​When You’re Put on the Spot in a Meeting, Don’t Panic

Being put on the spot during a meeting can be an unwelcome surprise. But if you’re prepared to speak up and say something useful, you can turn it into an opportunity to show your expertise. Before your next meeting, look through the agenda and write some notes about questions you have and any points you might raise. If you’re called on in the meeting, speak slowly and confidently, and introduce your comments with some context so that colleagues know where you are headed. Of c

Keep Your Network Small and Meaningful​

The research on networking is clear: High-quality connections are more valuable than weak ties. That means a bigger network is not necessarily better. If your network isn’t helping you forge deeper, more authentic relationships, it may be time to shrink it. Start by taking stock of your priorities. Is how you’re spending your time aligned with your goals? For example, does that monthly lunch with a distant contact add value to your life? Does that conference you’ve attended f

When Starting a New Job, Lay the Groundwork for Your Success

If you want to excel in a new job, you can’t rely on the orientations and meetings that HR sets up for you. Take control of your onboarding by cultivating connections up, down, and across the organization. Figure out who the influencers are in relation to your role, and get to know them face-to-face. And don’t make the common mistake of assuming you know what your top goals should be and how best to communicate with your new manager. Ask your boss questions to better understa

Perfectionists, Think About When You’ve Succeeded Imperfectly

Being a perfectionist isn’t easy, especially if your desire for everything to be just right causes you to put off decisions, worry over sunk costs, or ruminate over failures and weaknesses. To help yourself ease up, try focusing on and learning from your successes. Ask yourself: Have I always done everything flawlessly? (Probably not.) Have I always been certain of success in advance? (Unlikely.) Remembering times when you succeeded despite being imperfect will give you the c

How to Share Your Expertise Without Looking Arrogant

If you want to advance your career, people need to know what you’re an expert in. But you shouldn’t go around bragging about everything you know. Instead, display your expertise in ways that are helpful to your colleagues. For instance, you could volunteer to host a lunch-and-learn about a topic you’ve been researching that’s relevant for your industry. Or you could write something on the topic for the company newsletter. You could even offer advice or respond to queries on t

Presenting in English When It Isn’t Your Native Language

If you aren’t a native speaker of English, giving a presentation in the language may be very stressful. Using the right approach can help. Take extra time to prepare your delivery, and practice more than you think you need to. Yes, your PowerPoint slides matter, but rehearsing your presentation out loud matters even more. Start your presentation by speaking slowly, and articulate your words carefully and confidently. This will help listeners acclimate to your voice, which is

Build a Network That Challenges Your Point of View

When your network is mostly people whose backgrounds and skill sets are similar to yours, it’s unlikely to help you find new ideas or creative solutions. Diversify your network by connecting with people whose viewpoints, insights, and experiences differ from your own. When you meet someone new, talk about what you don’t have in common. Ask friends to introduce you to their contacts who have an interesting job or who work in a unique space. In particular, try to meet people wh

Millennials Expects Business Leaders and Corporations to Assume Social Leadership.

Surveys of 10,455 millennials questioned across 36 countries shows increasing doubts whether businesses are really helping society and fewer than a half of the respondents in 2018 said they think companies behave ethically. The message is clear: Young workers are eager for business leaders to be proactive about making a positive impact in society—and to be responsive to employees’ needs. When asked whether particular groups were having a positive or negative impact on the wo

Traditional Technology Adoption vs. Big-Bang Disruption

Big-bang disruptions don’t follow the usual pattern of customer adoption famously described by Everett Rogers. According to his model, new products sequentially gain popularity with five market segments. In the big-bang model, new products are perfected with a few trial users and then are embraced quickly by the vast majority of the market. #digital #technology #innovation #disrupting #strategy #success #business

Cryptocurrency is a lot more than FinThech. KFC Venezuela Accepts Dash Cryptocurrency, Joining Subwa

"Cryptocurrency and blockchain?! Oh just passing fads! a Bubble! It will never happen" Cryptocurrency and blockchain? maybe in Fintech as a very narrow solution. In the real world it will never happen. How many times have you heard something like this? I bet a lot. Well that's the typical approach of conservatives who are not willing to accept change despite the fact that this change is coming. It happened before, it will happen again and when the change finally comes, they w

Major Indian Business School Issues Blockchain Certs to fight Fake Degrees

While the western world seems to be weirdly questioning the value of degrees and competences, due to the late rise of nationalism and the whole fake news and alternative facts barrage, some other countries (probably destined to global leadership positions in the near future) value so much the importance of instruction and education that are using technology Blockchain technology to secure the validity of education's certificates. India’s top ten business school, SP Jain Schoo

Norwegian Bank Storebrand Lost Almost $12 Billion in Value for ‘Fat-Finger’ Error

Storebrand, a leading Norwegian financial services group worth more than $81 billion shed 14 percent of its share value on Wednesday morning after falling victim to a phenomenon known as a “fat-finger” error. The term refers to an erroneous keyboard or mouse input that places a buy or sell order that is magnitudes larger than intended, or that places an order for the wrong asset or contract, or any other significant variation that substantially skews market outcomes. Norwegia

How Blockchain could fix Facebook Fake news Problem.

Following the digital revolution trajectory we live in exciting times. Lines between industries are blurring and well above 50% of executives know their main competitors in 5 years it’s going to be a different company. We shifted form a sustained advantage model to a transient advantage model in which continuous Innovation is going to be the only way for companies to stay relevant and exist. In this context, widely due to the endemic distribution of digital technologies empow

If You Are an Ohio Business, You Can Now Pay Taxes with Bitcoin

Ohio will become the first state in the US to officially accept tax payments in bitcoin, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Beginning this week, businesses who plan to make settlements for their taxes with bitcoin can visit OhioCrypto.com and register to pay all their corporate taxes to the government in BTC. The state government has partnered with crypto payment processor BitPay to handle the payment in crypto and conversion to dollars for the tax office. The idea wa

If Your Innovation Fails It's Your Fault!

It's time to address the elephant in the room: If Innovation fails, dear companies, is greatly due to how you manage and approach innovation (or better how you avoid it) It's not my love of punk and rockn'roll that is typing, but my will of clearly show the main reason why Innovation fails in large companies as Albert Einstein used to say "If you can't say it simply it means you haven't understood it well enough" Let's take a step back: why Innovation is so Important? What is

How Design Thinking Helps the Adoption of Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been around since the late 50's. Its development and the interest around its different forms (is it Strong AI or Weak AI, Symbolic Reasoning or Machine Learning on Artificial Neural Networks) has been a rollercoaster. Super hyped in the 60's and 70's then almost abandoned until the late 80's and 90's and now again in the spotlight. Being a hot topic there is also a lot of confusion around AI. I have been personally working with and in companie

How Company Culture Makes Innovation Ability of Every Organisation

Companies benefit when employees speak up. When employees feel comfortable voicing their opinions, suggestions, or concerns, organizations become better at handling threats and opportunities. Not only. Evidences show that the more radical the collaboration the better it is. Data are clear: in order for Innovation to flourish you need to protect Dissenters. But in order to protect dissenters you first need to have them. Executives can create the right context towards innovati

How to Diversify Your Professional Network and Foster Innovation

Diverse networks can foster new ways of thinking by connecting you to people whose viewpoints, insights, resources, and lived experiences differ from your own. Consider a 1985 study by Carnegie Mellon researcher Robert Kelley and Janet Caplan, who analyzed the characteristics of exceptional engineers at Bell Labs. According to their research, IQ didn’t explain the difference between top performers and average ones; star performers approached their jobs differently. The most-p

The Right Way for an Established Firm to Do an Innovation Pilot with a Startup

For innovation-hungry legacy firms, partnering with a startup can be appealing. Relatively small sums of time and money can quickly yield generous returns. With due diligence and decent design, these partnerships can go beyond good results and energize organizations that have become too comfortable or complacent with everyday routines. In return, the startups typically get valuable references or valued customers. “Startnership” success, however, is all too rare. The majority

Your Company Needs a More-Radical Board of Directors!

What’s a typical independent director’s worst nightmare? My guess is that while a poor balance sheet might cause restless sleep, it’s the thought of an incorrectly reported balance sheet that brings on night terrors. It’s not surprising. Remember the public shaming – and heavy sentences — heaped on Enron and Worldcom for their accounting (and more importantly, ethical) failures? In the years that followed these and other corporate lapses, our networks of C-level executives re