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Situationally Adaptive Organizations for 21st Century Transformation and Thriving

Mark Chasan | Posted 06.02.2014 | Business
Mark Chasan

Using a single form of organizational structure for all circumstances is like using a single tool for all situations. When presented with a tomato or a screw, we hit with our hammer. If only we had a knife for the tomato and a screwdriver for the screw, we would be more efficient and effective.

From Generation X to Millennials and Upfront to NewFront: The Digital Disruption

Esmeralda Swartz | Posted 07.05.2014 | Media
Esmeralda Swartz

These days, with an estimated population of more than 80 million, millennials are growing up and becoming powerful in the way that matters most to advertisers.

Building a Successful Brand

Nova Lorraine | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
Nova Lorraine

Elton is on top of his game and proves that you really can have it all, on and off the court. Read along and find out what it takes to reach entrepreneurial success and achieve all around greatness.

The Daily Innovator: It's Not Who You Know But How They Think

Kevin McDermott | Posted 06.16.2014 | Business
Kevin McDermott

Students of reasoning styles can boost their success at convincing others of the wisdom of a new idea by identifying and adapting to the logic filters of decision makers. Sizing up a situation realistically lets us know what to expect when we're pitching a new idea, and how to make the most of it.

How to Assess a Social Enterprise

Hila Mehr | Posted 04.21.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

How do we really know when an organization is doing quality work we should rally behind and having a real, positive impact, versus just using the right buzzwords?

The Daily Innovator: Email to the CEO

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 04.12.2014 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

The first thing I need from you is encouragement to take a bigger view of our business sector. We need to show a willingness to press traditional boundaries so we can liberate our thinking to see pockets of opportunity we may have overlooked.

Ideas are the Easy Part: 10 Concrete Steps to Eliminating Fear as an Obstacle to Successful Innovation

Amy Radin | Posted 02.12.2014 | Business
Amy Radin

Established organizations are in the paradoxical position of acknowledging the need for innovation, while at the same time remaining conditioned to the familiar.

The Secret Behind Rent the Runway's Success

Dr. Sasha Galbraith | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Dr. Sasha Galbraith

Why didn't someone come up with this idea before? Guys have rented tuxedos for years. Now women can rent designer evening gowns.

Social Finance vs. Traditional Finance: What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Don Shaffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Most growth businesses face challenges raising capital at some stage in their development. But for social enterprises, which use the power of business to directly improve society and our environment, the obstacles tend to be tougher and more persistent.

Can You Profit From a Pop-up Shop?

Deborah Sweeney | Posted 12.23.2013 | Business
Deborah Sweeney

If you run a small, online business and want to give traditional retail a shot, rent out a space for a few months and see it goes.

Crowdfunding Solutions: 3 Tips for Using Kickstarter to Fund Journalism

Garrett Goodman | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Garrett Goodman

There has been an immense amount of hemming and hawing over the state of the news industry of late. Print circulation is in general decline, digital a...

These Shoes Ain't Just Made for Walkin': The Cause Marketing Biz Model

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
MaryEllen Tribby

TOMS understands that being an advocate for children, as well as being able to defend that advocacy with ease, will alleviate the price barrier and sell more shoes.

The Non-Profit That Didn't Know It

Tinia Pina | Posted 11.05.2013 | Impact
Tinia Pina

I founded a startup almost 2 years ago while working in New York City full-time for a small asset management firm. At the time I was spending most hours volunteering and leveraging roughly 80 percent of my talents and strengths outside the workplace for non-profit organizations.

In Tough Economic Times: Market Smarter, Not Harder

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 10.22.2013 | Business
MaryEllen Tribby

Perhaps one of the greatest benefits of multi-channel marketing is that it provides great customer relationship-building opportunities.

The Daily Innovator: Using Value Constellations to Map New Business Models

Daryl Twitchell | Posted 09.30.2013 | Business
Daryl Twitchell

How does the Daily Innovator take the glimmer of an idea, a gut instinct and build a compelling business case around it to rally support? A good start is to map its value constellation.

Monkey See Monkey Do: A Challenge From SurveyMonkey

Elizabeth Denham | Posted 08.26.2013 | Business
Elizabeth Denham

SurveyMonkey, the world's largest survey company, is leading with its heart. And they are challenging other businesses to follow.

Fixing America's Talent Problem

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Jamie Merisotis

As a nation, our collective response to this challenge will most certainly define our economic and social well-being for decades to come. We are a nation of producers and it's time for us to start producing the talent we need to meet future workforce and civic needs.

Nonprofit Trends: Tax Status vs. Business Model

Marc Chardon | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Marc Chardon

As we move forward, if we can keep our focus on how to best craft, market, sell and support whatever it is we do -- profit or not -- and if we can learn from each other, then we'll all be better off.

Can't Find the Right People? Maybe Your Business Model Is Busted

Ted Harro | Posted 07.24.2013 | Business
Ted Harro

If you find yourself stumped by the question, "How come our salespeople (or developers, or whatever) keep failing?" stop playing around with the stuff on the edges. Ask the more fundamental questions:

Artwork Is Work

Nora Younkin | Posted 06.10.2013 | Arts
Nora Younkin

Artwork is work. Art does not come into existence in a single fell swoop of expressive resolution. Art is not a hobby to a professional artist. Art is labor. Choreographer, painter, composer: these are occupations.

Marketers: Forget the Spending Plan, Focus on Your Consumer

Taddy Hall | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Taddy Hall

Much has been discussed about the short tenure of CMOs. The primary reason for the brevity, however, is a frequent misgiving that successful marketing begins with allocation and ends with execution and measurement.

Rovio Hits Hollywood With a Knock-Out Boulder

Catherine Clinch | Posted 05.13.2013 | Business
Catherine Clinch

While the networks focus on spreading the message of their corporate brand identity, content has become the only brand that matters. If the networks are unwilling to accept this, they will be smashed by a boulder of audience rebellion.

Catherine New

Mom And Pop To Walmart: Bring It

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine New | Posted 03.28.2013 | Small Business

When Dave Jones opened his Georgia hardware store more than 25 years ago, it quickly became the go-to place in Decatur and the surrounding area for bu...

Hidden Costs For The 'Free' App Ecosystem

The Verge | Ellis Hamburger | Posted 01.08.2013 | Technology

Free apps are dangerous, yet free is the dominant business model most mobile apps are taking these days. The roadmap is simple: grow as quickly as pos...

Is Innovation a Path or a Goal -- It Is All About Meaning and Sense-making

Soren Petersen | Posted 03.04.2013 | Business
Soren Petersen

When experimenting with new business models, businesses often attempt to adopt models from more successful firms failing to understand the unique fit these models have with their competitors' culture, organizational architecture, routines and incentive systems.