Rafa Jimenez

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Stop Confusing Small Businesses and Startups

The words “startup” and “small business” seem interchangeable enough – startups often start out small, after all – except they’re not.<p>And the …

Mastering the building blocks of strategy

Increase your likelihood of developing effective strategies through an approach that’s thorough, action-oriented, and comfortable with debate and …

Management

The Content You Read Shapes How You Lead: Top 10 Leadership Themes

People are consuming massive amounts of content each day via their smartphones, laptops, tablets and the multiple social media platforms, blogs and publications they engage with. Carefully observe the leaders in your organization – <b>the content they create and/or read shapes how they lead</b>. This is …

Blockbuster Never Had A Chance

Everything has changed.<p>Some of us still don’t see it, but all of us are affected by it.<p>Blockbuster saw it, but it didn’t matter. Now they are a virtual shell of their former selves.<p><i>In truth, they never had a chance.</i><p>Evolutionary biology produces diversity. It likes to see what works. Eventually, …

Organizing for change through social technologies: McKinsey Global Survey results

Corporate use of social technologies is mainstream, though the pace of adoption has slowed. But companies can still take advantage of the untapped …

Building the social enterprise

By following a few simple principles, leaders can realize the vast potential of social technologies to engage employees and transform</b> …

Innovation

The art of strategy

Examining how strategies are created, implemented, and executed is a relatively recent practice. In this video interview, McKinsey’s Chris Bradley …

Management

Mastering the building blocks of strategy

Increase your likelihood of developing effective strategies through an approach that’s thorough, action-oriented, and comfortable with debate and …

Don’t Let Strategy Become Planning

I must have heard the words “we need to create a strategic plan” at least an order of magnitude more times than I have heard “we need to create a strategy.” This is because most people see strategy as an exercise in producing a planning document. In this conception, strategy is manifested as a long …

3 Strategic Planning Pitfalls

I recently prepared to help a company develop its strategic plan, and I thought of the common pitfalls. A boss of mine once recommended that I chair the corporation’s strategic planning committee, then he said he was not doing me a favor, for he had never seen a strategic planning process work. (In …

8 Core Beliefs of Extraordinary Bosses

The best managers have a fundamentally different understanding of workplace, company, and team dynamics. See what they get right.<p>A few years back, I interviewed some of the most successful CEOs in the world in order to discover their management secrets. I learned that the "best of the best" tend to …

Leadership

Stop Blabbing About Innovation And Start Actually Doing It

If your business can’t innovate, it won’t survive when the startup across town that doesn’t have to answer to your shareholders does all the things legal has been telling you that you can’t do or don’t have time for. Here’s how to get the ball rolling.<p>These days, every established company is at …

100 Best Quotes On Leadership

In my new eBook, <i>365 Inspirational Quotes: Daily Motivation For Your Best Year Ever</i>, I share the quotations that have inspired me as I’ve launched my companies, written books and raised my children. Below are my top 100 leadership quotes of all time.<p>1. A leader is best when people barely know he …

The Amazon Effect

From the start, Jeff Bezos wanted to “get big fast.” He was never a “small is beautiful” kind of guy. The Brobdingnagian numbers tell much of the …

Books

Blue Ocean Strategy

MORE <b>FRAMEWORKS</b><p><b>Are you a business professional?</b><br>Join Flevy and sell your business documents.<p>Just as the mobile apps market has helped software …

Innovation

6 Habits of True Strategic Thinkers

You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here's how to become the strategic leader your company needs.<p>In the beginning, there was just you and your partners. You did every job. You coded, you met with investors, you emptied the trash and phoned in the midnight pizza. …

Strategy Essentials You Ignore at Your Peril

Michael Porter, the world’s leading authority on competition and strategy, is sometimes the victim of his own success. We use his terminology every day — competitive advantage, the value chain, differentiation, value creation. We think, therefore, that we “know” his work. But in fact, most managers …