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By Henrik Mårtensson | In 2011, some of the leading business thinkers and authors wrote a book together. This magazine tracks what they, and other modern business thinkers, are doing today.

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel

My last post on The Dark Side of Technology definitely seems to have hit a responsive chord. Many of us see evidence of this dark side of technology …

Leadership

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel

In my post last week, I made the case that <b>we’ll only be able to overcome the dark side of technology by re-integrating passion and profession. But</b> …

Innovation

Edge Perspectives with John Hagel

It’s fitting that we reach this third installment of my “What Is To Be Done?” series on Martin Luther King day. He’s an icon of the power of …

Innovation

The mikado method and non code changes

A common question Daniel and I get when we talk about the Mikado Method is — ‘Can it [the Method] be used outside of the programming domain?’. The …

Programming

More On Why Managers Hate Agile

Yesterday brought bad news for Agile-haters and those, like former IBM CEO Sam Palmisano, who sneer at “firms with names like pieces of fruit.” Apple posted the biggest quarterly profit in history, with a net profit of $18 billion in the quarter, handily exceeding the previous records of $16.2 …

Innovation

Why Do Managers Hate Agile?

Why don’t Agile and management get along? In a poll last Wednesday of some 400 people working in many different firms where the practices known as Agile and Scrum are being implemented, 88% reported tension between the way Agile/Scrum teams are managed in their organization and the way the rest of …

Project Management

Falsification - A gullibility defense

"When there is no time to think, you cannot think." Quote by Tim, my 9 year old son. Photo: Henrik MårtenssonUnless you live alone in a cave in the …

Passion at work

“The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred . . . ; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and …

Toyota Production System

Passion versus ambition

Article<p>Passion versus ambition Did Steve Jobs have worker passion?<p>November 19, 2014<p>While ambition and drive are sufficient in a world that is …

Success

Clayton Christensen: How Management Can Advance

At the close of the Drucker Forum in Vienna, Austria, last week, Clay Christensen made some important remarks as to how management can advance. (These remarks came after my summary, published here earlier this week.) He suggested that the impact of the good ideas being discussed at the Drucker …

Jeb Bush

Lean LEGO – The red brick cancer

Let me tell you two short stories of two Swedish women in their thirties.We will follow them both through their interaction with the Swedish …

Creative Commons

Is Google Doing Anything New?

In ancient mythology, the Medusa was a face, ringed with serpents, whose very stare turned people to stone. The only hero in the ancient world to survive the Medusa’s stare was the young hero, Perseus, who flew through the air on winged sandals. Perseus succeeded in cutting off the Medusa’s head by …

Eric Schmidt

The Surprising Truth About Where New Jobs Come From

“Don’t let anybody tell you that it’s corporations and businesses that create jobs,” Hillary Clinton said last week in Boston. “You know that old theory, trickle-down economics. That has been tried, that has failed. It has failed rather spectacularly. One of the things my husband says when people …

Equality

Toyota kata in knowledge work – European Lean Educator Conference 2014

This is my slides from the European LEAN EDUCATOR Conference 2014 in Stuttgart, Germany.In this session I reflected on the use of Toyota Kata in …

Lean Startups

Has Capitalism Reached A Turning Point?

In the early 16th Century, the movement objecting to the flagrant greed and corruption in the Roman Catholic Church, now known as the Protestant Reformation, got under way in earnest. In 1517 in Germany, Martin Luther posted his “Ninety-Five Theses.” At about the same time in Switzerland, Huldrych …

Clayton Christensen

Focus on creating right performance conditions, says Statoil VP

Bjarte Bogsnes, the <b>VP of performance management development at Norwegian oil giant Statoil</b>, told HR magazine that HR and finance were often “living …

Management

Efficiency At Any Cost: Economics Made Wrong

In an article in the New York Times on Sunday, Barry Schwartz, a psychology professor at Swarthmore College wrote on an article, “Economics Made Easy.” The article set out to explain economics to non-economists, while also defusing the “hysterical criticism” of capitalism and private equity in …

Peter Drucker

How to learn when you’re playing at scale

Article<p>September 03, 2014<p>The scalable efficiency model as it has traditionally been pursued—granular demand forecasting, rigid processes, and …

What's The Future Of The Food Industry?

<i>A guest post by Stephanie Denning, who writes about</i> <i>leadership</i> <i>issues from a Millennial perspective.</i><p>The Internet has revolutionized countless industries, from finance to fashion. Now it’s starting to revolutionize the food industry. The biggest change has been the ability to order online. “In 2013,” …

Blue Apron

Why smart people get depressed, and what you can do about it

About a week ago I posted an article on the IHM Business School blog about an important, but very taboo subject. At more than 15,000 unique page …

The Financial Times Slams 'The World's Dumbest Idea'

Good news! The Financial Times has come out forcefully against maximizing shareholder value. The article declares that we have made a mess of the way companies are run.<p>“Almost nothing in economics is more important than thinking through how companies should be managed and for what ends. …

Governance

From CEO 'Takers' To CEO 'Makers': The Great Transformation

Earlier this week, I discussed the problems of share buybacks as delineated in “Profits Without Prosperity,” an article by William Lazonick in the September issue of Harvard Business Review and explained how CEOs, through the pervasive use of share buybacks, have become takers, not makers. Instead …

Governance

Why Can't We End Short-Termism?

In an HBR article in 2011, Dominic Barton, the global managing director of McKinsey & Company called on business leaders “to reform the capitalist system by fighting the tyranny of short-termism.”<p>But that’s not going to work either, as Alfred Rappaport, pointed out in his book, <i>Saving Capitalism</i> …

Governance

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SXSW

How to choose the right project? Decision making frameworks for software organizations

Frameworks to choose the best projects in organizations are a dime a dozen.<p>We have our NPV (net present value), we have our customized Criteria …

Why gifted people commit suicide

Robin Williams at the Stand Up for Heroes charity benefit in 2007. Photo was taken by John J. Kruzel/American Forces Press Service, and placed in the …

Learning To Ask The Right Question

I have written earlier about the wonderful article by Mark Shead which pointed out how good we are at problem solving and how bad we are at identifying the correct problem to solve<i>.</i><p>In <b>education</b> for instance, there is often more emphasis on teaching than learning. The current test-driven system, …

Teaching