cart. Tim Brown describes the company as “a group of people that come from many different backgrounds that use design thinking to tackle a broad range of systems to level challenges from all kinds of organisations.”  With such a wide-ranging team, Ideo has become famous for the diversity of its employees.

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An interview with Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO (Part 1)

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IDEO is known as being one of the world’s most innovative design firms. The maker of Apple’s first mouse and one of the first PDAs, the Palm V, the company shot to fame when ABC Nightline made a short documentary on how they designed a new shopping cart. At a recent conference in Vienna, I met up with IDEO’s CEO, Tim Brown. He describes the company as “a group of people that come from many different backgrounds that use design thinking to tackle a broad range of systems to level challenges from all kinds of organisations.” In the first part of this two part interview, he describes what makes the company unique from more traditional organisations.  Continue reading

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How do students choose where to study? (Philip Warwick)

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Autumn is the time of year when many newspapers and journals produce their university league tables.   For example, September saw the publication of the Financial Times (FT) Business Education Supplement, and in the UK the Sunday Times Good University Guide, offering different takes on where to study.  These two are targeted at very different audiences.  The Sunday Times Guide is aimed at parents as much as students, recognising that parents have a significant stake in the decision making process that leads to undergraduate study choices, whilst the FT Supplement is written for mainly for business people intent on furthering their careers, by making a shrewd investment in a Masters level qualification.

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Peter Drucker Forum 2013: “What Would Drucker Say Now?; What Have We Learned?” The concluding discussion

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In the concluding session discussion “What Would Drucker Say Now?” at the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum, Rick Watzman, the executive director at the Drucker Institute and Steve Denning a Member of the Board of Directors at Scrum Alliance and a Forbes contributor lead the debate. The discussion is then continued by Lukas Michel, Founder & Managing Director at Sphere Advisors and AgilityINsights, before Pierre Hessler the chairman’s delegate at Capgemini gives an overall synthesis and brings the conference to a close.

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Peter Drucker Forum 2013: “How Should Leaders Embrace Complexity?” panel contribution by Harvey Wheaton

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During the last session of the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum, Harvey Wheaton, chairman at the board of Scrum Alliance, the largest, most established, influential professional membership organization in the Agile world.  As a nonprofit, membership organization with a growing community of more than 250,000 members worldwide, Scrum allows teams to deliver products in short cycles, enabling fast feedback, continual improvement, and rapid adaptation to change in particular in the area of software development.

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Peter Drucker Forum 2013: “The Two Faces of Complexity” by Julian Birkinshaw

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During the last session of the 5th Global Peter Drucker Forum, Julian Birkinshaw looked at the two faces of complexity.

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