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Silver Bells, Marketing, and Sales

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(Hopefully you read the blog title with a Deep South accent.) Happy holidays, reader! I’m going to begin this post with a slightly embarrassing self-quote from 5 years ago, when I was a first-year MBA student. The following is an excerpt from the introduction I wrote for a marketing plan…

Celebrating 40 Years of RENEWAL and Reinvention

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This year marks APQC’s 40th anniversary, so all year long we could hardly wait for the big team party we were planning for the fall. But Hurricane Harvey had something else in store for us, and so our celebration plans ended up underwater – quite literally in this case. Yet our team’s response…

How Leading Organizations Make Change Last

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I can barely get my kids to pick up after themselves, turn off lights after they leave the room, or really make their beds.  By really making their beds, pulling up the top cover while the sheets are still balled up at the foot of the bed is a huge win.  All I am asking them to do is…

Introducing the Same Old, Brand New, Digital Me!

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You can tell a lot about how digital your life has become simply by examining the thirty minutes before and after you sleep each night. When I woke up this morning, the first thing I did was swipe the screen of my [digital] phone to turn off my [digital] alarm clock, which was blaring Your Love is…

A Multi-Generational Model for Collaboration

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The main reason I go to the Aspen Ideas Festival is for the new ideas, models, and people. I never would have met Henry Elkus elsewhere.  Henry is a twenty-something entrepreneur who envisioned a global network in his Yale dorm room. His “big thinker” network, now called Helena,…

What is Blockchain?

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Much is being said these days about blockchain, also referred to as distributed ledger technology, and its impact on business. Let’s be honest with each other: are you familiar with blockchain? If you are not, then the good news is that you are not alone. And if you are extremely familiar, you are…

Overconfidence in Full Effect

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Every so often, I hear the hilarious statistic cited that ninety percent of drivers think that they are better than the average driver. It goes without saying that this is a mathematical impossibility. And it demonstrates the proven cognitive bias known as “illusory superiority.” Why, in an…

The Future Is Here, Are You Ready?

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Digital transformation is on the strategic agenda for many organizations. However, there is confusion about how to differentiate true digital transformation from discrete digital projects shrouded in hyperbole. Process automation is nothing new. However the sheer scale of processes that can be…