A business model describes how an organisation creates, delivers and captures value. Many companies, even sophisticated ones, do not really understand all the building blocks that create the business model that delivers their profits.
Our dreams are a font of zest and vitality, but too often we suppress them before they can work their magic, says Gary Bertwistle, a leading thinker on creativity and innovation and author of six books including Who Stole my Mojo and The Keys to Creativity.
Leaders who foster and nurture their dreams bring excitement to the tasks involved in realising them. “Dreams pull you towards them. Goals are just work!” he says. “You are the role model for everyone in your business, so if you’ve lost your ‘mojo’, there’s a good chance they’re going to lose theirs too.”If there’s one thing that every growth company must do to build and maintain a competitive edge in today’s fast-paced global economy, it’s making great decisions. Think about Apple’s decision to bring back Steve Jobs as CEO after he had departed for a decade – and brought the company back to glory.
Recently Kristina Karlsson, the founder and CEO of the stationary and gifts chain, kikki.K, started getting up at 5am every day.
“As simple as it sounds, I’ve started waking up at 5am and it’s made a huge impact on my days,” she says. “Getting up early gives me time to think, read, write, be inspired and exercise – and I can do it all before the rest of the family wakes and the normal day-to-day starts.”
Modern leadership orthodoxy is responsible for a disaffected, disengaged workforce, and many a corporate disaster, according to Simon Sinek, leadership expert and author of Leaders Eat Last.In his new book, Sinek wants to persuade us beyond the shadow of a doubt that when leadership is focused on power and control, it will fail. By contrast, leadership based on protecting and caring for employees and customers will create results that are sometimes astonishing and always better than the alternative.