Wafic Fahme

32 Flips | 5 Magazines | 30 Likes | 5 Following | @waficfahme2016 | Keep up with Wafic Fahme on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Wafic Fahme”

The Secret History of Agile Innovation

You hear a lot about “agile innovation” these days. Teams using agile methods get things done faster than teams using traditional processes. They keep customers happier. They enjoy their work more. Agile has indisputably transformed software development, and many experts believe it is now poised to …

Project Management

Why Unicorns Are Struggling

When financial services company Square priced its IPO at $9 a share last November, well under the $15+ price that private investors paid the year before, it was a cold shower of reality for the 6-year-old company. The share price did rise during the IPO, but at the end of the day the firm’s value …

Innovation

Why the Future of E-Commerce Depends on Better Roads

In the cavernous basement of the Olympic Building, a line of boxy, dark brown delivery trucks rolls out to the early-morning streets of downtown Los Angeles, a chorus of tires squeaking across smooth concrete. Five floors up, in the UPS district president’s office, Noel Massie allows himself a …

Urban Design

Why Platform Disruption Is So Much Bigger than Product Disruption

How does disruptive innovation differ when it’s applied to a product versus a platform?<p>For the sake of clarity, let’s call a product “a platform that is used for one or very few products” and a platform “a structure upon which many variations of products are built.” These definitions recognize that …

Innovation

It’s Time to Bury the Idea of the Lone Genius Innovator

Luis Del Río Camacho<p>When Alexander Fleming, a brilliant but sometimes careless scientist, returned to his lab after a summer holiday, in 1928, he found his work ruined. The bacteria cultures he had been growing were contaminated by fungus. As it grew, it killed all the colonies it touched.<p>Most …

Innovation

Tesla's Unbelievable Model 3 Pre-Order Mirage: Be Careful What You Wish For

“I think it’s good news,” Nissan-Renault chief Carlos Ghosn said yesterday at Nissan’s factory in Iwaki, Japan, when Automotive News reporter Hans Greimel asked him to comment on the amazing number of pre-orders Tesla received for its upcoming lower-cost electric car, the Model 3. “The fact that so …

Your Lousy Handwriting Might Actually Make You Smarter

If you prefer taking handwritten notes over typing on a laptop, take heart: you’re much more likely to learn better than your MacBook-prone …

Tech Savvy: Is It Time to Build Your Own Platform?

<b>Identifying an industry ripe for platform disruption</b>: If you really want to create value, forget about burning platforms and start building them. A …

Why Would You Power A Clean Electric Car With Dirty Energy?

Buying a Tesla might lead to greener choices elsewhere.<p>NEW YORK -- It's one thing to get people to care about the price of energy. It's quite another challenge to get them to care about the source of energy and its environmental impact.<p>But buying an electric car -- presumably, in part, to reduce …

Which Industries Are the Most Digital (and Why)?

When business leaders talk about going digital, many are uncertain about what that means beyond buying the latest IT system. Companies do need assets like computers, servers, networks, and software, but those purchases are just the start. Digital leaders stand out from their competitors in two …

Innovation

Working Hard Gets You Nowhere

If it's one thing I've learned over my adult years, it's that working hard gets you nowhere.<p>You can keep your head down in the muck all day long and in the end, your voice still isn't heard, your best ideas aren't realized, and you are no further along at the end of the day than you were when you …

Why Amazon, Facebook and Salesforce Just Partnered With the SBA

The Small Business Administration is turning to some of the biggest names in tech to help business owners be more efficient in their everyday …

What Would It Take to Disrupt a Platform Like Facebook?

To this day, Microsoft Office remains the dominant office software suite, a position it has held since the 1990s. While competitors have emerged to appeal to different customer niches (Google Docs with collaboration or iWork for Mac users), for many people the value of using Office lies in the fact …

Innovation

Facebook, Twitter and Instagram massively over-rated by marketers, says Prof Mark Ritson

He did not blame the slew of new digital and social media agencies, saying they are "doing a really good job" of pushing their message to marketers, …

Social Media

One Of The World's Most Influential CRM Leaders On The Future Of The Industry

In San Francisco on a sunny March day I had coffee with Alan Trefler, author of <i>Build For Change: Revolutionizing Customer Engagement Through Continuous Digital Engagement</i>. Trefler started his company Pegasystems (disclosure: Pega is a former client) in 1983, when not many people were talking about …

Customer Experience

A former Googler who is now CEO of her own startup asks all her employees to cold email their idol — here's why

Wessel is the CEO and cofounder of WayUp, a site used by hundreds of thousands of college students to find jobs at places like Microsoft, Uber, The New York Times, Disney, and Google — where Wessel previously worked.<p>Part of the reason she started WayUp with cofounder JJ Fliegelman was to combat …

How to Transform a Traditional Giant into a Digital One

If you’re not turning your company into a “math house” you’re headed for serious trouble. Every industry will soon be driven by digitization and every winning company will be using algorithms, or mathematical rules for processing information, to shape the end-to-end customer experience. Any …

Innovation

Know the Difference between Customer Service and Customer Experience - SPONSOR CONTENT FROM DISNEY INSTITUTE

<b>By Bruce Jones, Senior Programming Director, Disney Institute</b><p>The term “customer experience” is ubiquitous in business these days. In fact, focusing on the customer experience has become the single most important way for an organization to achieve success—often becoming its key differentiator and …

HubSpot’s Playbook for Going From Startup to Scale-up

I consider companies as going through four stages of an S-Curve:<p><b>Getting Product Market Fit</b> — Can you build something useful that can pull in some …

Product Management

10 Amazing Entrepreneurs Who Had Accomplished Nothing by Age 30

<i>This piece originally appeared on The Hustle.</i><p>There’s a rumor that Paul Graham, the founder of the world’s most successful incubator, once invested in …

Every Company Needs a Growth Manager

Growing revenue and profits is a core objective of most companies, and it is the responsibility of every function to contribute to the pursuit of this goal. Yet, in recent years technology startups have embraced a new role, Growth Manager — alternatively Growth Hacker, Growth PM, or Head of Growth …

Product Management

How Great Companies Think Differently

It’s time that beliefs and theories about business catch up with the way great companies operate and how they see their role in the world today. Traditionally, economists and financiers have argued that the sole purpose of business is to make money—the more the better. That conveniently narrow …

The Magic of 30-Minute Meetings

Five years ago, after becoming frustrated with my fruitless tendency to juggle multiple activities at once, I tried an experiment: for one week, I would not multitask and see what happened.<p>The experiment changed everything for the better. My relationships improved, my stress dissolved, and my …

Productivity

Help Your Salespeople Spend Time on the Right Things

Sales executives typically have two levers to try to increase sales: they can increase the <i>quantity</i> of sales effort by adding salespeople, or they can improve the <i>quality</i> of sales effort by investing in coaching and training.<p>There is a third approach that is often overlooked: Improving the <i>allocation</i> …

Management

How to Hire Without Getting Fooled by First Impressions

Dr. James is a leading ophthalmologist at a major medical clinic. Passionate about medicine, he wanted to hire someone to run the business operations of his practice. He carefully reviewed over 200 resumes and conducted background checks, finally deciding to hire Mike, a highly credentialed MBA who …

Employment

How to Build a Passionate Company

Executives have begun to understand that to build a great business, companies need a larger goal, one that transcends the traditional bottom line. The best and brightest talent are attracted to organizations that offer a broader purpose. But simply defining a purpose is not enough. It’s just a …

Employee Engagement

Why Digital Companies Grow Without Adding Headcount

By now we’re all familiar with examples of small and lean digital companies popping up out of nowhere and outcompeting larger, established companies. Insurgent startups, such as Instagram and Snapchat, manage to operate with far fewer resources than legacy companies in the same industry in the …

Innovation

Disruptive Technologies: Catching the Wave

One of the most consistent patterns in business is the failure of leading companies to stay at the top of their industries when technologies or markets change. Goodyear and Firestone entered the radial-tire market quite late. Xerox let Canon create the small-copier market. Bucyrus-Erie allowed …

Innovation

Kevin Harrington's Million Dollar Per Week Time Management Advice

How do self-made multimillionaires think about time?<p>If you’re like most people who want to improve their time management, you’re always on the lookout for a list of tips, tools and systems that will increase your productivity and add hours to your week. But if you’re like me, you’ve found the vast …

Success

The Five Stages of Small Business Growth

Categorizing the problems and growth patterns of small businesses in a systematic way that is useful to entrepreneurs seems at first glance a hopeless task. Small businesses vary widely in size and capacity for growth. They are characterized by independence of action, differing organizational …

Management