Happy 60th Anniversary China!

When Are We Seeing A Parade Of Chinese Global Brands? by Idris Mootee Happy Birthday China! China celebrated its rise to a world power over 60 years of Communist rule recently, showing the world their capabilities in its biggest-ever parade of state-of-the-art military hardware. It has come a long way and still has a long way to go. I attended ...

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A No Spin Zone

Status Quo - The Big Lie

As a follow-up to my interview last week with Chris Brogan, New York Times bestselling author of “Trust Agents”, I felt that it was only appropriate to take a closer look at the topic of trust. My feeling is that business should be a no spin zone because trust really does matter. However in the wake of some of the ...

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Live Coverage of the World Business Forum

We will be bringing you live coverage on Twitter of the World Business Forum today and tomorrow (October 6-7, 2009) from the Radio City Music Hall in New York City. Here is a partial list of the amazing speaker lineup: PRESIDENT BILL CLINTON – Embracing our Common Humanity PAUL KRUGMAN – The Future of the Global Economy GEORGE LUCAS – ...

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Content is No Longer King

We often hear that content is king. But I wonder if this is still true. Let’s take some very simple examples. I am sure most of you know that the iPod was not a revolutionary invention. It was merely a new spin on the already existing MP3 player. The real innovation was the integration of the iPod with iTunes. This ...

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Generating Social Leads

Let’s face it, the term ‘social media’ doesn’t mean much. It’s passive, and speaks more to the channel vs. the intent or objective of what’s actually happening there. Your customers are talking to each other. They always have. Only now, they have tools to do it faster, in real-time, and in front of everybody else. That’s social media. But social ...

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Is Open Innovation really cheaper?

The longer you hang around a subject, the more interesting the rumors and misperceptions. Innovation seems to spawn a number of fallacies, probably because it is very important, haphazardly performed and misunderstood by management. The combination of importance, carelessness and ignorance probably spawns a lot of fallacies. In fact, it sounds a lot like teen sex in a way. One ...

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Innovation for CEOs

Innovation is one of the most misunderstood concepts; time to clear things up. What is an innovator? Definitions abound by all kinds of academics and business experts, but in reality most innovations are just a new way of doing something. One of my favorite innovations was George Foreman’s lean, mean, grilling machine and all of its recent derivatives. George just ...

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What's Your Blockbuster Strategy?

Six months ago the Blockbuster Video store a mile from my house closed. Last week, the store three miles from my house closed. I don’t even know where the next closest location is, so I guess my family has rented its last Blockbuster video. While I was surprised that both locations near me were shut down, I had read that ...

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Flash Mobs and the Participation Economy

Kevin Roberts will be speaking at the World Business Forum in New York City, October 6-7, 2009. Here is our latest hand-picked article: Source: daylife.com Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong (C, black shirt, yellow helmet) rides in Los Angeles’ Griffith Park with local cyclists on September 10, 2009 by Kevin Roberts A couple of weeks ago a few ...

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It's About Hubris, Stupid

Book Review of “How the Mighty Fall” by Bob Donnelly Jim Collins, the well known author of “Good to Great” and coauthor of “Built to Last” has done it again in this book that explains why successful companies stumble, and eventually fail; or are able to recover and continue. His analysis is captured in clear examples of what he calls ...

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