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the core of ‘onlyness’

Nilofer Merchant is a Fellow of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management and an author. Her most recent book, The Power of Onlyness: Make Your Wild Ideas Mighty Enough to Dent the World, reveals proven strategies to unleash the power of a new idea. She has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18bn in sales and has held executive positions at Apple, Autodesk, and GoLive Systems. Merchant has provided guidance to companies such as Logitech, Symantec, HP, Yahoo, VMWare, and many others on new product strategies, entering new markets, defending against competitors, and optimizing revenues. In 2013, she was awarded the Thinkers50 Future Thinker Award which is to recognize ‘The #1 Person Most Likely to Influence the Future of Management in Both Theory and Practice’ by the UK-based organization. She is ranked 22 on the 2017 Thinkers50 list of management thinkers.

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project manager as CEO

Antonio Nieto-Rodriguez is an expert in project management and strategy execution. He is the creator of concepts such as the ‘Hierarchy of Purpose’ featured by Harvard Business Review and ‘Project Revolution’, which argues that projects are the lingua franca of the business and personal worlds from the c-suite to managing career or relationships. His work and concepts have been recently recognized by Thinkers50 with the exclusive award ‘Ideas into Practice’.
He is a part of Dr Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 coaches, author of The Focused Organization and a successful trainer supporting executive teams increase their organizations, project execution capabilities. Nieto-Rodriguez is also a visiting professor in leading business schools, including Duke CE, Instituto de Empresa, Solvay Business School, Skolkovo, Ecole des Ponts and Vlerick.

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value in a digital world: dealing with innovation*

José Esteves is Professor of Information Systems at IE Business School in Madrid. He has a wealth of experience in the corporate world as an information system analyst and consultant for companies such as Ciba-Geigy and Sonae Group. He has been included in the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar list of the 30 management thinkers most likely to shape the future of managing and leading organizations.
Francisco J López Lubián is Professor and Head of the Area of Finance at IE Business School in Madrid, and an expert in financial valuation and analysis. He combines his teaching career with an intense career in business as a financial analyst at Hewlett-Packard among other relevant companies. He is a prolific author with seventeen books in his background and a regular contributor to leading newspapers including the Financial Times.

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taking the right lead

In the 2017 Thinkers50 Radar, Deborah Rowland was named one of the new generation of management thinkers changing the world of business.
She is the co-author of Sustaining Change: Leadership That Works, and now, Still Moving: How to Lead Mindful Change. Rowland is a thinker, speaker, writer, coach, and practitioner in the field of leading large complex change.
She has personally led change in major global organizations including Shell, Gucci Group, BBC Worldwide, and PepsiCo. She also founded and grew a consulting firm that pioneered original research in the field, the latest efforts of which were accepted as a paper at the 2016 Academy of Management. She now enjoys collaborating with a growing community of Still Moving change consultants, all dedicated to helping leaders lead change more effortlessly and responsibly.
Rowland has a double first in archaeology and anthropology from Cambridge University, and alongside her change consulting work around the world to CEOs and their teams from across all industries, and teaching change at schools such as Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, she is also a member of the Archbishop’s Review Group into leadership development in the Church of England.

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ideas for the future

Des Dearlove and Stuart Crainer are the founders and directors of Thinkers50. Internationally recognized experts and commentators on management ideas, they are the authors of more than fifteen books available in twenty languages. Former columnists to The (London) Times, they are editors of The Financial Times Handbook of Management.

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DRIVE to the future

Mark Esposito, Ph.D. is professor of business and economics at Harvard University’s Division of Continuing Education and Hult International Business School and co-founder of Nexus FrontierTech, an AI Studio.
Terence Tse, Ph.D. is an associate professor of finance at the London campus of ESCP Europe Business School and co-founder of Nexus FrontierTech, an AI Studio.
Together, they are the authors of Understanding How the Future Unfolds: Using DRIVE to Harness the Power of Today’s Megatrends.

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beyond trade-off thinking

Roger Martin serves as the Institute Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute and the Michael Lee-Chin Family Institute for Corporate Citizenship at the Rotman School of Management and the Premier’s Chair in Productivity & Competitiveness. In 2013, he was named global Dean of the Year by the leading business school website, Poets & Quants. He has published eleven books, the most recent of which are Creating Great Choices written with Jennifer Riel, Getting Beyond Better written with Sally Osberg, and Playing to Win written with A G Lafley, which won the award for Best Book of 2012-13 by Thinkers50. He is also a strategy advisor to the CEOs of companies worldwide, including Procter & Gamble, Lego, IDEO, and Verizon. In this exclusive interview with The Smart Manager, the strategy guru unravels the way to leverage the tension of opposing ideas to create transformative new value—the basic premise of Creating Great Choices.

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value core

In his book Breakout Growth Strategies for Emerging Markets, Professor Jagdish Sheth draws the contours of the 4As framework—acceptability, affordability, accessibility, and awareness—and explains how these can effect transformative change and spark reverse innovation. This outside-in customer-centric approach, which is the foundation of this piece too, is a sure-shot path to gain competitive edge and drive continuous growth.

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the perfect marriage

In an interview in these columns, Michael Lee Stallard had spoken about the importance of a connection culture in addressing six specific human needs in the work context: respect, recognition, belonging, autonomy, personal growth, and meaning. This, he says, is drastically different from a culture of control where individuals with power, control, and status rule over the rest. To ensure productivity and growth, make sure to create an energizing environment wherein employees feel valued.

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the anchor

In The Advantage, author Patrick Lencioni highlights the potential of organizational health vis-à-vis competitive advantage, as opposed to other disciplines such as marketing, strategy, and technology. In this exclusive with The Smart Manager, Dr Christian Marcolli focuses on the leadership aspect of organizational well-being—how high performance can be tied directly to how leadership communicates and why it is crucial for leaders to maintain their credibility.

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