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How to Create the Reliability Advantage for Your Team

Delivering reliable results to customers and investors, regardless of challenges, is the key to a successful business. Here are the two core elements of reliability.<p>Consider this scenario: It's early February. Jack Samuels, a sales director for a large logistics company, just landed back in Chicago …

Passion and Purpose Before Profit

Good morning.<p>I began yesterday at the annual conference of the Shared Value Initiative, started by Harvard Professor Michael Porter and his colleague …

7 Things You Should Expect From The Best Strategy Executives

Strategy executives can make a dramatic impact on your business. You need to know what to expect from them.<p>In one of the strategy development processes I facilitated when I worked at Texas Instruments, I opened with the question:<p>"What does the word Strategy mean to you?"<p>In response I heard quite a …

Three ways to survive the rise of the cloud and 'big software'

Embracing new ways of working and building new relationships are key to navigating the new world of software.<p>Applications that were once simple to …

Here's What Happens When You Have a Stellar Company Strategy

A good strategy is worth its weight in gold. Here are five reasons leaders need to take strategy very seriously in their organizations.<p>Having a good strategy is critical to your company's success. But are you aware of the specific advantages of a clear and compelling strategy? These five benefits …

Hot Buttons: 3 Tips to Uncover the Key Drivers of Your Company's Success

Which factors drive your business to success? Learn how to identify your company's most vital elements.<p>How does your company measure success? How do you ensure that you and your team are focusing on the critical levers that drive your business? Many companies focus on sales, expenses, headcount and …

Resilience and Agility: Two Skills That Equip Us To Respond To Change

Everybody knows about change, but no one knows what to do about it. Two attributes that can help managers and their teams meet the demands of change …

Prototyping

How Indeed’s FP&A Function Helped Drive Rapid Growth | Articles | CFO

It is only really in recent years that people have started to speak of the CFO as a driver of growth. Before, finance leaders were there primarily to …

eLite Business Automation Manager » 5 Reasons You Should Go For Business Process Automation

Business process automation is swiftly gaining importance as one of the most effective business process automation tools. Marketing management …

The Many Rewards of Paying Bills Late

For individuals, not paying bills on time is a sign of financial distress. That's true for most businesses, too. For big businesses, though, things are different.<p>For one thing, they generally <i>don't</i> pay their bills on time. Only 10.8 percent of publicly traded corporations in the U.S. pay suppliers …

Finance

Doing Too Much Could Ruin Your Business. These 8 Exercises Will Help You Focus On What Really Matters

Sometimes less is more. New business owners who try to be all things to all people usually find they can't totally excite anyone.<p>Every new business or product owner wants to attract the broadest possible audience, so they are prone to adding more features, multiple sales channels, and appealing to …

Rethinking the Customer Journey at Pegasystems

Challenging<p>the status quo takes courage. It also requires cunning strategy. At Pegasystems Inc., a publicly traded customer service automation …

5 ways finance teams can stay ahead of the curve

In September 2015, industry analyst David Axson wrote "Finance 2020: Death by digital," and predicted that by 2020 finance would be entirely unrecognizable from the accounting departments of the past. Consider what's happening in finance: Complex legacy systems are being replaced by cloud-based …

Big Data

Not sure what should go in a business plan? Here’s an agile process to use

In my previous article here on <i>Tech in Asia</i>, I wrote about why you need to go back and write your business plan. After gathering feedback from …

IT Leadership Still Struggles to Satisfy the Business, Deliver Innovation

If a recently published report by Salesforce is to be believed, the rest of IT leadership is starting to catch up with what IT leaders have long …

Why Digital Transformation Must be a Top Priority

Digital transformation, as defined by Constellation Research, is “the methodology in which organizations transform and create new business models and …

5 Strategies To Help Legacy Industries Avoid Technological Growing Pains

In industries such as real estate, insurance, and banking, technological growing pains are very real. Companies in legacy industries often have …

The number of CEOs fired for ‘ethical lapses’ jumps 36% in a year

CEOs who act morally are not only good role models for employees, they also pave the way for greater financial turnout, and contribute to a company …

Ceptara

How to Bring Excellence into Focus<p>Since 2002, Ceptara has helped product and services companies find and implement creative solutions that control …

How to Move HR from Operational Fluff to Strategic Partner

HR Does More Than Payroll -- How to Become More Strategic and Why it's Vital to Your Company<p>Here's a truth we often seem to forget: people create value, not companies. People are the ones who have the capacity to be great and do great things, and these actions drive businesses forward. People are a …

Human Resources

Why Anticipated Value From Digital Implementation Often Disappoints

Every senior executive recognizes that digital disruptions are both a huge potential blessing and an enormous threat. Companies can be Uberized out of existence, as is happening with taxi cabs. Or like Amazon, companies can create whole new offerings and competitive advantage. GE uses the power of …

Your Business Is Worth How Much?

If a buyer offered you enough cash for your business to provide you with complete financial security, would you sell today?<p>According to <i>The BEI 2016 Business Owner Survey</i>, 75% of owners answered “Yes” to that question. Interestingly, 64% of owners did not plan on leaving their companies within the …

5 Entrepreneurs on the Best Time to Reexamine Your Pricing Structure

A stale pricing strategy is an easy way to lose out to your competition. Whether you’re charging too much or even charging too little, the wrong …

European ‘carve-out’ deals set to rise this year | Financial Times

European and UK companies are expected to accelerate the sale of non-core businesses this year as private equity buyers intensify their search for …

5 Most Common Problems of Startups and Their Solutions

By Michael Zhou<p>Let’s face it, this is the age when startups are exploding everywhere like never before. The sheer enthusiasm being brought up by …

Startups

3 Reasons It's Time to Franchise Your Business

Entrepreneurs today are inundated with pressure to create the next breakthrough business model.<p>The success of crowdsourcing and the on-demand economy have pushed many founders to try untested and unnecessarily risky businesses. We have seen many of those companies flame out in the last couple of …

Searching For Value

As a value investor, I am always searching for quality companies that appear to be selling at a discount to their intrinsic value. Here is a simple …

The #1 Overlooked Strategy for Business Growth

Everyone's on the lookout for strategies to quickly grow their business. Most overlook this one.<p>Many people ask me how to get better at marketing. They're usually entrepreneurs who are trying to get results from strategies that aren't appropriate for their business' stage of growth.<p>Executing any …