Executive Street, the daily blog of Vistage International, recently featured an article by Andrea Simon entitled, “Business Stalled? Maybe it’s Your Culture!” In her blog, Andrea asks, “Has growth slowed? Stalled? Gone in the wrong direction? Perhaps it is your Culture.”
Over the past three months, Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC) has conducted Innovation Games® across a gamut of categories and clients…from municipalities to healthcare providers to pharma to plain old manufacturing companies.
In the fall I wrote about nine things you should consider when starting a new business venture. I thought it to be pretty complete. Then someone asked me to write about going into business with a family member. What did I think about that and did I have any words of caution? That’s a pretty thought-provoking question.
Andrea Simon’s insightful and instructive “Ten Business Trends From The Trenches For 2013″ is currently being featured in an article on Forbes.com.
Executive Street, the daily blog of Vistage International, recently featured an article by Andrea Simon entitled, “Randomness Awaits You.” In her blog, Andrea offers words of wisdom to business leaders who could benefit from putting some randomness and chance into their companies to arrive at big ideas.
Culmination of Five Years of Teaching Companies How to Create New Markets for Themselves
New York, NY, February 13, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Andrea Simon, Ph.D., founder and President of Simon Associates Management Consultants (SAMC), has just received her official practitioner certification as a Blue Ocean Strategist following a three-day, action-learning course last week from the Blue Ocean Strategy Network.
· re-invent their products and services
· re-imagine new approaches to deliver value in innovative ways,
creating new markets (Blue Oceans), instead of just competing within existing ones (Red Oceans)
· re-think their business models and brand positioning.“My ChangeMap™ process emerged as it became apparent to me that new ideas needed a mapping system that enabled a company’s employees to better ‘see, feel and think’ about where they were going,” said Simon. “The process often involves ‘backward planning’ in order to find a fresh starting point and then you need to stay on course with a new plan, as old plans interfere with new solutions.”During last week’s certification course, Simon learned more tips about how to apply Blue Ocean Strategy/Value Innovation tools, methodologies, and frameworks to help private and public sector clients thrive through creative innovation.“Despite all of my previous work in the Blue Ocean space, I felt it was important to put the icing on the cake and become certified, especially since requests from clients for Blue Ocean sessions have gone up by 30 percent since last year,” added Simon. “Often clients come to us, knowing that they’ve stalled and can’t stimulate new ideas. Now, we can combine our expertise as corporate anthropologists, and our work from the past with some new tools from this course. Then we can help our clients even more effectively implement strategies to discover successful innovations.”
Any business leaders that are finding themselves stalled should visit the Simon Associates website, read Simon’s blog, or contact her to discuss Blue Ocean strategies.
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The online healthcare information source FierceHealthcare featured a recent blog by Andrea Simon entitled, “Use blogs to manage your healthcare brand.” In her blog, Andrea discusses in depth how in today’s Web-connected times, it’s crucial that physicians understand that they must take control of their reputations and manage their “brand,” because they are a brand.
It is a very interesting experience to sit in a training session to get my practitioner certification on Blue Ocean Strategy®. I feel like I am listening to myself. It has been a long time since I was a student being taught by a professor and not a professor myself.
In several recent blogs I’ve shared with you the trends I’ve been seeing in different parts of the country as I work with clients or deliver workshops to CEOs. Now I want to tell you about growth opportunities that seem to be popping up that might offer you some ideas for your own company.
There is a pattern I am beginning to see as I work with clients or conduct workshops across the country. I invite you to share your thoughts on how you see companies responding to what I am calling the “We’re Stuck” economy, or the “aha” moment when a company realizes that “Uh-oh, the old economy is not coming back and I don’t know what to do.”
At recent workshops I held on innovation, I was fascinated by the answer to my question: “Are you for innovation?” Everyone said “Yes!” But, when I asked, “What are you actually doing to do innovation?” The answers: “Not much!”
There is an adage among folks who work in innovation and creativity that the more ideas you have, the more likely you will have great ones—you just don’t know which ones they are. Often they are at the intersections of ideas…more random than scientific, more by chance than by choice, and more likely to come from luck than rigor.