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Davos 2015: how to follow the World Economic Forum annual meeting on social media

17 January 2015
You know when it’s Davos time when your friends and colleagues on Twitter drop the “D” word, and when on January 20th your twitter feed gets inundated by pictures of a cute red train trolling through the foothills of Switzerland as participants make the annual pilgrimage to the small Swiss village. If you are not part of the lucky few, you can still follow the event from the comfort of your home or office. Here is a primer on the how and where.

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What’s to Like with the Facebook Dislike button

12 January 2015
When Zuckerberg hinted in December 2014 that Facebook was considering a dislike button, the media were quick to react and point out the many flaws of this idea: the possibility of cyberbullying, of fostering hate feelings, and many other potential negatives.Frankly, I see the dislike button as a potentially valuable tool for consumers. The icon has the potential to change the face of marketing forever.

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Davos 2014: how to follow the World Economic Forum annual meeting on social media

9 January 2014
Davos is around the corner. If you have not yet received the coveted invitation, you can still follow the event from the comfort of your home or office. Over 2000 executives, heads of state, academics, NGOs, thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs and technology pioneers will meet, talk, debate, often disagree. Many of those conversations exit the walls of the Davos Congress center so that you can participate. Here is a primer on the how and where.

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50 Competitive Intelligence Analysis Techniques

7 October 2013
Analysis is often where the ball drops as far as competitive intelligence analysts are concerned. Yet this is the only way the team can truly extract insights from the data and the intelligence gathered, and have a chance to play a role in the company’s strategic planning process. You will find below 50 analysis techniques you should master. This is not a complete list, and it should be adapted depending on the strategic needs of your company, as well as the nature of your business.

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Back-to-school in 2030: what could it look like ?

5 September 2013
On the morning of the new school year 2030, Juliette reflects on her education and how this has changed since 2013...

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Picking up weak signals in the new digital age: HR challenges

11 June 2013
One of the crucial stepping stone into making sense of the world’s unpredictability is the ability for managers and executives to be able to pick weak signals early and to know how to act. Yet, I have taught now for over 15 years to managers and senior executives, and have found little evidence in business school of training that focuses on that skill. How can one help and train corporate executives to cope with unpredictability?

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Who is the most influential corporate governance tweeter in 2013 ?

23 April 2013
For the third year in a row, we review the most influential experts on Twitter debating corporate governance issues and trends.

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Davos 2013: how to follow the World Economic Forum annual meeting on social media

14 January 2013
It is that time of the year again, and over 2000 executives, heads of state, NGOs, thought-leaders, social entrepreneurs and technology pioneers are getting ready to meet in Davos. If you are not one of the happy few- or have not married one!- you can still follow the event from the comfort of your home or office. I thought I’d put together a guide for you – which I will update regularly as more information is released.

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2012, month by month

18 December 2012
As 2012 unfolds, a look back at the work done and lessons learned.

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Social media is giving companies fresh strategic insight

13 November 2012
In this article, which I co-published yesterday with Martin Harrysson and Hugo Sarrazin in the McKinsey Quarterly, we discuss how social media is opening opportunities for companies to collect and hunt fresh strategic insight from social media and how social technologies can play a surprisingly central role in how information is sourced, collected, analyzed, and distributed. Social Media is not displacing current methods of intelligence gathering, but emerges as a strong complement. As it does, social-intelligence literacy will become a critical asset for C-level executives and board members seeking the best possible basis for their decisions.

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The quickest way to the top of your business...

18 August 2012
" The quickest way to the top of your business is to turn it upside down" . The quote extracted from the book is "Banksy" by Will Ellsworth Jones hit home and reminded me once more that the best ideas and inspirations one gets is always when turning in to new territories.

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Who is the most influential corporate governance tweeter in 2012 ?

3 June 2012
Last year, I wrote a blog that summarized the most influencial experts on Twitter discussing corporate governance. One year later, let's look at what has changed.

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Boards of directors: less oversight, more foresight?

28 February 2012
With the revelation of each new failure caused by “strategic short-sightedness,” as illustrated by the recent Kodak, HP, RIM and Blockbuster failures, companies must rethink their governance systems and in particular the role of the board of directors.

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Davos: If you come in with your pre-conceptions, the only thing you'll fall in love with are your own assumptions and biases

20 January 2012
To get value from Davos, you have to make it "your" Davos- pick carefully the content that interests you, reach out to those who inspire you, enjoy the serendipity encounter. If you come in with your pre-conceptions, the only thing you'll fall in love with in Davos are your own assumptions and biases.

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Decision making: It's all about taking off - and landing safely…

5 December 2011
There is one profession who has studied carefully decision making, trained thousands of decision makers to allow them to make decisions in minutes, in very uncertain conditions: the airline and airplane industry. Managers and executives could learn from them.

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"Because I Dare" - Women on Boards

18 October 2011
Women flooded the “Women on Boards Bootcamp” sessions at the Women's Forum which took place in Deauville this week, reflecting that the pool of women candidates willing to sit on boards was indeed rich, diverse, and experienced. "Because I dare” could best summarize the discussions – and the general mood: women need to take a much more aggressive approach if they want to set foot in the boardroom. They need to gain self confidence to seek out those board positions, leverage their relevant experiences in governance, and stop to be simply waiting for the opportunities to be presented to them.

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Boards and CEOs: Introducing the "Strategic Blindspots Index"©

3 October 2011
As industries become increasingly complex, it is more difficult than ever to govern companies. As an executive or a board member, you are often responsible for identifying where the company might have underestimated a strategic risk, or where you are failing to see a strategic opportunity. Competia has developed over the past few years a systematic approach to enable management teams to examine your company's strategy and lead discussions around potential "blindspots" - untapped opportunities and overlooked risks. We are now introducing the "Strategic Blindspots Index"©, a systematic method to assess the risk of a strategic blindspot developing, and a way to compare a company's risk profile with industry peers.

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When Social Media Matters: a Guide to the Board of Directors for better Governance

8 September 2011
As the use of social media is rapidly spreading and challenging every single company business model and strategy, it is time for directors to understand the implications for corporate governance.

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McKinsey, I am thankful

31 May 2011
As many Mckinsey alumni and members of the global business community, I have been following with much interest and awe the developments of the Mckinsey saga, and its shocking revelations. What bothered me was the complete disconnect between what I was reading, and the McKinsey I know, the people I worked with. I started wondering why I was taking this issue so personally. After all, why should I care so much about a company who employed me almost 20 years ago? I think it basically comes down to this: I am thankful

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The Executive Education Playlist

24 May 2011
As digital convergence, peer to peer, and global word of mouth is shaking industry from media to telecommunications or even banking, there is little evidence that Executive Management Education is evolving at the same rate. There seems to be a the discontinuity between trends going on in adjacent industries, and the way executive education is taught.

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The official (and unofficial) voices of Davos

19 January 2011
The World Economic Forum Meeting 2001 in Davos will start on January 25th, and for the many who did not get an invitation, there is hope: the discussions, insights, questions will be discussed in many forum, many places, many platforms… here is a short guide to be able to get the most at Davos (even if you are AT Davos, this is a good way to multiply the intensity of the experience…

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Who is the most influential corporate governance tweeter in 2011 ?

12 January 2011
I have listed the corporate governance experts on Twitter and used Klout to analyze and score the influence of those experts.

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Management at its Best: Learnings and Insights from Indian companies Best Practices

15 November 2010
In the next few days, I will be fortunate to attend the World Economic Forum's Summit in India. I will bring back to you some of the learnings and insights gained from interactions and discussions with Indian leaders and CEOs.

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Tapping into the Invisible Web for Competitive Intelligence

9 November 2010
Did you know that over 70% of the Web cannot be accessed by search engines ? As the world is now almost exclusively using Google to access content on the Web, few research professionals realize that this tool - among other search engines- will not give them access to the data they need.



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The Invisible Web, however, included a wealth of structured, validated data that is crucial for Competitive Intelligence Professionals. This short note will outline some of the principle underlining the Invisible Web, as well as tools that will help you access it.

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Ten ways you can use Twitter for Competitive Intelligence

21 October 2010
Twitter is turning out to be a fantastic tool for Competitive Intelligence professionals: it allows them not only to screen competitors actions, but also to build an effective - and "crowdsourced" scanning of news and trends. Here are the TOP 10 uses of Twitter for anyone who is involved with marketing, market research, business development, and strategic analysis.

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Gone with the wind... blindspots and Skype

20 September 2010
Last winter, I was approached by one of the major investors in Skype, who thought that the research I have done on strategic blindspots would be very valuable for the new team leading Skype's strategy. I got very excited by the opportunity- I believe the company has succeeded in touching its customers in a rare and intimate way...Yet, the investors showed little interest in exploring potential blindspots... A few month later, as Google and Facebook challenge the company, Skype could very well be gone with the wind...

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Top 6 applications on your ipad for Competitive Intelligence

22 June 2010
I have now been playing for a few months with my ipad, and have been researching to answer the following question: "Does this new tool offer new opportunities for Competitive Intelligence and Strategy professionals?". Although this is just the beginning - I expect many new applications to come in as more users adopt the ipad- here is my best-of list of applications that I am now regularly using when scanning news, facilitating strategic discussions, and trying to simplify my life altogether.

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What you should know about "Competitive Intelligence Advantage" if you have not yet read it

10 June 2010
I rarely read business books, especially in my field, so I was very happy to receive a copy of the book "Competitive Intelligence Advantage"by Seena Sharp. In many respects, the book is a good introduction to Competitive Intelligence. It covers the aspects of the sources of information, the need to check the validity of the information, the stages of CI, and the differences- and linkages with market research. I selfishly enjoyed the first part of the book more (when she is grasping the challenge of describing the mindset of Competitive Intelligence ) than the second half (geared towards to less experienced Competitive Intelligence professionals).

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Great minds: Meet Abhijit Bhaduri, Chief Learning Officer of WIPRO (105,000 employees learning...)

12 May 2010
I am pleased to introduce you to Abhijit Bhaduri, who has the challenging mandate of helping WIPRO's 105,000 employees to learn... Abhijit is Abhijit Bhaduri is the Chief Learning Officer of Wipro Ltd and is based out of Bangalore,India. He is a man of multiple facets and will talk about how HE learns, his sources of inspiration, and what is changing on the way the most successful India IT company trains its people...

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Senior Management Buy-In and How to Get It

29 April 2010
When clients and executives ask me how to gain top management attention, I usually make a simple comparison: CEOs or top managers are kind of like kids, to attract their attention you have to wave a shiny toy in front of them, and if you ask them if they prefer A or B, they'll say "both." This example illustrates how difficult it can be to please your senior management. However, some competitive intelligence analysts seem to get it: the door of the CEO's office is always open for them, he or she returns their phone calls, reads the e-mails they send, acts upon their recommendations, and these analysts do not seem to have any difficulty in getting budgets approved. What's the recipe? The following article highlights 9 steps to gain senior management buy-in.

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The Future of Search

26 April 2010
I am fascinated by this presentation by Microsoft about Pivot... could it finally be the solution or direction of search engines? "We tried to step back and design an interaction model that accommodates the complexity and scale of information rather than the traditional structure of the Web..."- Gary Flake, Microsoft

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Biases in Decision Making

11 April 2010
Why do smart executives, with lots of experience in their role and their industry, make the wrong decisions? Is it only because they do not have the correct information and analysis? Or, perhaps, that other biases creep into their decision making process?

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Top Bookmarks to Research Companies and Industries

5 April 2010
When you download this page, you will get a file that contains my best sources of information and the tools I use when researching on the Web. The tools are categorized based on what you need to research: competitors or companies, people profiles, financial information, trends, etc...

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