Set Your Future Free: The Risk-reducing logic of real options
Most commonplace financial tools, such as the net present value rule for investment, are innovation-hostile. This energizing talk shows how you can harness the power of small bets and the right to stop investing to give you access to amazing opportunities.
Learning to Live with Complexity
Complex systems are different than complicated ones because you can’t make predictions about what they will do. So you need different ways to manage them, including increasing variety, investing in resilience and learning from possible futures.
Speed, stealth and selective attack: Using guerrilla strategies against your entrenched competitors
The logic of guerrilla warfare can be effectively applied to small businesses seeking to compete against larger and better financed rivals. The core idea is to turn your rival’s strengths against them by selectively serving niche businesses and wearing down your opponents over time.
Too important to be left to HR: Talent strategies today
A more turbulent competitive environment has huge implications for your talent strategy. Increasingly, talented people are more interested in signing up for a ‘tour of duty’ than they are in clambering up a lifelong career ladder. This talk addresses how our taken for granted expectations for HR need to be challenged and what new realities are replacing them.
The necessary art of disengagement: When you know that it’s all over
Although people understand that letting businesses with few growth prospects linger on, consuming talent and resources, is a bad idea, that doesn’t mean they go away. Without the courage and commitment to handle disengagement gracefully, organizations are forever held back by their worst-performing units.
Managing the mothership: Because someone has to do it
A key difference between corporate entrepreneurship and startup entrepreneurship is that corporate entrepreneurs have the luxury and the legacy of an established business that exists to execute against a well understood business model. The success of a venture often depends on how well politics, change and resistance are handled.