Sofi Zavaleta

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Getting that First Promotion

If you’ve been at your company for a few years and hope to move up to the next level, you may feel like you’re standing at an airport looking up to see one plane after another stacked up in a holding pattern. That’s because promotion rates in most industries have slowed dramatically since the …

How To Really Measure a Company’s Innovation Prowess

Who is the world’s most innovative company? The editors of <i>Fast Company</i> say Nike. Last year, number crunchers at <i>Forbes</i> found that Salesforce.com is the company with the highest “Innovation Premium” baked into its stock price. <i>MIT Technology Review</i> didn’t pick a winner, but on its recent list of top …

Restaurant Week as a Crash Course in Discounting

Twice a year, many of the finest restaurants in the Boston area participate in a discount promotion called Restaurant Week. Diners are offered an attractively priced “special” three course menu (typically with a few options for each course) — this year lunch is $20.13 and dinner is $38.13<p>This …

Getting Crazy Ideas Off the Ground

How you manage the period between when an insight is first generated and when a concept is judged ready for development is the key to getting discontinuous innovation off the ground. These are ideas that don’t fit the existing capabilities or the incumbent business model, don’t have an obvious …

What Will You Create to Make the World Awesome?

When web designer Ben Blumenfeld was working for a major TV network, he was responsible for creating websites for mainstream shows. One day, he made a breakthrough that led to a significant uptake on a show, but the success struck Ben in a way he had not expected. His success meant <i>more</i> people would …

Liberate Your Employees and Recharge your Business Model

It finally seems that the uproar over Marissa Mayer’s diktat banning flexible work policies at Yahoo is dying down. While good arguments were made on both sides of the issue, what got lost in the charged debate was the potential for evolving traditional business models through changing the …

Give Workers the Power to Choose: Cave or Commons

Not so long ago occupying the “corner office” was a sign that managers had reached the pinnacle of status in their organizations. However, the spare bedroom in one’s house has quietly usurped the corner office when it comes to the alpha position in organizations, as increased working from home (or …

Understanding the Stages of Retail

When Ron Johnson took over the helm at J. C. Penney in November 2011 with a mandate to turn the ailing retailer around, all eyes were on him. He had an amazing legacy: Senior VP of Retail Operations at Apple pioneering the concept of the Apple Retail stores and the Genius Bar. Before that, he was …

Yes, Health Care is a Right -- An Individual Right

<i>Many moons ago, I served a term as chairman of the Conservative Party of the Yale Political Union, a parliamentary debating society. On March 26, the Union invited me back to keynote a debate on the topic, “Resolved, That Health Care is a Right.” What follows is an edited excerpt of my remarks, in</i> …

Really? IGDA Party At GDC Brings On The Female Dancers

The Game Developer Conference is full of fun, with hands-on demonstrations of unreleased games, talks from the developers, and day-long workshops designed to cram as much information into our game-soaked brains as possible. But not every event is as enjoyable as the others, such the International …