Problem Sizing

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This story about the Waterwheel really moved me: “When Cynthia Koenig, a young social entrepreneur from New York, learned that millions of girls and women around the world spend hours each day collecting water from distant sources, she decided to create a new way to help people in poor communities transport water and it’s called […]

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Is Big Data all that? Consider the source.

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A seriously content rich debate ensued in the past 24 hours on the validity of big data and accompanying algorithms that govern them. The central hypothesis we’re debating is MIT Professor Andrew McAfee’s assertion that algorithms are smarter than human judgement. Three sources you want to peruse if you want to play: Professor McAfee’s original […]

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Who Spiked the Enterprise Activity Stream?

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As someone who leads products and even before I did, I’ve never understood the obsession with feeds and activity streams in the context of enterprise social software applications or for that matter, enterprise software applications. The bedrock of the fabled “Facebook for the Enterprise” meme was the feed and enterprise software applications rushed to re-produce […]

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Social Media: Is the juice worth the squeeze?

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Nora Aufreiter, Julien Boudet and Vivian Weng at McKinsey and Co. have published some excellent research on the current state of consumer email that came my way via my old pal and newly minted colleague, Maggie Fox. Just as Altimeter Research founder Charlene Li’s work on internal social technology usage showed less than what you might […]

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Doing the “Social Co-opetition Two-Step” with Luis Suarez

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Look, I have a huge problem with Social Software’s war on Email. I wrote a whole post about it and we had a vigorous debate. But if there’s only one person on the planeT I’m willing to listen to on this topic, it’s the fabulous Luis Suarez from IBM. Here 12 odd minutes of Luis […]

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The Execution Advantage

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I’ve always put a lot of stock in business execution. The first book and management thinker I was truly influenced by was not Porter’s concepts on Competitive Advantage but (the late) Professor CK Prahalad’s notion of competing on Execution. I’ve been specific about this in a post and Nilofer Merchant did a great job illustrating this in her Harvard Business Review piece. […]

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The Sales VP’s Conundrum

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I recently had the chance to dig into challenges faced by Sales Executives with Rawn Shah, a prominent practitioner on line of business collaboration and columnist at Forbes. It’s tough out there for the VP of Sales: Depending on the size of her organization, she has 10 or 100 or even 500 reps to onboard. […]

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