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BOOK REVIEW: “Confidence : How winning streaks and losing streaks begin and end” by Rosabeth M. Kanter (2004)

Confidence How winning streaks and losing streaks begin and endRosebeth Kanter holds the Earnest Arbuckle Professorship at Harvard Business School and specializes in strategy innovation and leadership for change. One of her areas of research is why organizations and people gain confidence and why they lose it. This book outlines some of the main reasons that she has discovered as the result of 300 interviews and two surveys with over 2700 responses.

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Confidence, organization, people, sports teams, corporations, Gillette, Continental Airlines, BBC, Harvard Business School

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BOOK REVIEW : “How Google Works” by Eric Schmidt & Jonathan Rosenberg

How Google WorksAny company that is so successful that its name has become a verb deserves to be studied. This excellent book gives some insights into the workings of one of today’s richest and most admired companies. I’m very grateful to my colleague, Gordon Ray, for having brought this to my attention.

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Google, company culture, innovation, talent management, Jeff Bezos, network, search machine

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BOOK REVIEW: “Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve Jobs” by David B. Yoffie & Michael A. Cusumano (2015)

Strategy Rules: Five Timeless Lessons from Bill Gates, Andy Grove, and Steve JobsDavid Yoffie and Michael Cusumano spent almost 30 years studying Steve Jobs, Andy Grove and Bill Gates. Both have already written extensively about the technology industries. This book brings into perspective strategic rules having used of the three CEOs that have the most effects on the technology industry and business in general over the last few decades.

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Technology industries, Steve Jobs, Andy Grove, Bill Gates, Five rules, Harvard Business School, MIT

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BOOK REVIEW: “Only the Paranoid Survive: How to Exploit the Crisis Points that Challenge Every Company and Career” by Andrew S. Grove (1996)

Only the Paranoid Survive by Andrew S. GroveThe legend has it that Intel employees saw the impression “Only the Paranoid Survive” as they walked into the building every morning. Andrew Grove Intel’s first employee is certainly happy to own the expression. Despite the fact that Intel has come to dominate the semiconductor market particularly in the PC industry. Despite the fact they had 80% market share on stage and despite the fact that the company was so successful that it was even investigated by antitrust and abuse of monopoly power by the US government. Groove was right clear on the fact that competitors were out there to bring Intel down. This book is a fascinating read on one of the most successful technology companies in the past few decades.

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Semiconductor, Grove, Intel, Moore, Strategy, Pentium

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Tony Liebo, Wells Fargo, Seattle, talks to GEM & SFU students about finance during Innovation Business Week

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The last company visit of the Business Week 2015 was at Wells Fargo. We were explained that there are two main ways to measure the success of a bank: its assets or its market capitalization. As Europeans, only a few of us have heard of Wells Fargo before. However, Wells Fargo is the largest bank in the world measured by market capitalization. But there are only a few Wells branches in Europe: they are mostly settled in the US and in Pacific Asia.

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Bert Tong talks to GEM & SFU students about entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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We had the pleasure meet at lunch time Bert Tong who has many experiences in entrepreneurship. Indeed, he launched Crate Away, a storage start-up which failed one year ago. He came to share with us his experience and explain us how he overcame this failure. The key lesson of this meeting is that relationships between co-founders matter the most. He insisted on the need of complementarity between members of a team. Being a successful entrepreneur is not only about having a good idea but about having reliable and trustworthy relationships. The network is at stake above all.

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Kara Bauer & Paula Keleci, Value Village, Seattle, talk to GEM & SFU students about social entrepreneurship during Innovation Business Week

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Today, we had an opportunity to visit one store of a popular thrift store chain called Value Village / Savers. The company is present in USA, Canada, and Australia.

The visit was very interesting because what this company does is very close to what we have learned so far during a semester in our Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation program. Indeed, Value Village is a social for-profit organisation: they make profits but they give a part their profits back to charity organisations and they help the environment by reducing waste.

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