Commercial Awareness Skills - you need more evidence of their importance?

Commercial Awareness Skills – you need more evidence of their importance?

Commercial awareness skills are often seen and discussed by organisations as being key to success, however, few invest in the area in a focused way.  In the UK over the past couple of weeks we’ve become increasingly aware of the challenges faced by the major incumbents in the grocery sector, and in particular Tesco, who…

How well do you trust? - what's your propensity to trust?

How well do you trust? – what’s your propensity to trust?

In the previous article we looked at two types of trust, cognitive-based trust and affect-based trust, which are based on technical competency, and emotional attachment respectively.  We also acknowledged that relationships are of course made up of both links and nodes and in this article we’re going to focus on the people (the nodes) and…

Without risk there's no need for trust - but business runs on risk

Without risk there’s no need for trust – but business runs on risk

I’m sure, that if asked, we’d all like to consider ourselves trusting and trustworthy, but how well do we understand what trust is?  At the superficial level possibly, but with its importance shouldn’t we think a bit deeper? Whilst change has always been a part of the business world, it can be argued that with increases in…

Business Model Transformation - an R&D investment?

Business Model Transformation – an R&D investment?

The difference between winners and losers is often that winners are able to see opportunities and position themselves to take advantage of them better than others in the market.  Increasingly, positioning to take advantage of new opportunities can include the need to achieve business model transformation. We don’t have to look too far for examples of…

Defining innovation - what does it mean for functional professionals?

Defining innovation – what does it mean for functional professionals?

‘Innovation’, ‘big data’, ‘the cloud’, ‘sustainability’, and the list goes on.  Business loves buzzwords.  There’s no two ways about it, every technology wave, or generation has it’s lexicon. I came across a great quote from Henry Ford’s autobiography in which he speaks about ‘making to order’: Ask a hundred people how they want an article…

So you think you're innovative? Prove it!

So you think you’re innovative? Prove it!

Are you really walking the talk? Can you measure your actions and see improvements? This article reveals survey results that cover issues like these — results that might inspire a second look at your organization… As organizations, we believe the future of the professions we represent will be greatly enhanced by our ability not only…